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7:25 PM ET, June 8, 2006

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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 …
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Photos Beta Launches Today  —  The much anticipated new Yahoo Photos Beta will launch on Thursday morning, around 9 am PST.  —  Sign in with your Yahoo ID at photos.yahoo.com.  If you see a "try the new beta" image/link in the top right, it's live.  Click on the link to request an invitation …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Yahoo pours AJAX on photo service
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo rolls out photo site beta
Discussion: 21talks, dailywireless.org and Ajaxian
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
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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
New York Times:
Hacker Said to Resell Internet Phone Service  —  Federal authorities arrested one man in Miami and another in Spokane, Wash., today in connection with what they said was a hacking scheme involving the resale of Internet telephone service.  —  The suspects were said to have illegally tapped …
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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
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 …
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
Michael Sippey / Six Apart:
Connect your TypePad feed to FeedBurner  —  We've been fans of FeedBurner for quite a while - they know the technology, business and user experience of feeds and content syndication better than pretty much anyone on the planet.  And they've built a great service that enables bloggers to manage their feeds …
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Another Windows Vista Bites the Dust  —  Microsoft has cut PC-to-PC synchronization from Vista.  Vista Beta 2, which is slated to go to as many as two million testers, does not include the P2P synchronization technology.  Quality is the reason for the latest cut, Microsoft officials said.
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
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 …
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: Schneier on Security
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
Wolfgang Gruener / tgdaily.com:
What appears to be a 1080p TV, may actually not be a 1080p TV  —  Chicago (IL) - Shame on us.  Last week, we reported about four new LCD TVs from Hitachi that integrate a new generation video processor that is capable of "advanced 1080p histogram processing" for about $2200 in a 32" package.
Discussion: Gizmodo and HD Beat
Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
Find out if you're being watched  —  With easily disguisable tracking devices the size of a paper clip available at any online spy tech store these days, it's difficult to know if and when you're being watched.  Eavesdroppers have devices at their disposal that can transmit your most private conversations …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Discussion: Engadget and dailywireless.org
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