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9:30 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 …
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.
Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007
Discussion: and
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ANOTHER HITWISE: MYSPACE SENDS 8.2% OF TRAFFIC TO GOOGLE, IMPLICATIONS  —  Wow.  I love infoporn.  I have a hunch that Mr. Murdoch is thinking hard about this graph: … There are a lot of other insights in the piece.  I've had MySpace again on my mind after talking Weds with Jon Miller, CEO of AOL.
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
Mike / CrunchNotes:
New TechCrunch Site Launched
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Nik Cubrilovic
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!
Paul /
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Jackass of the Week: Rob Glaser  —  I'm never quite sure what to make of Rob Glaser, CEO of Real Networks.  As his company's digital media technologies fall further behind Apple's and Microsoft's (at least in terms of popularity), he frequently pipes up in the press with ridiculous statements …
Charles Ar / Guardian Unlimited:
Kate Bulkley interviews Rob Glaser of Real Networks: the unabridged version
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.
Search Engine /
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%).
Janet Whitman / New York Post:
YAHOO! BOO-BOO: SEMEL PASSED ON GOOGLE  —  May 12, 2006 — Acquiring Google for $3 billion seems like an impossible bargain today, but back in 2001 Yahoo! boss Terry Semel shied away from doing just that deal.  —  Semel, the former movie mogul who runs Yahoo!, met with Google's two young founders …
Rob Bushway /
The best features from Tablet PCs I've used  —  Having used quite a few tablet pcs the past several years, I've come to appreciate the finer things about each of them.  I thought I'd compile that list for your enjoyment.  These are all subjective.  —  Best pen - The eraser pen for the HP TC1100.
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.
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
A low point  —  The XXX decision on Wednesday by ICANN's board, which voted 9-5 to reject the XXX contract, represents a low point for ICANN.  I am a member of ICANN's board, and I voted in favor of the agreement.  —  Here is the statement I made in connection with the vote on Wednesday afternoon:
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 …
Arn / Mac Rumors:
Apple and Softbank to develop Cell Phone iPods?  [Updatedx2]  —  Readers report that CNBC has mentioned a report by Nikkei Net Interactive that Apple and Softbank are developing an iPod/Cell Phone:  —  Softbank Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. plan to jointly develop cellular phone handsets …
Tara Connell /
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.
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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