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2:50 PM ET, July 4, 2006

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Stars & Stripes:
South Korea temporarily lifts decision to block VoIP services  —  Government will discuss Internet calling ban with USFK  —  SEOUL — The decision to block South Korea-based U.S. military community members from making phone calls via the Internet has been put on hold.
Discussion: VoIP Lowdown and 21talks
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Agence France Presse:
US firms accuse Qualcomm of unfair practices in South Korea
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
What the world would be like without Google  —  Ionut has an interesting post about what the world would be like without Google.  I agree that the Internet would be quite a bit different than it is today.  I wonder what points will be added to this list ten years from now?
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Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
If Google Didn't Exist...  * our mail account would still have 2MB or 4MB of storage and we would be happy about that.  —  * we would find a mail by manually reviewing each subject and sender.  —  * we would pay for software like Picasa, Keyhole (now Google Earth), Sketchup.
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
More Internet users mobile than wired in Japan  —  The number of Internet users in Japan accessing from cellphones exceeded those using it from personal computers in 2005, according to a government report published Tuesday.  —  At the end of the year there were 69.2 million people using …
Paul Boutin / Slate:
IT'S COMING.  IT'LL BE GREAT.  YOU'LL HATE IT.  —  For a sneak peek at the future of computing, go to YouOS and click "Try a Demo."  Your browser window turns into a desktop of its own, with sub-windows for e-mail, chat, and Web browsing.  There are also links on the YouOS desktop for a sticky-notes program and a rich-text editor.
Dennis Hissink / letsgodigital.org:
Samsung NV10  —  Samsung NV10 : Samsung is proud to announce the newest addition to their technologically advanced and stylish Samsung NV Series, the Samsung NV10.  This 10 Megapixel model features the distinctive styling of the NV Series including an innovative touch pad Graphical User Interface …
Discussion: Engadget and I4U News
Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
New chip, new case for next Pro Mac at WWDC  —  July 3, 2006 - When Apple unveils its Power Mac G5 replacement at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month, the top-of-the-line computer will sport a new enclosure, Think Secret has confirmed.  —  While specifics were not disclosed …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Metacafe Gets $15 million for Video-Sharing Site  —  Metacafe, the popular Israeli video site, has taken a hefty $15 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners - on top of an original investment from Benchmark of $5 million.  Metacafe, which launched in 2003 …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MetaCafe lands $15 mill more for video sharing
Discussion: paidContent.org
Steve Wiseman / IntelliAdmin.com:
Why Windows takes so long to shut down.  —  We all have been there.  It is 4:55 and you want to get out of work...But you want to make sure your system is shutdown for the night.  You dutifully close all of your applications and start shutting down  —  5 minutes later it *finally* powers off
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
MS: 20% of WGA failures not caused by pirated keys  —  You don't need to look very hard to find outraged Windows customers who have been branded pirates by Windows Genuine Authentication.  And a hefty number of them claim they're being unfairly targeted, with legitimate Windows copies that are being tagged as stolen or pirated.
CNET News.com:
Perspective: What U.S. broadband problem?  —  "Tenth is 10 spots too low," President Bush declared in 2004, referring to the share of Americans with high-speed Internet connections compared with citizens of other countries.  —  Today, the U.S. doesn't even make the top 10.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Identity Thief Finds Easy Money Hard to Resist  —  By the time of Shiva Brent Sharma's third arrest for identity theft, at the age of 20, he had taken in well over $150,000 in cash and merchandise in his brief career.  After a certain point, investigators stopped counting.
Read/WriteWeb:
Doing The Silicon Valley Conference Circuit  —  My third trip to the US is almost over, as I'm flying back to good old NZ tomorrow.  I thought I'd write a quick post about my experiences from this trip.  In particular about the 3 conferences I went to: Supernova, BloggerCon and Gnomedex.
NEWS.com.au:
Computers 'glued' to protect data  —  SOME companies are taking drastic action - including supergluing computer connections - in a bid to stop data theft.  —  A rise in the level of corporate data theft has spurred some companies to take measures to stop rogue employees sneaking corporate data …
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP  —  Ready to bring VoIP into your business?  Getting pressure to implement it but trying to avoid it?  Here's our five-point take on the state of the technology.  —  Like any emerging technology, voice over IP presents a painful series of …
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP and VoIP Watch
 
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Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
A CableCard That Hasn't Been Able to Kill the Set-Top Box
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Valleywag:
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Aaron / The Blog Herald:
Defining Blog Networks
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Gawker's Restructuring, Old New Media, and Bubble 2.0
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
Q&A with Firefox's Blake Ross: Extended version
Discussion: Slashdot
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Photobucket Distributing Custom Flock Browser
Nick / Rough Type:
Netscape's junk drawer
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Technovia
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Seems Somebody Is Clicking on That Spam
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Blackberry to Get Wi-Fi, Other Added Features
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm halts Euro Treo 650 shipments
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Michele Chandler / siliconvalley.com:
Valley firms going quiet
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
XHTMLized Turns Your Design into Code
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Sen. Stevens and David Reed on "What is the Internet?"
Marc / Wooster Collective:
ANOTHER CRATE PIECE FROM MELBOURNE
Discussion: Joystiq
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Why No Lester Bangs of Gaming?