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4:30 AM ET, June 23, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg 3.0 To Launch Monday: Exclusive Screenshots and Stats  —  Digg 3.0 will launch Monday, June 26, in the morning PST.  The launch is being announced this evening, and Digg has made a number of screen shots available to me which are included in this post.
Digg 3.0 expands beyond tech  —  This Monday Digg will release the next version of the enormously popular community news site  Mike Arrington and I did a TalkCrunch podcast with Digg's co-founder and Chief Architect Kevin Rose and CEO Jay Adelson, in which we discussed Digg's evolution …
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:
Online News With a New Angle  —  To see who will create the Internet newscast of the future, look into a mirror.  —  You and millions of other readers are being cast as Internet news anchors by a fresh crop of Web sites that may well represent the future of news.
Nik Cubrilovic / TalkCrunch:
Episode 10: Digg 3.0 Launches - Interview With Founders Kevin Rose & Jay Adelson  —  Digg 3.0 is set to launch on Monday, June 26, 2006.  Screen shots and a feature overview are available on TechCrunch and Read/Write Web.  Here on TalkCrunch, Richard MacManus and Michael Arrington interview …
Discussion: TechEffect and Scobleizer
Jo Best / CNET
Next Nokia minitablet to get Webcam, WiMax?  —  After the success of its original Linux tablet, the 770, Nokia is looking at the next generation of Internet-only devices.  —  The original tablet device debuted last year and caught the attention of gadget fans wondering why Nokia was making a device that had no cellular connectivity.
Discussion: Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Om Malik / GigaOM:   The Truth About (Nokia) Tablet
Evan Blass / Engadget:   Next-gen Nokia 770 could sport webcam, WiMax
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
PhotoBucket Leads Photo Sharing Sites; Flickr at #6  —  In the SF tech bubble that I live in, most of the talk about photo sites has been centered on Flickr.  In fact, you could get the impression from most people I meet that Flickr is the ONLY site at which you can share and store photos.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Photobucket vs. Flickr in Alexa and Technorati
Discussion: FuzzyBlog
Novell ditches top execs … Jack Messman has been sacked as Novell chief executive, as the company looks to speed up its Linux strategy  —  The board of Novell has dismissed two top executives, including chief executive Jack Messman,as part of a management shake-up at the software and networking firm.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Wi-Fi Freeloader Arrested  —  A Vancouver, Wash., coffeeshop finally called the cops: This is a frightening trend (of one story) where a cafe was pushed to the brink.  As KATU in Portland reports, a 20-year-old man spent three months using Brewed Awakenings's free Wi-Fi service from their parking lot for hours at a time.
Lee Hollaar /
A Bad Trade: Will Congress Unwittingly Repeal the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Violate Our Trade Treaties?  —  Synopsis  —  In his recent IPI Ideas paper "Will Congress Circumvent the DMCA?," Richard Epstein notes how the "other purposes" of Rep. Boucher's (D-VA) H.R. 1201 …
Chris Pirillo:
Users vs. Developers  —  In prepping for my talk at BloggerCon tomorrow, I thought I'd incite a riot tonight.  Most of the world won't be there, but you can tune into the live stream at some point right after lunch (when I'll be leading the discussion).  I put all of this in tonight's Lockergnome report …
Discussion: Lockergnome
An introduction to Ruby on Rails for DB2 developers  —  Agile Web development meets DB2  —  Edd Dumbill (, Principal, Useful Information Company … Ruby on Rails is an open source Web framework causing a lot of excitement among Web developers.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Is Bill Gates learning from the mod community?  —  A lot of interesting data came out of Ars Technica's interview with Matt Lee, a Microsoft software developer in the Xbox division.  The nice thing about Matt Lee was that when the interview was over, he answered some questions in the discussion.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Maxthon: China's hip browser  —  Web surfers in China frustrated by censorship in search engines are increasingly turning to a little-known Internet browser with a big following in the Middle Kingdom.  —  Maxthon, a browser made by a tiny Beijing company of the same name …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
I know you are , but what am I...  I think I have been called more names by more people in the last week than even I thought possible.  The beauty is in the irony of it all.  —  In the first year I owned the team, I was called the same names and media wrote the exact same things they are writing today.
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Spike in Laptop Thefts Stirs Jitters Over Data  —  It has become the police-blotter item of our age: A small-time burglar swipes a laptop and fences it for a quick $200 at a pawnshop.  —  But increasingly, these petty crimes are causing anxiety in executive suites across the country …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Roundup — the Silicon Valley beat continues with YouthNoise, more  —  Here's the latest action:  —  YouthNoise, a social network for social change, raises $1.5 million — The San Francisco non-profit start-up will target users aged 16-22, and organize their profiles according to their cause and issue preference.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and
Gregory Daigle /
Printable Robots  —  Advances in inkjet technology forecast robotic origami  —  From the diminutive ASIMO from Honda to the colossus in the animated film Iron Giant, kids around the world know that robots are cool yet complex machines.  Advances in robotics, fuel plans from NASA that read like science fiction movie scripts.
Discussion: MIT Advertising Lab
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: SCI FI Tech, OhGizmo! and Ubergizmo
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