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10:35 AM ET, June 4, 2006


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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 …
Discussion: broadband
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba Gigabeat S reviewed, iPod advantage "wiped out"  —  Boy oh boy, we knew the Toshiba Gigabeat S was good after our initial hands-on at CES, just not this good - according to CNET's review anyway.  See, they just snagged a 30GB model which sports Microsoft's "super-intuitive" …
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: Gizmodo, PVR Wire and Engadget
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Guest Blogger: Carl Ford on "Feature Interaction"  —  A few years ago we had a great deal of controversy in the Pulver Report when we were discussing the threat of feature interaction when managing call control.  A noted IETF friend was of the opinion, that the world wide web model was an accurate portrayal of the future.
Discussion: Telepocalypse and VoIP Watch
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
Mark / dive into mark:
When the bough breaks  —  I've long been an advocate of Free Software.  I've been a card-carrying associate member of the Free Software Foundation since 2002.  I've been writing GPL software since 1993.  The Mac is a thread woven through the tapestry of my life.
Discussion: The Tao of Mac
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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Anne Broache / CNET
Video games in Congress' crosshairs
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United States Pressured Pirate Bay Closure
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Time Warner Says Synergy Is BS. So Sell AOL.
Phone Scoop:
Sprint TV Phone Leaked On FCC
Discussion: Engadget
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Michael Sciannamea / The Wireless Report:
JetBlue wins wireless license auction bid to offer in-flight WiFi
Declan McCullagh / CNET
DOJ, Net firms fail to agree on data retention
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Dotster named in massive cybersquatting suit
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Microsoft to Drop PDF Support in Office