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9:55 AM ET, June 9, 2006

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
World Cup: Google Does The Logo Thing; Yahoo & Ask Have Smart Shortcuts  —  Google's sporting a special World Cup-version of its logo in honor of the start of the World Cup today, while Yahoo and Ask are offering special results that come up after World Cup-related searches.  A round-up of what's going on, below.
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dailywireless.org:
World Cup 2006  —  Occurring only once every four years, the FIFA World Cup is the world's largest sporting event and is expected to attract the world's largest television audience.  The 32-day soccor contest kicks off Friday with an opening game between Germany and Costa Rica.
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google World Cup Results (Exclusive)  —  As reported earlier, Google Search includes news about the football matches at FIFA World Cup 2006.  If you search for [Germany Costa Rica], which is the opening match, you'll see the date of the game.  Google will show real time results and other interesting data, including videos.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
House rejects Net neutrality rules  —  update The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net neutrality on Thursday, dealing a bitter blow to Internet companies like Amazon.com, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying campaign to support it.
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Apple Faces Fresh Legal Attacks in Europe  —  PARIS, June 8 — Apple's popular iTunes music-download service is facing fresh legal attacks in Europe.  —  Government consumer protection agencies in Norway and Sweden want Apple to remove restrictions that prevent customers from playing music …
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites  —  "I AM continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves."  So says Jon Callas, chief security officer at PGP, a Silicon Valley-based maker of encryption software.
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: Engadget, Gizmodo and textually.org
techeblog.com:
Top 10 Strangest Clocks  —  Our editors have compiled a list of the "Top 10 Strangest Clocks" for your enjoyment.  Which ones are your favorites?  —  10. Cathode Ray Tube Clock  —  As the name implies, this interesting clock — developed by David Forbes — consists of a 3-inch cathode-ray oscilloscope …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google Research prototypes ambient audio contextual content  —  A team from Google Research has developed a prototype system that uses a home computer's internal microphone to listen to the ambient audio in a room, determine what is being watched on TV and offer web-based supplemental information …
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Browser Sync  —  You get the feeling that whenever you leave the house, when you return home there's a new Google product that just launched.  Today's revelation is Google Browser Sync, a Firefox extension to save your browser settings (like bookmarks, your history, cookies and passwords) across different computers.
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
BT exec pins Google as 'our biggest threat'  —  LISBON, Portugal—Google is becoming BT's biggest competitor—that's the surprise assessment coming from the telecom giant's chief information officer.  —  Speaking at the Gigaworld IT conference here, CIO Al-Noor Ramji told delegates on Wednesday …
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 …
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
Radley Balko / Fox News:
eBay Invites Internet Regulation, Backs Online Gambling Ban  —  Rep. Bob Goodlatte is in the process of pushing through Congress a bill that would "ban" Internet gambling.  I've previously explained why the bill is bad public policy.  —  But since that column, it has come to light …
Discussion: Techdirt
Sydney Morning Herald:
Killer products fail to show at Taipei IT fair  —  Computer manufacturers have so far failed to develop the next "killer" product for consumers despite desperate efforts in the face of stiff market competition, industry insiders say.  —  Asia's biggest information technology trade fair opened …
Discussion: Gizmodo and 21talks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SocialText/wikiCalc: More Interesting Than Google Spreadsheets  —  SocialText has announced an agreement with Dan Bricklin for the exclusive distribution rights to his wikiCalc spreadsheet software (Dan Bricklin is also the creator of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet for personal computers).
 
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Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
ADT Live?  —  I've been trying to avoid participating …
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Bloomberg:
Intel Tells Customers It Will Cut Prices by 60% to Gain Share
USA Today:
iPods knock over beer mugs
Reuters:
Hotel: Put that 'CrackBerry' down, you addict!
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Jim Rapoza / eWEEK.com:
Working Model of $100 Laptop Steals MITX Spotlight