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5:40 PM ET, May 12, 2006

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Josh / Redeye VC:
53,651  —  One of the few benefits to being a technology investor based outside of Silicon Valley is that I don't spend all my time in the valley.  While I'm out in California every few weeks, I get to spend most of my time in the "real world."  —  Over the last several weeks …
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Feld Thoughts:
Web 2.0: The First 25,000 Users Are Irrelevant  —  For the past few months, whenever I talk to someone about a Web 2.0 application and hear that they already have "10,000 users", I've been telling that them the first 25,000 users are irrelevant.  —  Josh Kopelman has a perfect post up today called 53,651.
Jfriend / Joe Friend:
BLOGGING FROM WORD 2007  —  Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right?  Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too).  So, why not use Word to write your blog posts?  —  Stop, don't jump to the end of this post to push the comment button yet.  I'm not an idiot.
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Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
James Moore / Jim Moore's Journal:
Share OPML, View OPML  —  Viewing lists of sites, blogs, podcasts and other rss sources is a powerful way to learn of new sources, to explore new realms of sources, and to engage new people and points of view.  Viewing lists is a terrific way to discover!  —  For example, check out the Open Irish Directory!
Ouriel Ohayon / MYBLOG by Ouriel:
TechCrunch new look  —  Mike just informed that TechCrunch has got a new look.  Clearer, simpler, easier to read.  It is online from now in the US version and will come soon to the french one.  —  here you can compare the old and new design (thanks orli)  —  I would love to hear what you think. here's a short poll
Discussion: Business Logs
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
New TechCrunch Site Launched
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dissecting Windows Live PR with Data  —  I am still totally hooked on Google Trends.  I am bullish for its use in PR.  In fact, so much so that I may do a series of posts on it.  Why am I so ga-ga?  Because Google Trends is an invaluable tool for building, tracking, selling and measuring …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
French Digital Music Copyright Bill Advances  —  PARIS, May 11 — Resisting pressure from business, French lawmakers have moved the country a step closer to a copyright law that would have wide-ranging effects on those selling or listening to digital music.  —  The Senate passed the bill …
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treo 700p News Ahead Of Schedule...  It's funny how every time a new Treo smartphones is just about to be released there is at least one news organisation which prints the news 'by accident' a few days ahead of time...  For the forthcoming Treo 700p the award goes to TechWorld which yesterday posted …
Discussion: Gadgets on the Go and PalmAddicts
LAPD Blog:
Chief William J. Bratton's Welcome Message  —  Welcome to the LAPD Blog.  Our online journal is an interactive tool that we use to deliver real-time, unfiltered information.  We invite you to take a look inside the Department to learn more about the men and women in blue who have sworn to protect and to serve you.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: Google wants special treatment in IE  —  update SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Google seems to want special treatment on Internet Explorer, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  His remarks centered on the default search engine in the Web browser.  Right now, when people update …
Reto / The Radioactive Yak:
Cricket Subscription Links and Google Coop: A How and Why Guide  —  The Short Version  —  Cricket ground details and fixtures in a Google onebox, now available via my Google Coop subscription links.  —  The Long Version (Including the 'How' and 'Why')  —  Google had a big day Wednesday …
Search Engine / siteadvisor.com:
The Safety of Internet Search Engines … Key Findings  — All the major search engines returned risky sites in their search results for popular keywords.  — Overall, MSN search results had the lowest percentage (3.9%) of dangerous sites while Ask search results had the highest percentage (6.1%).
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Gmail Pictures : More Google Community Building  —  Gmail Pictures : More Google Community Building  —  Google is adding even more personality and "social network" traits to its interactive offerings (yes, even beyond Google Notebook & Co-op) with Gmail Pictures.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Google Notebook - who should be worried?  —  Google Press Day 2006 has come and gone and, having had a day to think about the announcements made at the event and to read some commentary, it occurs to me that the most interesting announcement just might be Google Notebook.  Why?  Two reasons actually.
Tara Connell / gannett.com:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Gannett acquires Planet Discover  —  Firm's technology powers Web sites' local search  —  McLEAN, VA - Gannett today acquired Planet Discover, a provider of local, integrated online search and advertising technology.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Robot Phone Sees, Recognizes Objects  —  Imagine using your go-with-you everywhere camera phone to robotically recognize products on sight, and have it automatically collect and report prices, reviews and more for those products on its screen.  —  That's the concept behind Bandai Networks …
Paul / rogueamoeba.com:
Hell Froze Over.  Again.  —  We here at Rogue Amoeba are happy and more than a little frightened to be unveiling the Airfoil for Windows Public Beta, available for download right now.  —  Introducing Airfoil For Windows  —  If you're not familiar with Airfoil, it enables any audio …
AppleInsider:
News Flash: Apple to hold press briefing next Thursday  —  Apple Computer next week will hold a special briefing in New York City for analysts and members of the media ahead of the launch of its latest flagship retail store, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The event is scheduled for Thursday …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
 
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Lawsuit seeks to block Google settlement
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Radio 1's One Big Second Life Weekend
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