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6:35 AM ET, April 5, 2007

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees DRM-free music in Zune's future  —  Microsoft plans to follow Apple in selling unprotected songs from EMI, though the company won't say just when such tracks will appear on the Zune Marketplace store.  —  When CEO Steve Jobs issued his open letter calling for an end to DRM …
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Zune for free with a phone-like plan?
Mike / Techdirt:
Verizon Wireless Slowly, Quietly, Backing Away From Misleading Claims Of Unlimited Service  —  from the shhhh...-don't-tell-anyone dept  —  For years, Verizon Wireless has been pushing its EVDO wireless internet service as "unlimited" — but then cutting off users if they passed some unknown, unstated "cap."
Discussion: broadbandreports.com and MoCoNews
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Marketing in Second Life doesn't work... here is why!  —  Last week, the Hamburg-based research firm Komjuniti published the first extensive survey of Resident attitudes toward real world marketing in Second Life.  It's been a long time in coming: a British branding agency established …
Discussion: MediaVidea, flashpoint and bytesized
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says  —  One of the dark stains on Yahoo's (YHOO) track record is its decision not to buy Google (GOOG) when it had the chance.  Needham's Mark May today wonders if the company has made a comparable error with its refusal to pay up for Facebook.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo ambushed by hindsight and armchair CEOs-again
24/7 Wall St.:
Yahoo! To Facebook: Still Too High A Price
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Trash TechCrunch And Win A Free Pass To The Web 2.0 Expo  —  We've gotten our hands on three free passes to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco on April 15-18, valued at $1,500 each.  We traded these passes for excess advertising inventory on our sites, and our plan is to give them away to readers.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick:   Mike Arrington: Bobblehead or (3)Bubble Head?
David Pogue / New York Times:
TiVo Plays a Trump Card: Web Smarts  —  What is it with the rash of new set-top boxes lately?  One recent box brings the best of the Internet to your TV screen, like podcasts, Web videos and Internet radio.  Another one is a video recorder that you can operate from anywhere in the world …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Alpha - Google Custom Search Engine Gets a Competitor  —  Yahoo!7 is about to release version 1.0 of Yahoo! Alpha beta - a new service that allows users to create personalized search engine homepage using an intuitive drag-n-drop interface.  —  Unlike Google Custom Search engine …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Launches Response to Google Co-op
Discussion: TechCrunch
Intel:
Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go  —  Intel® Centrino® Pro Gives IT Managers Wireless Management and Security Capabilities  —  Under a new brand called Intel® Centrino® Pro processor technology, Intel Corporation today announced it will extend its innovative and popular features designed …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel plans Centrino Pro for business notebooks
Discussion: Gadgetell
Thomas Fuller / International Herald Tribune:
Web crackdown blocks YouTube in Thailand  —  BANGKOK: The military-appointed government of Thailand has blocked access to YouTube and several other Internet sites in a crackdown on material seen as denigrating the country's monarch, officials said Wednesday.
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Nopporn Wong-Anan / Reuters:
Thailand blocks YouTube for clip mocking king
Knowledge@Wharton:
The Man Who Would Change Microsoft: Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software  —  Ray Ozzie has a long and storied history of technological innovation, with accomplishments that include creating Lotus Notes and founding Groove Networks.  But Ozzie may now be facing the most daunting challenge of his career …
Guardian:
Can the internet be truly neutral?  —  Net Neutrality is dividing opinion.  For some it is a cause worth fighting for, but others claim it's a red herring that's impeding progress.  Andrew Orlowski investigates  —  In a much celebrated remark, a senior Bush administration aide told journalist Ron Suskind …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble  —  Installing Microsoft's Tuesday patch for a "critical" Windows vulnerability is causing trouble for some users.  —  Microsoft broke with its monthly patch cycle Tuesday to repair a bug in the way Windows handles animated cursors.
Wall Street Journal:
Ask.Com's 'Revolt' Risks Costly Clicks  —  Web Users Feel Duped  —  In U.K. Campaign  —  LONDON — Internet-search site Ask.com has adopted a risky advertising strategy in Britain: highlighting the huge popularity of rival Google Inc.  —  The goal of the campaign is to convince consumers …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Clickety Clack
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Thunderbird 2.0 To Launch This Week - Interview with Scott MacGregor, Lead Engineer  —  By the end of this week, the Thunderbird 2.0 Release Candidate will be launched.  Thunderbird is Mozilla's open source desktop email client, similar to Microsoft Outlook in features.
Discussion: TechSpot News
Reginald Braithwaite / Raganwald:
Don't have a COW, man?  What Haskell teaches us about writing Enterprise-scale software  —  Berlin Brown asked: … Yes, I use what I read on programming.reddit.com in my day job.  That's one of the reasons I have this day job: it's part of what I do to sift through all of the cool stuff and find the things that are practical today.
Business Wire:
Monster Worldwide Comments on Expected First Quarter and Full Year 2007 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNST - News) said today that based on preliminary data available at this time, revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007 is expected …
Discussion: BARRONS.com
Gamasutra:
Llamas In Space: Catching Up with Llamasoft's Jeff Minter  —  Jeff Minter is an enduring testament to potential power of independent games.  He's been operating on his own terms for the last 25 years, and shows no sign of branching from his chosen path.  Ever an industry anomaly …
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
Nick Fone / FWi - All News:
Lely unveils new Voyager robotic fencer for automated grazing control  —  A robotic grazing control system for dairy cows has been developed by Lely.  —  The Dutch company already has Astronaut milking robots and Discovery robotic muck-scrapers in its armoury.  The Voyager is the latest machine to join this high-tech line-up.
Discussion: Engadget and The Raw Feed
 
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The 2008 candidates are running 'e-lection' campaigns
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon rolling out G-PON technology to boost FiOS speeds
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John Leyden / The Register:
WEP key wireless cracking made easy
Katie Allen / Guardian:
EMI releases its first album without copy protection
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Burt Helm / Business Week:
Taking the Pulse of Marketing
PR Newswire:
Blyk Outsources to NSN
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Gizmodo:
Addonics CompactFlash Adapters Replace Notebook Hard Drives
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Architect, StumbleUpon
David Haskin / Computerworld:
Don't Believe the Hype: The 21 Biggest Technology Flops
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hostway.com:
Hostway Acquires Affinity Internet
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