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6:00 AM ET, June 28, 2006

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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Is Microsoft about to release a Windows "kill switch"? … Two weeks ago, I wrote about my serious objections to Microsoft's latest salvo in the war against unauthorized copies of Windows.  Two Windows Genuine Advantage components are being pushed onto users' machines with insufficient notification …
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Simon Freeman / Times of London:
Virus hackers held in UK and Finland  —  Three men suspected of bombarding business computers with e-mail viruses were arrested today following an investigation into internet fraud involving police in Britain and Finland.  —  The trio - a 63-year-old from England, a 28-year-old from Scotland …
Discussion: Security Fix
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Jeremy Wagstaff / the LOOSE wire blog:
Suspected Fraudsters Behind the Sony DRM Virus Arrested
Discussion: Techdirt
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
His Space … Perched on the edge of a bright white power sofa on the supernaturally quiet eighth floor of the News Corporation's global headquarters, the last thing Rupert Murdoch looks like is a fire-eyed revolutionary.  Starched cuffs.  Courtly manner.  A month past his 75th birthday.
Discussion: Perceptric Forum and ben barren
New York Times:
With a Cellphone as My Guide  —  Think of it as a divining rod for the information age.  —  If you stand on a street corner in Tokyo today you can point a specialized cellphone at a hotel, a restaurant or a historical monument, and with the press of a button the phone will display information …
Discussion: 21talks and Perceptric Forum
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Ignoring the "Great Firewall of China"  —  The Great Firewall of China is an important tool for the Chinese Government in their efforts to censor the Internet.  It works, in part, by inspecting web traffic to determine whether or not particular words are present.
Discussion: Emergent Chaos
blackberryforums.pinstack.com:
3rd Party Software  —  Aftermarket software.  Download, share and upload applications.  —  Thread Tools  —  Stack Pro  —  PIN: 20405A18  —  Stacked: Feb 2006  —  Screen Shots: SonaMobile video player in action!!!  —  Sorry, the quality might not be all that great …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and I4U News
Next Generation:
THE TEN GREATEST YEARS IN GAMING  —  In the 30 years or so since videogames came into being as consumer products, we reckon ten truly stand-out as memorable, offering innovation and excitement.  Here's Next-Gen.Biz's not-to-be-missed-list including a history of our industry...
Discussion: Kotaku and Joystiq
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
A look inside PeopleAggregator  —  Marc Canter's much anticipated PeopleAggregator is starting to roll out, password protection is scheduled to be removed Wednesday around noon Pacific time.  PeopleAggregator is the product of 3 years of self funded work by Canter to bridge the gap between …
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Digg 3  —  Overview Preview User Opinions Compare  —  CNET editors' take  —  Digg allows users to rank news stories, blog entries, and videos from all over the Web.  Like an ambitious high-school geek determined to get hip with the in crowd, the latest version of this social content aggregator attempts …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Walkie Talkie Watches  —  Another Walkie Talkie Watch, but this time not quite so nerdy looking.  These watches were worn by the Norwegian Olympic Team during the last Winter Olympics, which means they're decent enough for people who need things to work—whatever that means.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Ubergizmo
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
A $31 Billion Gift Between Friends  —  The friendship between Warren E. Buffett and Bill Gates has been forged over a shared passion for such homespun American treats as cherry Coke, burgers and college football.  They delight as well in loftier pursuits, like playing bridge and solving complex math problems.
Discussion: Valleywag
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Comcast Buys Digital Media Services Firm ThePlatform  —  Exclusive: Comcast Interactive, the internet arm of cable giant Comcast, has bought out Seattle-based digital media services provider thePlatform, paidContent.org has learned from sources.  ThePlatform CEO Ian Blaine confirmed the deal to me in a short phone call.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Arthur O. Suzlberger, Jr: The New York Times Company has the 'dough' online  —  Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., Chairman, The New York Times Company and Publisher, The New York Times, is confident in the economic potential of interactive media, particularly for The New York Times Company.
Discussion: Beet.TV and MocoNews.net
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Social Networking for Bookworms  —  If bookcases are a way to casually display interests dear to the owner, the Internet throws open the doors on reading habits.  Social-networking and book retailers' sites are already rife with lists of readers' favorite material, allowing people to compare notes on taste and compatibility.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TED conference releases its video, awesome stuff  —  Really great video content was just released by the TED conference.  I've never been to this conference, but it has a huge reputation and if you look at the speakers you'll see why.  Hans Rosling, for instance, has an amazing data visualization talk.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Farecast airfare prediction engine opens public beta today  —  The airfare prediction Farecast launches its public beta today, enabling travelers to leverage more than 60 billion records of past airfare prices to predict whether prices will rise or fall over the next 7 days.
Read/WriteWeb:
YouTube Nearly Doubles Traffic In May  —  The latest comScore stats for May 2006 show how fast social networking sites are growing, but YouTube in particular is displaying spectacular growth.  As comScore noted in its monthly report: … According to comScore YouTube had 12.6 million unique visitors in May …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Extension for Flock
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Mickey Alam Khan / dmnews.com:
From DM News Essential Guide to Search Engine Marketing: Editor's Note
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Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Robin Harris / StorageMojo:
Apple Mojo In High-End Storage
Chris Noon / Forbes:
Wright's NBC In Deal With Video Site YouTube
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Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
RCA Akimbo Box Coming This Fall
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The Doc Searls Weblog:
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New AdSense "Vertical Images" within ad units
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
OMB Sets Guidelines for Federal Employee Laptop Security
CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: An Internet for the few or the many?
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Cellfire Launches Tomorrow - Free Cellphone Coupons
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Online Effort Is Planned Against Child Pornography