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12:00 PM ET, June 2, 2006


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Rafe Needleman / CNET
Coming soon: the Wi-Fi MP3 player  —  I love my iPod, but I do not love that it's basically a PC accessory.  No PC (or Mac) nearby means no content on the iPod, and no updates.  There's got to be a better way.  —  I've previously covered a company, Music Gremlin, that's building a Wi-Fi-enabled music player.
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
SIRIUS Wearable Unveiled?  Zing's new device (PHOTO)  —  Looks like CNET has given us a photo of the upcoming Zing Wi-Fi MP3 Player - this very well could be the first actual glimpse we get at the new SIRIUS Wearable device - or at least something close to it.
Discussion: 21talks
SONY DELIVERS FULL HIGH DEFINITION WITH EXPANDED GRAND WEGA SXRD MICRODISPLAY LINE-UP  —  Five New Models Include 1080p Inputs with Screen Sizes Up to 70 inches  —  LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2006 - Strengthening its leadership in the microdisplay market, Sony Electronics today introduced five …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and HD Beat
SONY UNVEILS FIRST A V RECEIVER DESIGNED TO OPTIMIZE BLU-RAY DISC, OTHER HD SOURCES  —  LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2006 - Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) players now have a new companion with Sony's latest A/V receiver.  —  Whether it's 1080p pass-through, eight channels of uncompressed audio …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why I think ClickFraud is far greater than imagined.  —  This is an opinion piece.  So take it as such.  To all those who have asked me.  This is why I think clickfraud FAR exceeds what is being published by search companies.  —  1. Hackers exist.  —  2. Hackers exist for profit.
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Movielink On the Block  —  The download site owned by some of Hollywood's biggest studios is searching for a buyer, but would-be acquirers have balked at film-usage terms  —  It's become the hottest thing to do in Hollywood, right after getting a choice table at the upscale Chinese eatery Mr. Chow.
Carlo / Techdirt:   For Sale: One Crappy Movie Download Site
USA Today:
U.S. asks Internet firms to save data  —  Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Massive, under-reported online banking breach raises serious disclosure and remedy questions  —  It was just last week that I wrote about a scary list that you can only hope doesn't include you....a public list of all of the recent compromises to personal data that's being stored by banks …
George Ou /   300+ Bank homepages hacked and redirected!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Other Blog Search Engine That Launched Yesterday  —  Bloglines wasn't the only company to push out a new blog search engine yesterday - Gnoos launched as well.  And though their launch timing could not have been more unfortunate, there is a lot about this Australia-focused blog search engine to like.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Mashable*
Thomas Mennecke /
ThePirateBay Strikes Back  —  Great cheers of jubilee echoed in the entertainment Halls of Justice yesterday, confident of their victory against the great Satan,, as many are aware, was perhaps the largest BitTorrent tracker in history.
Apple's struggles to gain PC market share continue  —  The popularity of Apple Computer's iPod digital music players is helping it sell more Macs, but so far it hasn't been enough to spark a rise in the company's share of the personal computer market.  —  According to research firm Gartner …
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Backwards Compatibility Update Coming Soon  —  Lots of talk about backwards compatibility online today.  We wanted to get to the bottom of it all, so we went right to the team working on the next back compat update.  We hear directly from them that they're in the testing phase of another update …
NES Super Mario Brothers playable in 3D  —  Update: We got digged, as in they're digging our little roboserver into the ground.  Sw33t!!!!!  —  From the I-s**t-you-not-dept: "Super Mario Bros 2.5D is a remake of the classic, Super Mario Bros... in 3D.  How can you remake a 2D game in 3D?
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Russian Download Site Is Popular and Possibly Illegal  —  PARIS, June 1 — Rising consumer popularity is turning, a music downloading service based in Moscow, into a global Internet success story, except for one important detail: The site may well be illegal.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
SanDisk Sansa e260 review  —  A couple of years ago this would have sounded crazy, but SanDisk, which is probably best known for flash drives and memory cards, just put out one of the best MP3 players on the market.  Yeah, I know, I'm just as surprised as you are, but after spending a few weeks …
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Macworld UK:
MTV-branded music players launch September
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Evesham's new 20.1-inch HD-ready widescreen LCD TV for below £350
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Integrating blogs with the news
Joe / Techdirt:
It's No Urban Legend, FCC Likely To Tax VoIP
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Sony Exec: We Don't Need No Stinkin' PC
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The Office UI retraining canard
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Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
My two-year anniversary as a blogger . . . and two new sponsors!
David Kesmodel / Wall Street Journal:
Codes on Sites 'Captcha' Anger of Web Users
Andrew Donoghue / ZDNet:
Red Hat: Microsoft still 'aggressive as hell'