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10:35 PM ET, July 4, 2006


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DeWitt Clinton / DeWitt Clinton's
On RSS and Atom  —  RSS is great.  No, I'll go further than that.  RSS, as a representation of an idea, is perhaps the single most influential cultural shift of the post-2001 technical and business community.  RSS is the embodiment of the notion of sharing and syndication.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Lead engineer at Amazon recommends Atom over RSS  —  DeWitt Clinton has a long, and thoughtful, post on RSS and Atom today.  If you're a geek/developer it's worth reading and thinking about.  Thanks to Niall for linking me to it.  —  It's interesting that the Atom side of the fence …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:   DeWitt on Atom syndication 1.0
Chris Coker / QJ.NET - PSP Updates:
Another "Unconventional" Ad From Sony - UPDATED  —  The fourth of July is an special holiday instated that Americans might never forget the struggle for independence and freedom, as such it's somewhat ironic that this little beauty should come to our attention this morning.
Discussion: DigitalBattle and Opposable Thumbs
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:
New Windows Genuine Advantage lawsuit  —  Another lawsuit has been filed against Microsoft over Windows Genuine Advantage, alleging that the anti-piracy tool is spyware.  (See earlier story about the first suit.)  Here's the new complaint, also filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle: PDF, 428 kb.
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and
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.
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
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?
Stephen Baker / Blogspotting:
The blogosphere is not "credible"  —  Steven Straight leaves a comment on Heather's post warning that the blogosphere is losing credibility.  (I left a comment on the post, but don't feel like waiting for it to be approved.)  My point: The blogosphere by itself has no credibility.
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 …
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
Apple Phones Home, Too  —  Lately I've heard a lot on technical podcasts about the public outrage over "Microsoft Genuine Advantage" and the fact that it "phones home" every day.  —  Apple released Mac OS X 10.4.7 last week, and ever since I installed it, I've been noticing Apple's own modest home phoning behavior.
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
Agence France Presse:
US firms accuse Qualcomm of unfair practices in South Korea
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget Mobile
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
Irving Wladawsky-Berger:
Democratizing Innovation  —  I recently attended a lecture by Eric von Hippel on Democratizing Innovation.  Von Hippel is Professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Head of its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group.  The lecture was based on his book of the same title, which is also available as a free download.
Discussion: mobile jones
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 …
Eric Caoili / 4 color rebellion:
New Super Mario Bros.  Challenge Mode  —  Thought you'd done all there was to do with New Super Mario Bros?  You rocked Bowser Jr's face off, collected all the Star Coins, and figured you were the cat's pajamas?  Think again, young whipper snappers.  Until you've played …
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and DS Fanboy
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Get Your Art in Bob Ross Game  —  Bob Ross Interactive is holding a contest to get a gamer's art into the upcoming Bob Ross video game.  The contest starts on July 4 and will only accept work created using Bob Ross's patented wet-on-wet technique and Bob Ross "approved" materials.
Discussion: Go Nintendo
Steve Wiseman /
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
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Discussion: Mashable*
Aaron / The Blog Herald:
Defining Blog Networks
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Gawker's Restructuring, Old New Media, and Bubble 2.0
Discussion: flashpoint and Business Filter
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Identity Thief Finds Easy Money Hard to Resist
 Earlier Items: 
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Blackberry to Get Wi-Fi, Other Added Features
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Ryan Katz / Think Secret:
New chip, new case for next Pro Mac at WWDC
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
In Depth: Five Things You Must Know About VoIP
Discussion: Realtime-VoIP and VoIP Watch
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm halts Euro Treo 650 shipments
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Michele Chandler /
Valley firms going quiet