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3:10 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.
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Om Malik / CNNMoney.com:
How Fox Interactive got so sly
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Scott M. Fulton, III / TG Daily:
Microsoft introduces 360-degree conferencing camera as part of VoIP strategy  —  San Francisco (CA) - At what had been billed as a rollout event for the company's Office Communications and "softphone" software yesterday, Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes unveiled an intriguing …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Marketing Profs Daily Fix Blog:
Ann Handley: What's the Biggest Lie About Blogging?  —  It's been 3 months since this blog launched.  And the learning curve - as for any new venture - has been steep as Kilimanjaro.  —  Which was surprising....  For some reason, I was under the ridiculous impression that launching a blog …
Discussion: Business Filter and Ensight
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
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 …
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: Lifehacker and TechBlog
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google releases answer to Passport  —  Google just released the Account Authentication Proxy for Web-Based Applications — which looks a lot like Passport.  According to the website, this proxy lets web-based applications create services protected by a Google Account by enabling a web application …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Bill Boei / Vancouver Sun:
Top up your parking meter with a cell call  —  New service allows drivers to call a city phone number to pay meter charges  —  Starting now, you can pay parking meters from your cellphone, get a text message warning the meter is about to expire and even top up the meter without going outside.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and .: UNEASYsilence :.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Craigslist's Craig Newmark—no more Mr. Nice Guy?  —  Craigslist.org founder Craig Newmark has a message for the British media mogul—a knight no less—who recently called him a "socialistic anarchist."  —  During an interview last week, a smiling Newmark offered up a little history lesson in response …
BBC:
Superfast internet cafe launches  —  An internet cafe offering connections 50 times faster than typical broadband services has opened in Cornwall.  —  Computers at Goonhilly satellite station, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, are connected to BT's global internet protocol network.
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Senators endorse broadcast flag plan  —  WASHINGTON—A legislative proposal to revive a controversial anticopying system known as the broadcast flag cleared a U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday, despite misgivings from some senators.  —  During a day of debate on a wide-ranging communications bill …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Ding Dong, go the wedding bells of Hollywood and Silicon Valley
Dan Zambonini / O'Reilly XML Blog:
Why the World is ready for the Semantic Web
Discussion: EarlyStageVC and Raw
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista volume license keys to be tagged and neutered
Discussion: crn.com, The Browser and Neowin.net
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Leaving Yahoo!
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Associated Press:
Top Internet Providers Hope to Combat Child Porn With Image Database
Mike / Techdirt:
Is It Illegal To Describe The Sporting Event You're Watching?
Robert Summa / Joystiq:
Pink is the new DS Lite
Xenon / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing Drosera
Discussion: Ajaxian and Chris Holland
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adobe Launches Flex 2
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Sun says open-source Java possible in 'months'
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
A $31 Billion Gift Between Friends
Discussion: Valleywag