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Chairman Julius Genachowski / OpenInternet.gov:
Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity  —  “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity”  —  Prepared Remarks of  —  The Brookings Institution, Washington DC
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Republicans Move to Block Network Neutrality  —  Senate Republicans react quickly to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to expand the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality authority.  Working on an unrelated appropriations bill, Republican senators push an amendment …
Discussion: GigaOM
David L. Cohen / Comcast Voices:
Does the Internet Need More Regulation?  FCC to Decide  —  Today, the Chairman of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, announced that he will ask the FCC to adopt new regulations on the way that companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Hughes Satellite, and thousands of others provide Internet services to consumers.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon, AT&T: Net neutrality not OK for wireless  —  The wireless industry is gearing up to fight new Net neutrality rules that the Federal Communications Commission is formulating to keep the Internet open.  —  On Monday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a speech at the Brookings Institute …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Outlines Its Net Neutrality Proposal  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, today outlined a framework aimed at ensuring that both wireline and wireless carriers don't discriminate against traffic traversing their networks based on the type of traffic or the application.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest  —  Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  —  The company's challenge, begun in October 2006, was both geeky and formidable …
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Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Winning Netflix Team Draws From AT&T, Yahoo
Discussion: Associated Press
Matt Cutts / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Google does not use the keywords meta tag in web ranking  —  Recently we received some questions about how Google uses (or more accurately, doesn't use) the “keywords” meta tag in ranking web search results.  Suppose you have two website owners, Alice and Bob.  Alice runs a company called AliceCo and Bob runs BobCo.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Adds Zimbra to the Garage Sale as It Tries to Shed What Isn't “You!”  —  According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been shopping around Zimbra, the open-source email company it bought in late 2007 for $350 million.  —  Zimbra is only one of the many assets of Yahoo (YHOO) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
EU releases dirty details of evidence against Intel in antitrust case  —  The European Union's antitrust division released a public version of its May antitrust ruling against Intel, detailing for the first time the evidence that led to a record $1.45 billion fine.
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Sharon Nguyen / MySpace Blog:
MySpace Syncs with Twitter  —  Today we're beginning the global beta rollout of a new functionality on MySpace that empowers our users to sync their MySpace status updates with their Twitter feed.  Any U.S. user can opt-in to sync their status so that any update created on MySpace will appear …
content.dell.com:
Dell to Acquire Perot Systems for $3.9 Billion, Creating Comprehensive, Customer-Focused IT-Solutions Company  —  Dell and Perot Systems have entered a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Perot Systems in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
3G MicroCells: AT&T Wants You to Pay Extra to Fix Their Own Failures  —  AT&T's network is basically a huge failure.  And if you want to fix their incompetence in your area, you'll need to pay an additional $20 a month for a 3G MicroCell.  I call bulls**t.  —  Danny touched on this earlier, but the logic here is blowing my mind.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, MacRumors and Engadget
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
AT&T's 3G MicroCell does unlimited calling, but it ain't cheap
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Partner With Nielsen  —  Facebook Inc. plans to announce a deal with online measurement company Nielsen Co., in a step to address advertisers' frustration with measuring how their ads perform on the social network.  —  Under the partnership, terms of which aren't expected to be disclosed …
Maya Baratz / The Huffington Post:
Women in Tech: The Silicon Ceiling  —  When I first I attended the Webby Awards in 2001, I noticed an anthropological paradox: The line to the ladies' room was nonexistent, the men's, long.  —  Where were all the women?  Surely they existed in the then-budding Internet industry (I did!).
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Gay men ‘can be identified by their Facebook friends’  —  Homosexual men can be identified just by looking at their Facebook friends, according to unpublished research by two students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  —  The study found that it was possible to predict men's sexual orientation …
Discussion: Fast Company and Gawker
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Russian Billionaire Installs Anti-Photo Shield on Giant Yacht  —  Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has a rather curious new addition built in to his latest oversized yacht.  The 557-foot boat Eclipse, the price tag of which has almost doubled since original plans were drawn to almost $1.2 billion …
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
Tech companies getting rich quick  —  Dell and Adobe paid sweet premiums for Perot and Omniture.  And more big tech mergers are likely as Microsoft, Cisco and Google all sit on massive piles of cash.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Technology stocks have outperformed the broader market during …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Apple Seeking More Info From iPhone 3.1 Users Reporting Poor Battery Life  —  An undisclosed number of users who have posted on Apple's discussion boards about poor battery life following the iPhone 3.1 software update are being contacted by AppleCare helpdesk with a hefty list of 11 follow-up questions.
Adam Penenberg / Fast Company:
Exclusive Interview: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the Value of Viral Loops  —  This interview was conducted during research for my book, Viral Loop.  You can read an excerpt here at Fast Company, or find out what your friends are really worth by installing the Viral Loop widget.
Discussion: Inc.com, Thanks:albertonardelli
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Netgear offers a networked hard drive for the masses, with a caveat  —  The tech industry is gradually persuading Americans to set up home networks, but it's had a tougher time selling consumers on the idea of storing all their data on a single device within their homes.
Discussion: Engadget and Softpedia News
Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Square Enix head predicts new Wii in 2011, says motion ‘impact’ for Xbox, PlayStation will be ‘small’  —  The new motion controllers for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are likely to make big appearances at this year's Tokyo Game Show.  While both Microsoft and Sony are attempting to take away …
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Foursquare Beats Twitter to Local Advertising Goldmine  —  Foursquare is the mobile social game that you play by checking in at various locales while out and about.  —  The location-based application has managed to strip the fat out of other location-aware mobile ideas …
Discussion: The Web Life, All Shook Down and A VC, Thanks:atul
Reuters:
Yahoo seeking up to $500 million for small business unit  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) hopes to get up to $500 million for a unit that hosts websites for small companies, after putting it on the market for several months, two people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Thanks:atul
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx coming next year  —  The folks at Canonical are putting the final touches on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala which should be available next month.  But in one of the first steps toward looking even further ahead, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the alliterative codename …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
First USB 3.0 product gets certified, floodgates get closer to breaking  —  You heard it here first, folks: SuperSpeed USB is a reality.  After waiting around for what feels like ages, USB 3.0 can now say it has its first certified product in NEC's xHCI host controller.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Pulse2
 
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Adam Blenford / BBC:
Bold Rwanda takes broadband leap
Discussion: Techgeist
Mathew Ingram / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Q+A: Omniture CEO Josh James After Adobe
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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Erin Barker / Contentinople:
News Corp.'s Miller: MySpace Fell Behind
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google's Schmidt: Independent Yahoo Still Important To Competition
Thanks:atul
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AOL: More Org Chart Shuffles Coming; So Are Ad Dollars.  But Mum on Microsoft.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome Is a Lock for 10% Share, but How Much More?