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11:45 AM ET, June 3, 2006

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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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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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 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: Techdirt and IP Democracy
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New York Times:
U.S. Wants Companies to Keep Web Usage Records  —  The Justice Department is asking Internet companies to keep records on the Web-surfing activities of their customers to aid law enforcement, and may propose legislation to force them to do so.  —  The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation …
Elise Ackerman / siliconvalley.com:
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 …
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 YouthForVolpe.ca which lampooned the Liberal leadership candidate's drug money (ahem pharmaceutical donations) from children of Apotex execs.
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Jane Taber / Globe and Mail:   Campaign gets tangled in website spoof
Wired News:
Searching for Parking?  Try Online  —  The internet might soon be the best place to snag a parking spot in a busy city.  —  Several companies are experimenting with systems that let drivers go online or even use cell phones and handheld devices to reserve a space in a garage or locate nearby street parking.
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.
Tim Ziegler / webmonkey.com:
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
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
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.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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 paidContent.org
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Experiment Collapses "More" Links  —  Others have seen this Google homepage design experiment before, and now TomHTML of Zorgloob spotted a Flickr screenshot; you can see a link reading "More you can do with Google" below the search box.  When you click it, links like "Images", "Groups" and so on appear right on the page.
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
New Firefox Version Fixes 13 Security Holes
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eBay tries e-mail in Net neutrality fight
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft probes Windows DoS flaw
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
VOIP, Cellphone Bills Could Rise for Subsidy
Discussion: eWEEK.com and IP Democracy
Roger Mosey / BBC SPORT:
World Cup & Wimbledon on broadband
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
YARR! Swedish police site broadsided after Pirate Bay raid
Discussion: Gizmodo