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2:40 PM ET, June 4, 2006

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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Why I don't have comments  —  Judging from the response to my last post, some of my readers are itching to find a comment field on my posts from now on.  I can't do that for you, alas, and I thought I'd tell you why.  —  I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers.
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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.
Mathew Ingram / mathewingram.com/work:
Seth Godin likes the megaphone better  —  Seth Godin is a smart guy, and a marketing whiz who regularly gets asked to talk about how to communicate better, and who has written a bunch of books about how to market yourself or your company, including the "purple cow" one that many people are familiar with.
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and deal architect
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cringingly blurry pics reveal Microsoft's "iPod killer"?  —  An anonymous tipster sent us a bunch of pictures he shot last night from the outside of the Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz.  While we don't normally toss up random pics we get in the tip jar, this guy claims the pics depict the filming …
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CNET News.com:
Toshiba Gigabeat S MES30VW (30GB, white)  —  Overview Review User Opinions Specifications Compare  —  CNET editors' review  —  The good: The Toshiba Gigabeat S makes its mark as a supercompact 30GB or 60GB portable video player.  It supports many music, video, and photo file types …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PVR Wire
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Hideous company sends Boing Boing a pre-emptive nastygram  —  (Click thumbnail for enlargement.)  I just opened a letter sent to Boing Boing from some fools at Baker & McKenzie LLP in London.  —  The letter states that their client, Infront Sports & Media, "anticipates the possibility …
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:
Follow-up on PDF legal issues  —  There have been a ton of really great comments and questions today in relation to the news that we are going to have to pull our PDF and XPS publish support out of Office 2007.  We will still offer the PDF and XPS publish functionality as a free download …
linuxdevices.com:
Nokia turns cellphones into webservers  —  Nokia has ported the Apache webserver to Symbian, in order to enable mobile phones to serve content on the World Wide Web.  Many mobile phones today have more processing power than early Internet servers, suggesting that "there really is no reason anymore …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Get Voicemail In Your Email Inbox: GotVoice  —  It doesn't have a fancy design or well throught through navigation.  I can't find a single use of Ajax or javascript on the site (although there is some use of Flash).  And that's ok, because GotVoice does something I love …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fold.com...Folds  —  Well, the inevitable is starting to happen - a few new web startups are starting to close up shop as they find that building an application is a lot easier than getting users to try it out, and keep coming back.  Fold.com, an Ajax home page, has folded.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Samsung Q1 in the buff!  —  Brace yourselves, because this isn't pretty.  It's one thing to have an unboxing video of the Samsung Q1, but viewing the UMPC stark naked is a whole 'nother matter.  In fact, just to keep it clean for those under 18, I've only put a thumbnail pic here; a virtual UMPC peep-show if you will.
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.
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.
Chris / Pearsonified:
How Much Should a Design Cost?  —  Every week, I get emails from potential clients who all want to know one thing: How much for a design?  —  Nine times out of ten, my answer causes them to run for the hills.  Scary thing is, based on industry buzz, my prices could actually be considered totally reasonable by comparison.
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.
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Video games in Congress' crosshairs
Sam Ruby:
Feeling a Bit Dapper
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony not so concerned with market share — ah, that explains it
Discussion: Joystiq and Teal Sunglasses
Jennifer A. Kingson / New York Times:
Like Its Logo, Dutch Bank Stays Simple
Discussion: Payments News
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Verizon Store Customer Service the Worst I've Seen
Mark / dive into mark:
When the bough breaks  —  I've long been an advocate of Free Software.
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Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Time Warner Says Synergy Is BS. So Sell AOL.
Phone Scoop:
Sprint TV Phone Leaked On FCC
Discussion: Engadget
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Is Vonage Sinking or Coming Up for Air?
Michael Sciannamea / The Wireless Report:
JetBlue wins wireless license auction bid to offer in-flight WiFi
Jane Taber / Globe and Mail:
Campaign gets tangled in website spoof
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
DOJ, Net firms fail to agree on data retention
Discussion: IP Democracy