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5:55 AM ET, May 10, 2006

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Achronos / bungie.net:
Halo 3 Announced  —  Bungie Shocks World with Surprise Game Announcement  —  Bungie announces Halo 3, the third and final game in the Halo Trilogy.  Halo 3 will be released for Microsoft's Xbox 360 in 2007.  —  The game was revealed to the world at the Microsoft press conference at Grauman's Chinese Theater, in Hollywood, CA.
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Microsoft:
Bill Gates Declares 10 Million-Unit Head Start for Xbox 360 and Outlines Future of Interactive Entertainment  —  Surprise appearance by Microsoft company founder wows gamers with unified platform vision and first look at "Halo 3."  —  LOS ANGELES — May 9, 2006 —Microsoft Corp. Chairman …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget & Joystiq's live coverage of Microsoft's Xbox 360 E3 event  —  2:42 pm - Koolaid blood spills from corpses, buildings demolished, apocalypse.  The Gears of War trailer is the very first thing shown, and the applause is decent, but not deafening.  CliffyB onstage now, giving us a playable demo of Gears of War.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands on with the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive  —  Microsoft threw a little pool-side party today in downtown Hollywood after their press event let out.  We were naturally in attendance, and took a chance to fool around a bit with the Xbox 360's new peripherals — well, the ones they let us touch, anyway.
Discussion: Vecosys, I4U News and HD Beat
Microsoft:
Gamers Catch Their Breath as Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Reinvent Next-Generation Gaming
USA Today:
TiVo hooks up with Internet video and ad sales service  —  NEW YORK — The wall separating televisions from Internet video is about to lose a few more bricks.  —  TiVo will unveil Tuesday a deal that will enable about 400,000 subscribers who have their machines connected via broadband Internet access …
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Michael Kanellos / ZDNet:
TiVo links with Brightcove as PC-TV lines blur  —  TiVo has inked an agreement that will let subscribers get videos from Brightcove on their digital video recorders in a deal that effectively lets select Web sites get onto your TV.  —  Brightcove specializes in tools for publishing and distributing video on the Web.
Discussion: PVR Wire
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
TiVo Offers Subscriptions to Branded Content  —  Traditional TV viewing offers viewers no control over what ads they see.  When viewed using a system like TiVo's however, users gain control over whether to view ads at all.  TiVo's answer to frustrated advertisers is Product Watch …
Kareem Mayan / Kareem Mayan's Weblog:
MySpace Launches IM  —  I just got word from the MySpace IM product manager that I could post this to my blog.  —  MySpace has soft-launched its desktop instant message client.  —  It's a really simple, clean-looking implementation that feels very solid and exposes the right level of functionality up front.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
MySpace IM Client Launches Today!
Kathleen Pender / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google's April surprise for state  —  Big chunk of record tax receipts from insiders' stock sales  —  Internet giant Google's stock has soared since it went public almost two years ago — and that has created a windfall for state government coffers.  —  California took in a record $11.3 billion …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Squidoo: Seth Godin's Purple Albatross?  —  Seth Godin is an exceptional marketing consultant.  I've read all his books - my favorite is Purple Cow.  I routinely bring up his ideas when talking to companies about the best way to get media and early adopter attention: build an exceptional …
Susan / The 360:
Google and eBay in Ad Industry Shoot-Out  —  A consortium of some of the biggest advertisers in the United States has plans to move the ad industry out the era of the cattle exchange and into the internet age.  They're looking for someone to build an ADSDAQ — an online exchange similar …
Burt Helm / Business Week:
BitTorrent Goes Hollywood  —  Once the choice of movie pirates, BitTorrent will now help Warner Bros. sell its films and TV shows  —  If you can't beat 'em, get 'em to the negotiating table.  That's the sentiment behind the latest deal between movie studio Warner Brothers and BitTorrent …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
BitTorrent Snags Warner Brothers
Discussion: B2Day and SiliconBeat
Darren / Digital Photography School:
Should you buy a DSLR or Point and Shoot Digital Camera?  —  Phalinn, a reader of Digital Photography School asks: … Thanks for the question Phalinn - I'll attempt to keep my answer brief and not too technical.  This is a question that I'm regularly asked, increasingly so as the price …
Discussion: Lifehacker and DigiCamReview
Think Secret:
MacBook's release sees one week postponement  —  May 9, 2006 - Apple pulled its MacBook announcement, expected today, at the last minute due to supply issues related to the new laptop.  The MacBook is now slated to arrive next week.  —  Sources would not elaborate on the postponement beyond saying …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Toshiba rolls out HD DVD notebook  —  Toshiba is expected to unveil what it says is the first notebook with an HD DVD player Tuesday at the E3 game conference in Los Angeles.  —  The Qosmio G35-AV650 adds a new model to Toshiba's Qosmio family of notebooks, one that can play high-definition movies …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Tech Digest and HD Beat
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Mapping a path for the 3D Web  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—With the spread of online games, virtual worlds and services like Google Earth and MySpace.com, people may soon be spending more time, communicating more and shopping more in complex 3D Web environments.  —  That's why several dozen …
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Now Okay With Letting You Listen To Your CDs On Your iPod
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Treo 700p and BlackBerry 7130i to launch May 28th?
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The Gamer:
Hands-On Time With Wii From Nintendo
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Greg Howson / Guardian Unlimited:
PS3 conference letdown
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C-SPAN Statement Regarding Colbert Video
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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