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4:30 PM ET, May 14, 2006

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
U.S. Says Microsoft Browser Is No Threat to Competition  —  The Justice Department, in a court filing, said yesterday that it found that the design of Microsoft's new Web browser did not pose a threat to competition in the lucrative new market for Internet search.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Feds clear Microsoft's browser  —  Despite Google's behind-the-scenes lobbying, the US Justice Department has formally okayed the design of the web-search feature built into the new version of Microsoft's still-dominant Internet Explorer browser, reports the New York Times this morning.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Feds add two years to Microsoft antitrust deal  —  update The Justice Department is seeking to extend the term of its landmark antitrust settlement with Microsoft by two years, blaming Microsoft's slowness in providing technical documentation to rivals.  —  In a statement released Friday …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista search seems fair, regulators say
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Myth, Reality & Future of Web 2.0  —  This week's hot meme has many of the thought leaders, investors and pundits doing a bit of hand wringing about the whole Web 2.0 thing.  Some have called for a sanity check, and others called it a bubblet.  —  The discussion flared up when Josh Kopelman …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The 53,651 Debate  —  I wanted to add a comment to the discussion about whether 10,000 or 25,000 or 53,651 are a significant number of users for a web service.  —  It depends on how you look at it.  Most bloggers would be very happy to have 10,000 readers, no matter how they got there.
mailonsunday.co.uk:
Fare comment!  —  He is the BBC's latest star - the cab driver who a leading presenter believed was a world expert on the internet music business.  —  The man stepped unwittingly into the national spotlight when he was interviewed by mistake on the corporation's News 24 channel.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
My Commencement Speech at SIMS  —  Yesterday, I was asked to give the commencement address for the UC Berkeley School of Information (often known as SIMS, for its old name, the School of Information Management and Systems).  —  I was happy to see that the three masters projects selected for special awards …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Kevin Kelly / New York Times:
Scan This Book!  —  In several dozen nondescript office buildings around the world, thousands of hourly workers bend over table-top scanners and haul dusty books into high-tech scanning booths.  They are assembling the universal library page by page.  —  The dream is an old one: to have in one place all knowledge, past and present.
Gtalkr / Everything Gtalkr:
Goodbye...  Thank you for your interest in Gtalkr.  Unfortunately, the Gtalkr instant messaging client is no longer available.  The Gtalkr website has been taken down while we pursue new projects as Google employees.  Thank you to everyone who tried out, regularly used, and supported Gtalkr.
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of GTalkr  —  GTalkr, a web-based GTalk client developed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gtalkr Shuts Down  —  I just got word that Denver-based Gtalkr shut …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Adam / BLADAM:
I've joined Google  —  A couple of months ago, I became a Googler.  Since my boss—Matt Cutts—has already so kindly introduced me on his blog, I feel this is probably a good time to say a few words about my new job  —  The short version: I'm honored, humbled, a bit nervous, and yes, very happy.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Better conversations  —  For months, a post by Tom Hespos and a related post has rolled around in my head.  In my mind, having a someone doing engineering communication (reading blogs, participating in forums, answering questions at conferences or online) has helped Google to get good feedback …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A browser just for Gmail  —  In a dual gesture of both kicking Mail.app to the curb and flexing the power of Xcode, Michael McCracken has built his own streamlined browser just for using Gmail.  Quirky browser behaviors and avoiding the distractions that come from multiple browser windows …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Hawk Wings
jkOnTheRun:
Sony viral marketing campaign hints at a new Sony U ultra-portable  —  Sony has borrowed a page from the Origami marketing campaign and has been running a teaser video for the past few days.  They are adding a little bit of information each day and it has certain segments all a-twitter …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Back Up Your Blog  —  BackupMyBlog is a new service (in public beta) that will automatically back up blogs daily (I love the heavy use of green in the design).  This is a much needed tool.  Wordpress, which is what we use for all of the TechCrunch blogs, has this feature built in …
Google Blogoscoped:
Why We Trust Google (German Audio)  —  A German podcast discusses the question, why do we trust Google more than Microsoft?  (Vier Nasen tanken Super is a new German podcast show by Mario Sixtus, Heiko Hebig, Nico Lumma and Sebastian Keil.)  —  Mario Sixtus argues people who believe in Google …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
A New RSS Feed Search Engine Emerges  —  RSS Micro is a new dedicated RSS feed search tool built with Ajax.  It's very straightforward, fast, easy to use and it searches both news feeds and blogs.  Also, best of all, it delivers good results.  —  RSS Micro has a couple of features that differentiate it from others.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging vs Traditional Media - This time its personal  —  A blog is media.  Its a platform to communicate that can reach anyone within reach of an internet connection.  Ive been writing this blog for more than 2 years and that time has allowed me to recognize the difference between a blog …
David Kirkpatrick / CNN:
The Net's not-so-secret economy of crime  —  The people who want to rip you off are very polite with each other when they're buying and selling credit card numbers.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Raze Software offers a product called CC2Bank 1.3, available in freeware form - if you like it, please pay for it.
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