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4:50 PM ET, June 28, 2006

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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  —  Ross Levinsohn's wheeling and dealing to get News Corp. back in the Web game has been ridiculed by many as profligate and late.  But he may yet prove them all wrong.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2. Magazine) — News Corp. executive Ross Levinsohn …
Discussion: GigaOM and Vacuum
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 …
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
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The new publishing model (or, "On Rafat, Om, Federated Media, AdBrite, and Blogads.")  —  My VC pal Fred Wilson is trying to figure out what Om and Rafat are raising venture capital since the whole discussion over the past couple of years has been that media companies don't need a lot of capital.
Discussion: A VC and Scripting News
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Does the Great Firewall Violate U.S. Law?  —  Clayton, Murdoch, and Watson have an interesting new paper describing technical mechanisms that the Great Firewall of China uses to block online access to content the Chinese government doesn't like.  —  The Great Firewall works in two parts.
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.
Lynne Marek / LAW.com:
Online Peers Stand Up for Craigslist in Lawsuit  —  Google, Amazon.com, AOL and Yahoo are helping defend online peer Craigslist against a lawsuit that would hold the Web site liable for discriminatory housing ads that appeared on its site.  —  The online companies last week filed an amicus brief …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ShopWiki to spend $25,000 on user submitted videos  —  ShopWiki, an incredibly innovative online shopping community, will announce today another step to expand their service's offerings.  The company will pay users $50 per video for the first 500 submitted product review videos selected for inclusion on the site - that's $25k total.
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 …
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.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ConnectBeam aims to bring social bookmarking to the enterprise  —  ConnectBeam is a weeks-old startup looking to take social bookmarking into the enterprise sector.  I love it when the cross-pollination between consumer services and business use starts with consumer practices and this is just one of many such developments recently.
Discussion: PostBubble
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
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.
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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
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Vista volume license keys to be tagged and neutered
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David Beach / David Beach's Blog:
Leaving Yahoo!
Paul Miller / Engadget:
California launches "mandatory" cellphone recycling program
Discussion: technology filter
Associated Press:
Top Internet Providers Hope to Combat Child Porn With Image Database
Robert Summa / Joystiq:
Pink is the new DS Lite
Xenon / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing Drosera
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Google Blogoscoped:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Extension for Flock