This Week in Tech

Jun 25th 2006

This Week in Tech 59


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  • Robert like the traffic features of Windows Live Local
  • The first Blu-Ray players are now shipping.
  • PC World says that Samsung is planning a dual-format player for later this year.
  • Primera is shipping the first Blu-Ray duplication system.
  • Ten reasons why high-definition DVD formats have already failed.
  • According to Radio Sweeden, the White House ordered the Pirate Bay closure.
  • Harvard says that it has still not received the $115 million he pledged
  • Warren Buffet is going to give away 85% of his fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • There have been, this week alone, three Excel zero-day flaws. Here's the third.
  • Dan Rather may leave CBS for Mark Cuban's HDNet
  • The broadcast flag has snuck its way into a telecom bill by Senator Stevens.
  • The FCC approved taxes for VOiP.
  • You can make wireless USB devices, but can only sell them in the United States.
  • A coffee shop owner called 9-1-1 over a man who was using its free WiFi for months without buying a coffee. He was arrested, and then found to be a sex offender.
  • Australia is going to be giving every household free Internet filtering software.
  • Opera claims they got 6 million downloads of Opera 9 the first day of release.
  • XGL does for Linux what Quartz Extreme does for Mac OS X
  • The new TWiT website should be up in a few weeks alongside the Dell campaign.
  • Digg 3.0 is powerful and has several new features to keep track of your friends.
  • The new visualizing tools (Digg Spy on crack) will be released in July.
  • Digg will be adding more categories, not just technology.
  • 65% of Digg users use Firefox.
  • Kevin says that Netscape should have waited a bit longer for their new site in order to emulate Digg 3.0.
  • Digg 3.0 should be all ready by 6am PDT on Monday, June 26, 2006.
  • Kevin Rose was #23 in the "50 People Who Matter Now" list in Business 2.0 magazine.
  • Apple drops the price of Shake 4.1.
  • Netflix wants to move into the download business.