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9:25 PM ET, June 4, 2006


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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.
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)
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and PVR Wire
Nicole C. Wong / Mercury News:
HP cuts back on telecommuting  —  SOME KEY WORKERS WILL HAVE TO COME TO OFFICE OR FIND NEW JOBS  —  Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley company known for pioneering flexible work arrangements four decades ago, is canceling telecommuting for a key division of the company.
Discussion: TechBlog and TechSearch
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hollywood, retailers eye movie download kiosks  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a bid to preserve shelf space and fight slowing DVD sales, major retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT - news) have held talks with Hollywood's studios to develop kiosks where consumers can copy movies …
Discussion: Engadget and MIT Advertising Lab
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 …
Cease and Desist defining Web 2.0  —  Jeff Clavier and Paul Kedrosky note that the chmod 777 definition of 'web 2.0' is coming back into fashion.  As Jeff nicely put it: … The chmod 777 meme got picked up recently by Tim Bray, who pointed to IBMer James Snell's definition a year ago.
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sidekick III launches July 10th
Apple nixes off-shore support in India
ATI: Wii Graphics at E3 "Tip of the Iceberg"
Discussion: Slashdot and Kotaku
Chris / Pearsonified:
How Much Should a Design Cost?  —  Every week, I get emails …
Anne Broache / CNET
Video games in Congress' crosshairs
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
Memo to Bill Gates
Discussion: Scobleizer and Scripting News
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