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12:45 PM ET, June 27, 2006


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Brian Ward / The Tech Confidential Blog:
Leo Hindery's death sentence for the portals  —  Leo Hindery's Washington Insider Keynote at the Convergence 2.0 conference barely touched on Washington at all, but was filled with plenty of bold statements.  Hindery, managing partner at Intermedia Partners, first took all content and distribution …
Mike / Techdirt:
Cable Guy Says Portals Are Toast  —  from the haven't-we-heard-that-before?  dept  —  Leo Hindery is a cable guy.  He's always been a cable guy.  He was the head of TCI which eventually got bought by AT&T and became AT&T Broadband.  Later he was head of GlobalCenter and was there as that telco bubble-era play popped.
Chicago Tribune:
Hands off the Internet  —  There's a movement in Congress to make telephone and cable companies treat all the traffic on their high-speed networks the same.  That is, charge all content providers the same price.  This goes by the name "net neutrality."  It sounds vaguely appealing in a country that values equality for all.
Discussion: The Original Blog
Mike / Techdirt:
Why Is There So Little Honesty In The Net Neutrality Debate?  —  from the is-it-so-hard?  dept  —  We've been bashing both sides of the net neutrality debate for stretching their arguments to ridiculous extremes — but what's bothersome is that even when things are clearly untrue and been disproved …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Put the Pedal to the Metal: Take the 2007 Microsoft Office System Out for a Spin  —  More than 2.5 million people already using the Beta 2 release.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 26, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a "try it before you buy it" program allowing people to take an online test-drive …
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Google Gets Ready to Test GBuy, A New Online-Payment Option  —  For years, consumers who didn't want to give Web merchants their credit-card information faced limited options when it came to making purchases online.  This week, consumers could get access to another electronic-payment option …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Jellyfish's Liquid E-Commerce Market  —  It's nothing new.  —  I get this comment all the time when I'm trying to describe what I think is a (r)evolutionary change.  It's human instinct to cleave to what we already know, to hope that we can continue to live comfortably in the world that we've already wrapped our minds around.
Mark McGuire / Jellyfish:
Unveiling and VPA Advertising
Barry Fox / NewScientistTech:
Invention: Password-protected bullets  —  For more than 30 years, Barry Fox has trawled through the world's weird and wonderful patent applications, uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new ideas.  His column, Invention, is exclusively online.  Scroll down for a round-up of previous Invention articles.
Discussion: 21talks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Dabble DB Raises Cash  —  Dabble DB, a Vancouver-based online database / hosted application creation company has raised around $2 million dollars in Series A venture funding from Ventures West, a Canadian VC fund.  Paul Kedrosky, a venture partner with the fund, is leading the investment in the eighteen-month-old company.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Dabble DB and the Enterprise 2.0 Opportunity
Ed Oswald / BetaNews:
Windows Live Spaces to Debut July 15  —  Microsoft said Friday that it was preparing to migrate its Spaces blogging service to its Windows Live brand, and with the change the company will add new features and tighter integration with other Windows Live services.
THE MYSPACE PROBLEM  —  When it comes to some of the web's most popular sites - is their success because of or in spite of 'ugly' design?  —  In his 2004 AIGA magazine piece It's Good to Be Bad, David Volgler observed a troubling trend in web design.  Pointing to six popular but ugly websites …
Discussion: Bokardo and Weblogsky
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Pink DS Lite on the way  —  We all knew that the DS Lite would end up coming out in many different colors, but who knew it would be so soon!  Japan can expect to see the release of a Pink DS Lite somewhere around July 20th according to many Japanese retailers.
Discussion: Kotaku and DS Fanboy
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
AVATAR-BASED MARKETING: THE AVATAR-BASED PANEL (PART ONE OF FIVE)  —  A virtual island owned by Harvard, five panelists from California, the East Coast, Toronto, and London, an audience of advertisers, academics, and developers from points unknown, all gathered together in avatar form to discuss …
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Suit 2.0  —  Back in the nineties, Jason Calacanis was a Silicon Alley cowboy.  Now, at AOL, he's in full corporate harness.  Is that the only way for an entrepreneur to get to the top?  —  B  —  ack in the fall of 1998, on the night after AOL announced that it was undertaking …
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
EU poised to rule against Microsoft  —  The European Union's top antitrust regulator is poised to issue a formal ruling that finds Microsoft guilty of breaking EU competition rules.  The ruling is likely to be accompanied by fines for the US software group of up to €2m ($2.5m) a day.
Elliott Back:
Wordpress And Automattic: A Sinister Pair  —  Following the recent announcement of a Support Network from the commercial arm of Wordpress, Automattic, I've decide to co-brand the two companies:  —  On the face of things, for the Wordpress developers to sell tiered support for their free open source product sounds like a great idea.
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Google and MySpace: Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda!!  —  In the latest (July) issue of Wired magazine, Rupert Murdoch claims that Google...  So that means Google could have acquired MySpace a year ago for about $290 million.  Talk about a strategic blunder... the thought of Google and MySpace, combined, boggles the mind.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC to run TV promos on YouTube  —  NBC and YouTube are going from foes to friends.  —  The network is announcing a deal today that will see select clips of NBC series embedded on the popular viral-video site beginning this week, sources said.  —  NBC and YouTube declined comment.
Discussion: VentureInside and Micro Persuasion
Austin Vaughan /
mobiBLU US2 - The UltraSlim DAP  —  MobiBlu has a new flash-player in the works, the US2, which stands for "UltraSlim-2" (although there never was a US1, as far as we know).  And slim it is: this thing is less then 1cm thick, putting its waist-size very close to that of the iPod nano.
Paul R. La Monica /
DVD or download?  —  Early adopters may think that movie downloads are cool but it's too soon to declare the death of the DVD.  —  NEW YORK ( — How are you going to watch movies at home in the future?  —  Are you going to download them on your computer and then watch them on your TV or an iPod?
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