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10:30 PM ET, June 8, 2006

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USA Today:
iPods knock over beer mugs  —  That iPods are "in" on college campuses might not surprise you.  That Apple's portable music players are more popular than beer?  Now that's surprising.  —  Beer traditionally has had the biggest buzz with college students: Seventy-five percent consider drinking beer …
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Associated Press:
Survey: iPods more popular than beer  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - Move over Bud.  College life isn't just about drinking beer.  In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.'s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students …
Discussion: Business Filter and Infinite Loop
Washington Post:
No Tolls on The Internet  —  Congress is about to cast a historic vote on the future of the Internet.  It will decide whether the Internet remains a free and open technology fostering innovation, economic growth and democratic communication, or instead becomes the property of cable …
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
AOL subscribers up in arms over e-mail ads  —  Throngs of users threaten to say goodbye forever to AOL because of its decision to display ads with e-mail messages sent to paid subscribers  —  Millions have canceled their AOL LLC subscriptions in recent years, but Barbara Borchers has remained …
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Mike / Techdirt:
AOL Keeps Working Overtime To Drive Away Subscribers
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
darkreading.com:
Social Engineering, the USB Way  —  We recently got hired by a credit union to assess the security of its network.  The client asked that we really push hard on the social engineering button.  In the past, they'd had problems with employees sharing passwords and giving up information easily.
Discussion: Techdirt and Schneier on Security
Lifehacker:
Sync your Firefox settings via Google  —  Google Labs releases the Google Sync Firefox extension, which saves your browser's cookies, passwords, bookmarks, history and current list of open tabs to your Google account and downloads them to any other Firefox-runnin' Google Sync-enabled computer …
Tim Porter / First Draft:
WHY TIMESSELECT IS THE RIGHT THING FOR THE TIMES TO DO  —  Mark Glaser writes in his PBS column, MediaShift, that the New York Times should put an end to TimesSelect, the paid-content option of its online edition that keeps op-ed columnists and the archives behind a subscription wall.
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft plans better disclosures of tool  —  SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that its tool for determining whether a computer is running a pirated copy of Windows also quietly checks in daily with the software maker.
Discussion: SuperGeek and duncanriley.com
Bloomberg:
Intel Tells Customers It Will Cut Prices by 60% to Gain Share  —  June 9 (Bloomberg) — Customers of Intel Corp. said the world's biggest computer-chip maker plans to reduce prices on Pentium processors by as much as 60 percent to reclaim market share from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Discussion: Neowin.net and TechBlog
Reuters:
Hotel: Put that 'CrackBerry' down, you addict!  —  CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) — BlackBerry addicts have a crack at freedom when they check into one Chicago hotel: the manager will put the communications devices and others like them under lock and key for guests who want a break.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetopia and Boing Boing
sciencentral.com:
Super Battery  —  Ever wish you could charge your cellphone or laptop in a few seconds rather than hours?  As this ScienCentral News video explains, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a battery that could do just that, and also might never need to be replaced.
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Yahoo pours AJAX on photo service  —  Yahoo Photos has been around since 2000, and has gathered about 2 billion photos and 30 million monthly users.  It was early in the game and useful, but not quick to take advantage of Web 2.0 or its sibling Flickr's functionality.
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Soham / SnapStream Blog:
Beyond TV 4.3 Delivers More TV!  —  When I first built my HTPC three years ago with a 40GB hard drive, I thought that I was doing pretty good.  Analog recordings are a manageable size, and I could always ShowSqueeze them from MPEG2 to WMV each night.  I could easily store a couple weeks …
Discussion: PVRblog and PVR Wire
None / Fast Company Now:
John Hagel on Attention Scarcity and its Effect on Marketing  —  Live from the Corante Innovative Marketing Conference — John Hagel set the challenge for the second round of table discussions.  —  In short, the challenge he posed is: The new scarcity = attention; there has been a profound shift …
Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
Working Model of $100 Laptop Steals MITX Spotlight  —  At an event put on to honor the top technology innovations from Massachusetts companies, a technology designed for users far from the halls of MIT and Harvard stole all the thunder.  —  At the MITX (Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange) …
Discussion: Slashdot
Wilson Rothman / Time:
Apple 13-inch MacBook  —  Our first look at Apple's newest notebook  —  It's been just another typical couple of weeks for Apple.  First, it opened its latest New York City store, complete with enormous glass cube and Dr. Evil-style topless elevator.  Then came the announcement of a Nike product …
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Small Companies & Google Adsense is the future  —  I was poking around alexa today http://www.alexa.com/site/ds/top_ sites?cc=CA&ts_mode=country&lang= none and saw that Plentyoffish is now a top 30 site In Canada ahead of all other dating sites. http://ranking.websearch.com/ SiteInfo.aspx? …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Itiva: The video file transfer killer app?  —  The boom in Internet videos transfers — from movie downloads to amateur video sharing — is causing pain in the Internet backbone.  —  Now a Palo Alto start-up called Itiva has popped up, saying it has found the magic pill …
Discussion: Soaring on Ridgelift
Wrist Dreams:
Citizen VIRT Bluetooth Wristwatch Talks to Your Mobile Phone  —  Finally a Bluetooth Wristwatch is going to be available.  Seiko was talking about Bluetooth watches already back in 2001.  Today not Seiko, but Citizen announces a commercial available Bluetooth wristwatch dubbed Citizen VIRT.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Gizmodo
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Motorola scraps with Razor over "MOTORAZR"
Discussion: The Browser
Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
What appears to be a 1080p TV, may actually not be a 1080p TV
Discussion: Gizmodo and HD Beat
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Forget the glasses—3D monitors ready now
Microsoft:
Microsoft Releases Antigen E-Mail Security Products
Ethan Zuckerman / WorldChanging:
It's cute.  It's orange. …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
RIM 7130c Blackberry On Cingular Next Week
Discussion: Engadget and dailywireless.org
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Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
Find out if you're being watched
Discussion: Gizmodo
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
Watch a GPS Phone Being Delivered via UPS Live!
Discussion: textually.org and The Browser
Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Syncing OneNote 2007 notes across your many PCs
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Riyad Emeran / trustedreviews.com:
Acer Aspire 9800 20in Notebook
Discussion: Gadgetopia and Slashdot
BBC:
Online music row shuts web site
Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Connect your TypePad feed to FeedBurner
New York Times:
Hacker Said to Resell Internet Phone Service