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2:10 PM ET, June 3, 2006


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Ina Fried / CNET
Office, Vista changed in wake of Adobe threat  —  update Microsoft is making changes to the next versions of both Office and Windows as part of an effort to head off a legal challenge from Adobe Systems.  —  Microsoft said earlier Friday that it expects an antitrust suit from Adobe after months …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Adobe makes Microsoft remove PDF support
Maya Roney / Forbes:
Adobe May Benefit From Microsoft PDF Exclusion
Declan McCullagh / CNET
DOJ, Net firms fail to agree on data retention  —  A meeting at the U.S. Justice Department on Friday to discuss forcing Internet providers to record Americans' online activities ended without reaching an agreement, according to multiple participants.  —  The meeting of about 15 industry representatives …
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Elise Ackerman /
U.S. wants Web records  —  The U.S. Department of Justice has quietly told Google, Microsoft and other major Internet companies that it wants them to keep detailed records of where people go while surfing the Web for up to two years.  —  The proposal, which would require congressional approval …
New York Times:
U.S. Wants Companies to Keep Web Usage Records
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Dear FBI: I lost the URL of a neat privacy site I visited last year.
Stephen Taylor:
Joe Volpe strongarms the Internet and erodes freedom of speech in Canada  —  Yesterday, a Joe Volpe parody site went up called which lampooned the Liberal leadership candidate's drug money (ahem pharmaceutical donations) from children of Apotex execs.
Jane Taber / Globe and Mail:
Campaign gets tangled in website spoof  —  It was all the buzz in official Ottawa yesterday — a hilarious political whodunit in this age of websites, platforms and templates.  —  Overnight, someone built a website spoofing Liberal leadership candidate Joe Volpe and his acceptance of thousands …
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
MySpace No Longer Their Space?  —  BRANDS, for teenagers, are fleeting things.  —  For big, slow-moving corporations, this presents a problem.  When Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation acquired the community site MySpace nearly a year ago, the site was at the height of its popularity.
Discussion: edublogs
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
How to get traffic for your blog  —  My friend Fred, a talented blogger, asked me for advice the other day.  Here's a partial answer, with a few apologies to Swift:  — Use lists.  — Be topical... write posts that need to be read right now.  — Learn enough to become the expert in your field.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Is Vonage Sinking or Coming Up for Air?  —  When the Internet telephone provider Vonage went public last week, it was meant to be a coming-out party for a technology that many see as the future of voice communications.  It was also a chance at redemption for Jeffrey A. Citron …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Dotster named in massive cybersquatting suit  —  update A new federal lawsuit charges that Dotster, one of the largest domain name registrars, has unlawfully participated in a massive cybersquatting campaign targeting companies such as Cingular Wireless, Disney, Ikea, Google, Neiman Marcus, Playboy and Verizon.
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
BellSouth Says It's Not Blocking MySpace  —  BellSouth customers filled the Technorati blog Thursday and Friday, complaining that they had not been able to access YouTube, which stores and plays back user-generated videos, and MySpace, a social networking site for teens.
Discussion: Techdirt
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Time Warner Says Synergy Is BS.  So Sell AOL.  —  According to the WSJ, Time Warner has abandoned all pretense of "synergy" between its various media divisions, the failed concept that was the sole justification for its merger with AOL.  Without synergy—cooperation between divisions …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Alan Kotok, 64, a Pioneer in Computer Video Games, Is Dead  —  Alan Kotok, a computer designer who helped create the first video game program as a member of a small group of M.I.T. students in the early 1960's, died at his home in Cambridge, Mass., on May 26.  He was 64.
Michael Sciannamea / The Wireless Report:
JetBlue wins wireless license auction bid to offer in-flight WiFi  —  The offering of WiFi services to passengers while in-flight is still not a given, but if the FAA and FCC ever come to some sort of consensus on the idea, then look for JetBlue Airways to quickly become one of the market leaders in this area.
Tim Ziegler /
Get Your Feet Wet with WordPress  —  Tim Ziegler builds websites in Texas with d2p.  He wants to fabricate a giant bicycle-powered gyroscope.  He hopes he's around when the robots all break free.  —  Over the last few years, WordPress has emerged as one of the best blogging tools available.
Discussion: Burst Blog
Phone Scoop:
Sprint TV Phone Leaked On FCC  —  News Brief … The FCC today approved the Samsung SPH-M250.  A label in the documents confirm this mystery phone is for Sprint.  The phone is clearly a clamshell model with Bluetooth.  After careful comparison of the test photos to Samsung models …
Discussion: Engadget
Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Comcast upgrade speeds up downloads  —  Aiming to keep its broadband customers happy without lowering prices, Comcast Corp. is introducing a technology that temporarily doubles users' download speeds.  —  New England is the first region in the country where Comcast customers can try out the technology …
Discussion: IP Democracy and
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
It's cute.  It's orange.  It's got bunny ears.  An update on the One Laptop Per Child project  —  Last Friday, I visited with my friends Walter Bender and Jim Gettys at the new headquarters of the One Laptop per Child Project - the past few days have been so busy that I'm just getting …
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