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12:25 PM ET, May 30, 2006

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New York Times:
Technology and Easy Credit Give Identity Thieves an Edge  —  PHOENIX — In a Scottsdale police station last December, a 23-year-old methamphetamine user showed officers a new way to steal identities.  —  His arrest had been unremarkable.  This metropolitan area, which includes Scottsdale and Phoenix …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Networks are the New Media  —  No one can argue that MySpace has been the "it girl" for the past year.  And the fact that she belongs to Rupert Murdoch only seems to have heightened the envy, and gotten everyone's knickers in a twist.  As a result, it seems that nearly every media company …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Sidekick Launches June 26th?  —  Rumor: Sidekick Launches June 26th?  —  READ MORE: CELLPHONES, SIDEKICK, SIDEKICK 3, SIDEKICK III  —  We've had our share of pictures and guesses, but it looks like this time may just be the right time for the Sidekick III.
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Pew: Nearly 50 MM Americans Create Web Content  —  At home broadband users are more likely to create and post user-generated content on the Web, according to the "Home Broadband Adoption 2006," a report published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  —  Forty-eight million American adults …
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John Horrigan / pewinternet.org:
Home Broadband Adoption 2006: Home broadband adoption is going …
Discussion: Coding Horror, Screenwerk and TechBlog
New York Times:
Cell Carriers Seek Growth by Catering to Hispanics  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 29 — Now that nearly three out of four people in this country have mobile phone service, cellphone companies are chasing new customers by marketing to ever more specific slices of the population.  But one group is getting extra attention: Hispanics.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Earn Cellphone Minutes by Watching Ads  —  With the cost of mobile phone calls already dropping sharply, Virgin Mobile USA plans to announce a way that people can talk for no money at all.  They will, however, have to pay with a chunk of their attention.  —  The program, called SugarMama …
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
A Concept Misunderstood by Wall Street: "Voice" and "TV" as an Application  —  When Vonage had the courage to launch their consumer voice over broadband service in March, 2002, they did so at a time when everyone else was on the sidelines just watching and waiting.
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog and Realtime-VoIP
NEWS.com.au:
Sir, I'm afraid it's 'ringxiety'  —  IT IS a familiar and unnerving sensation: the false belief that you can hear your mobile phone ringing or vibrating.  —  Now the phenomenon is so widespread it has an official name: "ringxiety".  —  People have grown emotionally dependent on their mobiles …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET's AllYouCanUpload Is Disruptive  —  CNET very quietly launched a simple new photo uploading site called AllYouCanUpload last week.  At first glance it doesn't appear to be very special or disruptive.  But it is.  —  By launching AllYouCanUpload, CNET just pulled the rug out from under …
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Old media to embrace internet upstarts  —  High-level media and advertising executives are to meet for a brainstorming session aimed at capitalising on the surging popularity of social networking websites.  —  McKinsey, the management consultancy, is understood to have asked senior executives …
fifaworldcup.yahoo.com:
Catch all the action on FIFAworldcup.com  —  The Official Site of the FIFA World Cup™ is packed with fresh new features to give you the best and most extensive coverage ever of the biggest sporting event on the planet.  Check it out for yourself... More...
Discussion: Treonauts
Reuters:
AMD to invest $2.5 billion in German factories  —  Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 maker of microchips for personal computers, said on Monday it will spend an additional $2.5 billion to upgrade and expand its two factories in Germany.  —  The investment comes as AMD steadily gains market share …
Matt Biddulph / hackdiary:
Alas, Second Life!  Web 2.0 in a virtual world  —  Second Life has been my new hacking obsession ever since I bought a laptop fast enough to run it.  I don't spend a lot of time socialising in the gameworld, but I am fascinated by the possibilities for makers of new user interfaces, useful virtual objects and playful toys.
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Clickable Culture
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Mac OS drivers appear in Dell download list  —  Somehow, some way, Mac OS drivers have appeared as a download option for a Dell Latitude X1.  How many times do we have to tell you Michael Dell: You can't sell Mac OS X, no matter how often or how badly you wish to sell an operating system that's made for this century.
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
What's Missing in Web 2.0?  —  Web applications replacing the desktop?  Here are two problems we need to solve before that can happen.  —  I'm sitting in the New York Café in Budapest, Hungary.  It recently got redone after being in a sorry state since 1956, when it had a run-in with a Russian tank.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
FactoryJoe / FactoryCity:
What's your community model?  —  I didn't think that I'd come to resent the question "What's your business model?" as much as Andy does, but I have.  While a relevant question with the appropriate disclosure of intent (i.e. "How will you sustain the work that you're doing …
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Music Phones Want to Be Free  —  For years, people have been speculating about the two possible futures of portable devices.  Are they going to continue to be somewhat specialized, or will we end up with one device that does everything?  From the music fan's perspective …
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Pay Bills With a Click?  More Americans Are Doing It and Banks Are Loving It  —  FROM the annals of Online Economics 101 comes this shocker: free is good, especially when it comes to paying bills.  —  Big billers like Verizon Wireless and ConEd learned this bit of wisdom years ago …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sharp's MP-B300: where thin and ugly meet  —  This 8.9-millimeter thin Sharp-made eyesore goes by the name MP-B300.  It ekes-out up to 1GB of on-board memory with the possibility for more via miniSD expansion.  Yeah, the included FM-transmitter is kinda cool, allowing the player to pump tunes …
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
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