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2:15 AM ET, June 9, 2006

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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.
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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
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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? …
Discussion: Delicate Genius Blog
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
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 …
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 …
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
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog:
Think has second thoughts about IceRocket  —  Update from Blake at IceRocket: "Our LOI with Think Partnership expired, which does not mean the acquisition is off.  Their company is going through some changes and we are seeing how they play out.  Still in very close contact with those people …
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.
jkOnTheRun:
Calling all productivity gurus- enter our new contest and win a full copy of MindManager 6!  —  Mobile tech and productivity go hand in hand since I firmly believe that the right technology can provide untold boosts to personal productivity.  The best way for someone to improve their habits …
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
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zooomr 2.0 Screenshots, New Features  —  Zooomr, the company launched by 17 year old Kristopher Tate (he's now 18) in March, will be releasing a new beta version 2.0 sometime around the end of June.  The biggest focus of the new release will be increased stability and speed …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Making virtual worlds more lifelike  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Ever played an online game like "World of Warcraft" or "EverQuest" and wished the expressions on your avatar's face looked more realistic or that it was easier to communicate with other players?  —  If so, then a team of researchers …
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 …
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
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Cingular launches BlackBerry 7130c
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Yahoo pours AJAX on photo service
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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
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Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and Gizmodo
Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Gizmodo