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12:45 PM ET, July 5, 2006

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Kristina Shevory / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Looking for More Elbow Room  —  In the midst of its biggest expansion in nearly a decade, the world's largest software company has suddenly found itself with a major setback: not enough room to grow.  —  Microsoft — in the midst of a bitter rivalry with Google and Yahoo …
Reuters:
Google says bill could spark anti-trust complaints  —  SOFIA (Reuters) - Google warned on Tuesday it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the United States if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators.
Dallas Star-Telegram:
Losing their jobs and even their iPods  —  National Semiconductor giveth, and it taketh away.  —  The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company gained loads of publicity last month for announcing plans to give every employee a 30-gigabyte video iPod.  —  Last week, the company laid off 35 employees at its Arlington plant.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth and Techdirt
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
The Internet Knows What You'll Do Next  —  A FEW years back, a technology writer named John Battelle began talking about how the Internet had made it possible to predict the future.  When people went to the home page of Google or Yahoo and entered a few words into a search engine …
Roger O. Crockett / Business Week:
Senate Scorecard: AT&T 1, Google 0  —  Telecom providers gained ground on June 28 when a Senate committee paved the way for them to freely set fees for delivering Net content.  But they still must clear many hurdles on Capitol Hill before winning the "Net neutrality" battle
Randy Charles Morin / The RSS Blog:
SOAP, REST and XML-RPC  —  Dave Winer on SOAP, REST and XML-RPC. … Dave believes that XML-RPC is easy compared to SOAP and REST.  Let's examine the merits of each with concrete examples.  Following is sample SOAP, REST and XML-RPC request and response messages.  Note that I've left out some HTTP headers.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:   I wonder if it's be possible for me to disagree with Randy Morin without getting flamed.
BBC:
Web perils advise switch to Macs  —  Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.  —  Sophos security said that the 10 most commonly found pieces of malicious software all targeted Windows machines.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube challenger offers to pay for video  —  update A new video-sharing site is offering videographers a share of the advertising dollars that their movies generate, at a time when most video-sharing sites are just trying to eke out a profit.  —  Saturday saw the launch of eefoof.com …
Howard W. French / New York Times:
Chinese plan tougher rules on cyberspace  —  Chinese authorities have announced their intention to step up their efforts to police and control the Internet and other communications technologies, including instant messaging and cell phones.  —  Speaking at a conference in Beijing on June 28 …
Star C. Foster / Shiny Shiny:
Voice Activated Remote Control  —  I hope you'll all forgive me, as I'm about to go all "old fogey" on your for a moment.  When I was a child, our television sets had these numbered knobs on them, which we used to manually change the television station.  This meant, if you can believe it …
Discussion: Tech Digest and OhGizmo!
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
The Seed (Venture Investing) Rules  —  The following figure self-summarizes venture guy Vinod Khosla's investment returns by amount invested, and then stratified by whether he had a board seat.  The upshot: His highest returns came disproportionately from investments where he put in less than $1m, and from where he had a board seat.
Discussion: GigaOM
Reuters:
Paris wants wireless Internet access across city  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Paris wants blanket wireless Internet cover by the end of 2007, helping to make it the most connected capital city in the world, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said on Tuesday.  —  Under a new plan, the city hopes to set …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Record industry to sue Yahoo China over pirated tunes  —  Back in February, I posted an item on BoingBoing about the abundance of pirated tunes one can find by way of Chinese-language search engines Yahoo China and Baidu.  Not news for anyone who's spent time on those sites, but as a non-Chinese-speaker, it was news to me.
Discussion: SearchViews and Valleywag
People's Daily Online:
Google steps up competition in China's on-line books  —  Google, the world's largest Internet search engine company, is to start an on-line book search service in China, accelerating fierce competition with Baidu, its biggest Chinese rival, the Xinhua-run Shanghai Securities News reported Wednesday.
Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Wireless sensors could protect US power grid  —  A network of compact surveillance sensors could soon be monitoring the US power grid.  Sensors attached to electricity pylons would spot problems like bad weather or damage caused by terrorist attacks and automatically re-route around trouble spots.
Discussion: [Geeks are Sexy] …
BBC:
Anti-piracy tool confuses users  —  An anti-piracy check for Microsoft Windows is causing problems for some users who are being told their copies of operating system XP are not genuine.  —  The tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), is aimed at cracking down on millions of illegal copies of Windows XP in circulation.
 
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teleclick.ca:
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The Register:
Rank outsider sues Google over zero score
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