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4:05 PM ET, June 14, 2006

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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Google finally puts Picasa albums on the Web  —  Google launched a new beta of Picasa on Tuesday [news story].  Its biggest new feature is the capability to post pictures directly from the application to a Google-hosted Web album.  It's about time.  Picasa has become the PC-based photo manager …
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Google Blogoscoped:
No Privacy for Picasa Web Albums  —  As opposed to what Google seems to suggest in the Picasa Albums interface, there is no such thing as a private album.  For example, I found Larry Page's Picasa homepage.  It announces:  —  This user has no Public Albums.  —  But that's wrong.
Adrian Graham / Official Google Blog:
It's all about the photos  —  Reading feedback from Picasa users is one of the best parts of my job.  And lately the feedback has been especially clear and direct: please offer an easy way to share photos online.  Today, we're delighted to begin testing a new Picasa feature that does just that.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
PICASA WEB ALBUMS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Ken Belson / New York Times:
EBay to Add a Phone Link From Listings to Sellers  —  EBay said yesterday that sellers on its auction site would be able to add a link to their listings allowing potential buyers to reach them through Skype, the Internet phone service.  —  The announcement comes nine months after eBay raised eyebrows …
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:
eBay-Skype-PayPal integration extravaganza
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
eBay Dives into Web 2.0
New York Times:
Hiding in Plain Sight, Google Seeks an Expansion of Power  —  Google is building two computing centers, top and left, each the size of a football field, in The Dalles, Ore  —  THE DALLES, Ore., June 8 — On the banks of the windswept Columbia River, Google is working on a secret weapon …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google data centers vs Microsoft infrastructure - a battle of the titans
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Flickr Cracks Down on Screenshots  —  Online worlds collide as Second Life fans and Flickr spar over how to handle screenshots on the popular photo-sharing site.  —  At stake is a little-known Flickr policy of flagging accounts that contain mostly non-photographic images and preventing images …
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Scoble The Exit Interview  —  Microsoft tech evangelist and alpha blogger Robert Scoble talks about everything from his tensest moments at Microsoft, to what Microsoft could have done to keep him, as he prepares to leave the Redmond software maker and join startup PodTech.Net.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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TDavid / Things That:
The Scoblelizer Replacement pool odds
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Leo Waldock / The Register:
Non-scents from Nokia  —  For six months, 25 Industrial Design MA students from London's CSM College of Art and Design have been working to create concepts for a premium but mass market mobile device capable of providing 4G or 5G multimedia services.  —  The students worked for a cash prize and …
Discussion: textually.org
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Jo Best / silicon.com:
What will your mobile look like in 2015?  —  Design students get their thinking caps on...  What will your mobile look like in 2015?  Like a necklace, some specs, or a ring?  See the photos here.  —  Those are just some of the ideas dreamt up by 26 design students from London's Central St Martins College …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
MusicGremlin launches the Gremlin MG-1000 WiFi DAP  —  It's a little weird that it's 2006 and we're only now seeing a major launch of a WiFi-enabled, service-driven digital audio player, but we've got to start somewhere.  Say hello to MusicGremlin's Gremlin MG-1000 — the wireless player we first wrote about just shy of two years ago.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Wireless Factor: A Challenge to the iPod
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wi-Fi Networking News
Steve Hamm / TechBeat:
Flock redux  —  Last October, the folks at Flock broke their silence and revealed their plans for a new "social browser" designed for collaborating, sharing photos, and blogging.  The Flock beta was supposed to come out a couple of weeks later.  It didn't.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Hardware Advances Digital Communications Experiences  —  First webcams from Microsoft make seeing, hearing and sharing a breeze.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 13, 2006 — Seeing your grandchild's first steps from miles away.  Hearing your friend's laugh from across the country.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Living a dual life - desktop and cloud  —  David Berlind nails it in is discussion of the inexorable move to the cloud.  Discussing the recent connection between spreadsheet godfather Dan Bricklin's WikiCalc and SocialText, he perfectly describes the "dual modality" many of us are operating …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Vacuum
mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp:
30 organizations to jointly develop new advanced Internet search engine  —  About 30 organizations in Japan, including major electronics and communications companies and the University of Tokyo, will jointly develop technology for a new advanced search engine, industry sources said.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Sony develops smallest LED projector  —  Using RGB light emitting diodes (LEDs) as light sources Sony has developed the world's smallest LED projector.  Measuring just 410cc it is equivalent to that of two business cards and shorter than a standard ball pen.  Two major innovations were made to make the projector smaller.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
HP's new datacenter in a box  —  HP is taking a page from Steve Jobs.  The company was able to keep the wraps on a major product announcement that Ann Livermore, executive vice president of technology solutions, called "adaptive infrastructure in a 17-inch box."
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
TNS Ups Internet Ad Spend Forecast  —  U.S. Internet ad spending, excluding search, is expected to increase by 13 percent in 2006, according to a revised full-year forecast released today by TNS Media Intelligence.  Earlier estimates had pegged 2006 growth at just 9.1 percent.
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Philips PMC7230 Portable Media Center  —  Remember that Tatung Portable Media Center that first turned up at Computex almost exactly a year ago?  No?  Don't worry about it, because it turns out that Philips is OEM'ing it.  The Philips version, which is dubbed the PMC7230, comes with a 30GB hard drive …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
 
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