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8:15 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:
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
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.
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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Steelieboy / F**kedGoogle:   Google insider selling so massive it makes the Drudge Report:
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 …
Frank Barnako / Barnako.com:
Warner's wrong-way bet on BitTorrent  —  Warner Bros. plans to begin using BitTorrent to distribute movies and TV shows over the Internet this summer.  BitTorrent will provide the first peer-assisted technology platform to offer U.S. consumers legal content on both a video-on-demand (VOD) …
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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
c-span.org:
C-SPAN Statement Regarding Colbert Video  —  Since shortly after the event, C-SPAN made its coverage of Stephen Colbert's performance, along with President Bush's presentation and the entire White House Correspondents' Dinner, available for viewing free via its Web site www.c-span.org …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and paidContent.org
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Amy Gahran / Poynter Online:   Where Is That Stephen Colbert Video Now?
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 …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
What's up at eHarmony?  Appoints third CEO this year.  —  eHarmony, the private Pasadena company that seeks to hook up couples, has appointed its founding investor, Greg Waldorf, as interim chief executive officer.  —  He's the third CEO this year.  The company announced Waldorf's appointment …
Discussion: Techdirt
The Gamer:
Hands-On Time With Wii From Nintendo  —  The Nintendo press event should just be ending, which means I can now tell you about the hands-on preview of Nintendo's new Wii console that I received on Sunday afternoon.  —  The quick verdict is that the Wii's new "gyroscopic'' controller appears to work surprisingly well.
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Gizmodo UK
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sirius announces sleek new Sportster4 radio
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Rocketalk Rocks!  New Application Lets You Send Instant Voice Messages
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Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
One Small Step...  Building serious new networking equipment is a bit like a moon-shot.
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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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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