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3:10 PM ET, June 26, 2006


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Microsoft Unveils Unified Communications Product Road Map and Partner Ecosystem  —  New 2007 Office system products to deliver enterprise communications solution that unifies voice, conferencing, IM and collaboration.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — June 25, 2006 — Jeff Raikes, president …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plans to Blend Phones With Computers  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 25 — Microsoft plans to offer a strategy on Monday describing how it intends to transform the telecommunications world in much the same way it changed the computing world in the 1980's.  —  Its new approach centers …
Microsoft:   Microsoft and Siemens Collaborate to Usher in New Era of Unified Communications
Peter T Davis:
Podcasts, an efficient means of content delivery?  —  I've been following some podcasts on and off for the past six months or so, and have begun to question whether it's an efficient use of my time.  The content of the shows I listen to are generally very high.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Peter says podcasting is inefficient  —  Peter Davis says: "In the time I can listen to an average podcast, I could have caught up on my 50 favorite blogs, or read a chapter in a book, or read the latest issue of Red Herring magazine."  —  You might be shocked to hear me say this, but Peter is right.
Discussion: Podcasting News and Glass House
Wi-Fi crusader in $5 router giveaway  —  FON, a Spanish start-up on an ambitious crusade to turn home Wi-Fi connections into wireless "hotspots" for nearby users, is set to unveil on Monday a plan to hand out 1 million wireless routers for just $5 apiece.  —  FON, which aims to create …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers Find Financial Backers For Their Independent News Sites  —  As the print media ponder the possibilities presented by blogs, some journalists are raising money to turn their own independent blogs into businesses.  —  In the latest example, Rafat Ali, the 31-year-old editor and publisher …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
What if They Built an Urban Wireless Network and Hardly Anyone Used It?  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan — Peter Shyu, an engineer, spends most of his day out of the office, and when he needs an Internet connection he often pops into one of the many coffee shops in this city that offer free wireless access.
Lauren Williamson /
Blame game  —  Schools file injunction; Google denies fault  —  HICKORY — Catawba County Schools took aim at Google Friday.  —  The system filed an injunction against the Internet search engine  —  The temporary injunction, granted by the Honorable Richard D. Boner …
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Google "hacked our website"
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Skip the Sitter, and Feed Your Virtual Pet by Cellphone  —  For those who argue that young people are spending too much time in front of computers, MTV Networks has an answer.  It will now let them feed and dote on virtual pets using cellphones.  —  MTV, a unit of Viacom …
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Business Week:
Inside Nathan Myhrvold's Mysterious New Idea Machine  —  As his cash-rich firm snaps up thousands of patents, fears emerge that it will become a leader in litigation—not innovation  —  A rocket scientist, a mathematician, a brain surgeon, and a lawyer walk into a room.
Tower stacking up downloads  —  Music retailer Tower Records is preparing to take the shrink-wrap off its digital download store on Tuesday, when goes live with a comprehensive service powered by Puretracks.  —  Tower will market the digital alternative across all media …
Discussion: Engadget and Things That
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Warren Buffet to give his fortune to Gates Foundation  —  Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, announced he is giving the vast majority of his $44 Billion dollar fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  I said in an earlier post that "Bill Gates legacy will be humanitarian philanthropy".
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
As Online Ads Grow, Eyeballs Are Valuable Again on the Web  —  THE great eyeball chase is back in full swing.  And it does not matter that the eyeballs may not be buying anything.  With online advertising revenues growing quickly, new information-rich sites of all kinds are mushrooming across the Web.
Brian Ward / The Tech Confidential Blog:
Mel Karmazin opens Convergence 2.0  —  The Deal's Richard Morgan led Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin on a walk through his history, from his time at CBS up through his current role with Sirius Satellite Radio and had him peer into the company's future to kick off the Convergence 2.0 conference this morning.
Discussion: InterMedia and Orbitcast
Mercury News:
Don't let the service providers discriminate on the Internet  —  A debate about the future of the Internet is taking place now in our nation's capital, and American innovation as we know it is at stake.  The debate is over ``net neutrality,'' an obscure term that refers to control of Internet content …
Dpreview / Digital Camera Reviews and News:
Casio Exilim Card EX-S600D  —  Casio today announced the Exilim Card EX-S600D, an ultra slim 6.0 megapixel camera offering Casio's Anti-Shake DSP, a 3x zoom and a 2.2-inch screen.  The EX-S600D is the same model as the EX-S600 (announced in October last year) but adds high quality DivX movie capability.
Discussion: Gizmodo, and Engadget
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
iPod maker admits breaking Chinese labour laws  —  Says Apple approved sweat-shop labour  —  APPLE COMPUTER is getting into a deep PR mess over the antics of one of its its Chinese partners.  —  After denying that it was running a sweatshop that would be familiar to Charles Dickens …
Discussion: Engadget and Valleywag
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