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12:50 PM ET, June 28, 2006

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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 …
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.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
paidContent's 'blowout' NYC mixer: Internet bubble redux, or new rational entrepreneurship?  —  While enjoying the party Rafat Ali's paidContent threw for New York City new media types last evening, I was struck at how different the atmosphere was from the 1990's venture-capital funded Silicon Alley …
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Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
NBC Taps Popularity Of Online Video Site  —  Online video company YouTube Inc. said yesterday that it will promote NBC's fall television lineup and sponsor a contest related to a popular network show, signaling a wave of marriages between old-media firms and fledgling video Web sites.
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Chris Noon / Forbes:
Wright's NBC In Deal With Video Site YouTube  —  LONDON -  —  Boob Tube?  Judging by the "Top Favorites" section on Sequoia Capital-funded video-sharing site YouTube, Internet users like watching students performing robot dances, teenagers playing electric guitar versions of Pachelbel's Canon …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Open your wallet to Google  —  Give Google credit for one thing: The search giant has a way of generating a lot of buzz.  —  This week, possibly as soon as Wednesday, Google is expected by many to unveil a new Internet payment system.  It may start out as an online wallet but could become …
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Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
Ten Possible Consequences of Google's GBuy
Discussion: TechBlog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Launches Flex 2  —  Adobe launches the Flex 2 product line tomorrow along with Flash Player 9.  Flex is a web web development environment used by programmers to build rich web applications that can make use of Flash and/or Ajax.  The main advantage of Flex is that it makes developing Flash applications …
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 …
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Jeremy Wagstaff / the LOOSE wire blog:
Suspected Fraudsters Behind the Sony DRM Virus Arrested
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zlango's Icon-based Language for SMS  —  Zlango is a new Israeli startup (there is a lot of innovation going on there) that has created a very interesting new language and associated application that could change the SMS landscape (as well as, eventually, email and IM).
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Zoli's Blog
CNET News.com:
Gliffy, the online Visio killer  —  Two guys with some time on their hands have created a tool that might just become a Visio-killer.  Gliffy is a free diagramming tool that works entirely in your browser.  —  Like other online applications, it has inherent advantages over traditional software.
Discussion: TechBlog
Paul Miller / Engadget:
California launches "mandatory" cellphone recycling program  —  The Golden State has always been fairly legislation-happy when it comes to keeping things green, and now they're trying to "Keep California Beautiful" with a new program to require cellphone recycling.
Discussion: technology filter
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Linden Lab to Create De Facto Tiered Service  —  As we wrote about earlier on 3pointD, Linden Lab, creators of the virtual world of Second Life, has been met with an outcry over recent changes to their registration system, which no longer requires billing information or real-world identifying data of any kind.
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Sun says open-source Java possible in 'months'  —  Logistics such as maintaining compatibility still being worked out  —  A Sun Microsystems Inc. executive said Tuesday said the company is "months" away from releasing its trademark Java programming language under an open-source license.
Discussion: SunMink : SunMink and Open Culture
Xenon / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing Drosera  —  I would like to introduce a new addition to the WebKit open source tools—a JavaScript debugger.  Drosera, named after the largest genera of bug eating plants, lets you attach and debug JavaScript for any WebKit application—not just Safari.
Discussion: Chris Holland
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
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista volume license keys to be tagged and neutered  —  "Corporate Edition" versions of Windows have been the blessing of both IT workers and casual pirates since the days of Windows 95, when the operating system first started asking for a license key on installation.
Discussion: The Browser and Neowin.net
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Windows Genuine Advantage could lock pirated copies of Windows  —  It's been known that the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) phones home for quite some time now.  For most of us, we've come to live with Microsoft's decision to relegate the software to only contacting the company's servers once every few weeks .
Google Blogoscoped:
Is Google Objective?  Manual Edits in Search Results  —  Google claims that their search results "are generated completely objectively and are independent of the beliefs and preferences of those who work at Google."  Elizabeth Van Couvering, at the Berlin search engines workshop Monday …
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.
Associated Press:
Top Internet Providers Hope to Combat Child Porn With Image Database  —  NEW YORK — Five leading online service providers will jointly build a database of child-pornography images and develop other tools to help network operators and law enforcement better prevent distribution of the images.
 
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