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12:35 PM ET, May 4, 2006


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PR Newswire:
Seventh Annual MSN Strategic Account Summit Celebrates Advertisers' Role in Microsoft Media Network Vision  —  CEO Steve Ballmer Announces the Launch of Microsoft adCenter in the U.S.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — At the seventh annual MSN® Strategic Account Summit …
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
MSN adCenter Officially Launches & Changes Name to Microsoft adCenter  —  While MSN adCenter has been in pilot mode since mid-October, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is announcing the official launch of adCenter at Thursday's MSN Strategic Account Summit... as well as the new name change to Microsoft adCenter.
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft takes plunge with AdCenter  —  REDMOND, Wash.—A year after first announcing plans for a homegrown ad engine, Microsoft is now using the tool for all its U.S.-based search queries.  —  Microsoft is banking on AdCenter as the lynchpin of its efforts to increase advertising as a source of revenue across the company.
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates: Microsoft will keep Google honest  —  REDMOND, Wash.—While Google has grabbed an early lead in search and Internet advertising, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates pledged on Wednesday that his company would "keep them honest."  —  Speaking to a crowd of MSN's largest advertisers …
Jessie Seyfer / Mercury News:
Skype putting town-hall idea on the Internet  —  NEW SERVICE LETS UP TO 100 HOLD AUDIO DISCUSSIONS  —  Internet phone-calling software maker Skype has created a way to transform blogs from soapboxes into live, town-hall meetings.  —  Starting today, people who have installed the free Skype software …
Kevin Maney:
Google Health: Probably coming next week  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's VP of search products and user experience, came to USA TODAY on Tuesday.  She mentioned that there would be a couple of big announcements next Wednesday at the annual Google Press Day — which I will attend, along with my colleague Jefferson Graham.
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS Set To Debut Broadband Channel  —  With the broadcast upfront presentations in less than two weeks, CBS is angling to hog the multiplatform spotlight early by launching their long-awaited broadband video player before the upfronts even start.  —  The network plans to debut …
Brenda Goodman / New York Times:
I Hear Ringing and There's No One There.  I Wonder Why.  —  SIX minutes 39 seconds into the Richard Thompson song "Calvary Cross," Mike Pelusi, a music reviewer in Philadelphia, will almost invariably check his cellphone.  —  Minka Wiltz, an actress in Atlanta, has tried to answer her phone …
FCC approves Net-wiretapping taxes  —  update WASHINGTON—Broadband providers and Internet phone companies will have to pick up the tab for the cost of building in mandatory wiretap access for police surveillance, federal regulators ruled Wednesday.  —  The Federal Communications Commission …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Philly Wi-Fi project passes final hurdle  —  Philadelphia's citywide Wi-Fi project overcame its final hurdle Wednesday, as a city council committee approved measures to allow the contractor for the project, EarthLink, to hang equipment from city-owned utility poles.
This September: Original Unaltered Trilogy on DVD  —  Fans can look forward to a September filled with classic Star Wars nostalgia, led by the premiere of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy video game and the long-awaited DVD release of the original theatrical incarnations of the classic Star Wars trilogy.
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Business 2.0:
YouTube sees user rebellion  —  Recent changes in the website are turning longtime fans against the video service.  Plus: French abandon attack on iTunes.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Hypergrowth comes with hyper-growing pains — just ask YouTube.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Google PC back on the front burner?  —  People have pondered the possibility of Google coming out with a home-PC-like device for months.  The rumors first surfaced last year when John Kish, CEO of thin-client maker Wyse, said his company was talking with Google.
Discussion: GOOG, and Googling Google
Washington Post:
McNealy Discusses "Network Neutrality"  —  Following are excerpts from Washington Post Staff Writer Arshad Mohammed's interview with Sun Microsystems Inc. Chairman Scott G. McNealy on Tuesday.  —  McNealy, who last week announced his decision to give up the title of chief executive …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
OnHollywood: The Suits Are Clueful  —  Link: I have to admit that I came to AlwaysOn OnHollywood with trepidation, but I can put aside my worst fears: the representatives of the big media companies on JD Lasica's panel this morning really get it.  —  I think it was Ted Cohen of EMI that stated …
Lisa Goldman / Morph-The Media Center conversation:
Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters: Where Does Trust Fit In?  —  Originally uploaded by We Media London.  —  Tom Glocer, CEO of Reuters talks during the session "Big Idea 4: The Democratization of Media - Where does trust fit in?" at Day 2 of the We Media Global Forum.  Photo by Paul Hackett, Reuters
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Kotaku, the Gamer's Guide:
U.S. DS Lite Price and Date Announced  —  Nintendo today launched a thousand smiles when they finally confirmed that the DS Lite, svelte brother to the bulky, yet handsome DS, will indeed be coming to the States.  —  The DS Lite will officially go on sale here on June 11 for a mere $130.
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