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4:50 PM 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 …
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
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 …
Stan Beer /
Adobe yet to explain why no PDF in Microsoft Office  —  Microsoft has born the brunt of criticism for its massive domination of the computer desktop since the release of Windows 95.  For once, however, it is not Microsoft that has some explaining to do.  Microsoft's decision not to include …
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:  —  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., an Ajax home page, has folded.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Internet Phones: Please Wait for the Next Available Opportunity  —  THE telephone and the PC are ubiquitous desk mates, separated by a few inches and about a century.  —  How soon we can use our home phones to exploit the efficiencies of the Internet, where calling costs are too small to be worth metering …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
How eBay Makes Regulations Disappear  —  IN quick succession one morning last month, Louisiana state legislators plowed through a long list of bills, including one to relocate the motor vehicle commission, another to regulate potentially abusive lending practices, and yet another …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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 …
Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
MacBook gaming: A graphics concern?  —  How the integrated graphics on Apple's laptop will affect your gameplay  —  Apple's MacBook looks to be a winner on many fronts—affordability, Core Duo power, widescreen display, DVI output, and much more.  But one design decision has gotten …
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.
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: Scobleizer and Scripting News
ATI: Wii Graphics at E3 "Tip of the Iceberg"  —  Although by many accounts Nintendo stole the show at this year's E3 with an impressive Wii showing, the graphics of the Wii games were far from impressive.  That said, we spoke with an ATI representative who explained that what we saw was just the "tip of the iceberg."
Discussion: Kotaku
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Chris / Pearsonified:
How Much Should a Design Cost?  —  Every week, I get emails …
Anne Broache / CNET
Video games in Congress' crosshairs
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Guest Blogger: Carl Ford on "Feature Interaction"
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Aswath Weblog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony not so concerned with market share — ah, that explains it
Discussion: Joystiq and Teal Sunglasses
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Microsoft preps IE 7 Beta 3 for August
Jennifer A. Kingson / New York Times:
Like Its Logo, Dutch Bank Stays Simple
Discussion: Payments News
 Earlier Items: 
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.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Alan Kotok, 64, a Pioneer in Computer Video Games, Is Dead
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Time Warner Says Synergy Is BS. So Sell AOL.
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
MySpace No Longer Their Space?
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Is Vonage Sinking or Coming Up for Air?