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10:15 PM ET, June 3, 2006

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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.
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: MIT Advertising Lab and edublogs
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
Memo to Bill Gates  —  Bill -  —  I know you don't read Dear Bill memos in the media as a rule of thumb, which is why the last time I wrote one of these it was addressed to Steve Ballmer, not you.  Then the subject was RSS, and the need to embrace it.  Whether you heard us or not, you've done just that.
Discussion: Scripting News and Slashdot
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.
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 …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft preps IE 7 Beta 3 for August  —  After years of letting Internet Explorer 6 languish with no new development, prompting criticism from both outside and inside the company, Microsoft promised that they would shift their priorities and deliver a steady stream of updates to their venerable browser.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Verizon Store Customer Service the Worst I've Seen  —  Having had occasion to visit the Verizon location near my office in Huntington Beach yesterday I was treated to a new low in customer service, even by the very low standards we've all come to associate with wireless carrier retail locations.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and The Wireless Report
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 …
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Stephen Taylor:
Joe Volpe strongarms the Internet and erodes freedom of speech in Canada  —  Yesterday, a Joe Volpe parody site went up called YouthForVolpe.ca which lampooned the Liberal leadership candidate's drug money (ahem pharmaceutical donations) from children of Apotex execs.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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: IP Democracy and Techdirt
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Elise Ackerman / siliconvalley.com:   U.S. wants Web records
Jennifer A. Kingson / New York Times:
Like Its Logo, Dutch Bank Stays Simple  —  While many Americans are familiar with the cheery orange ball that is the corporate logo of ING Direct, the Internet-based savings bank, few may know much about the bank's parent company, the ING Group of Amsterdam.
Discussion: Payments News
Nate Mook / betanews.com:
Microsoft to Drop PDF Support in Office  —  Amid threats of a lawsuit from Adobe, Microsoft acknowledged Friday that it would remove support for saving files in PDF from Office 2007, as well as dropping its own rival format XPS from the productivity suite and Windows Vista.
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Adobe makes Microsoft remove PDF support
Discussion: Things That and InsideMicrosoft
Maya Roney / Forbes:
Adobe May Benefit From Microsoft PDF Exclusion
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
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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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony not so concerned with market share — ah, that explains it  —  We've been scratching our heads over all the wild Sony moves during the past few months — with pricing themselves almost out of the game right at the top of our list — but we'd been apparently laboring under a false assumption.
Discussion: Joystiq and Teal Sunglasses
Peter Norvig / Official Google Research Blog:
Extra, Extra - Read All About It: Nearly All Binary Searches and Mergesorts are Broken  —  I remember vividly Jon Bentley's first Algorithms lecture at CMU, where he asked all of us incoming Ph.D. students to write a binary search, and then dissected one of our implementations in front of the class.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
 
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When the bough breaks  —  I've long been an advocate of Free Software.
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Michael Sciannamea / The Wireless Report:
JetBlue wins wireless license auction bid to offer in-flight WiFi
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Keith Reed / Boston Globe:
Comcast upgrade speeds up downloads