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2:20 PM ET, May 15, 2006

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mailonsunday.co.uk:
The BBC's latest star - a baffled cabbie  —  A computer expert has described his astonishment at seeing the BBC's 24-hour news channel interview a taxi driver - in the mistaken belief it was him.  —  Guy Kewney - a white, bearded technology expert - was astonished to see himself appear …
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Guy J Kewney / newswireless.net:
That BBC video: the cab driver who edits Newswireless and lectures on iPods...  Believe me, I have spent some effort trying to get the video of "Guy Kewney" the cab driver [left] lecturing on the BBC's news 24.  Until today, the closest I could get, was to listen to the audio only …
onfiber.com:
Qwest to Acquire OnFiber Communications, Inc.  —  DENVER, May 15, 2006 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that it will acquire privately held OnFiber Communications, Inc., an Austin-based provider of custom-built and managed metropolitan Ethernet and wide-area network solutions.
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Joe / Techdirt:
Qwest Goes From Qworst To Qbest By Standing Up To NSA  —  One of the interesting items to emerge from the growing NSA data-monitoring scandal is that the telecoms weren't compelled to go along with the government and that one company, Qwest, refused to participate.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Qwest Buys OnFiber
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Is Web 2.0 a bubble?  —  That's really what we've been debating the last few days.  —  Are we onto something here, are the ideas behind Web 2.0 real, powerful, going somewhere, or is this another bubble like the one that grew in the 90s and then popped in Y2K?  —  I think the answer to both is Yes.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Outside the 53,651 bubble  —  I've been thinking about the 53,651 people who read TechCrunch.  What, you missed that whole meme that passed through the tech blogs this past week?  —  Rick Segal wrote about the meme and said it's the paying customers that matter.
Jaanus / Skype Blogs:
Free calls to all landlines and mobile phones within the US and Canada  —  We just announced that SkypeOut is now free within the US and Canada to all landlines and mobiles, until at least the end of 2006.  —  How does this work?  —  If you're in the US or Canada, you can use SkypeOut …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SkypeOut Now Free in U.S. and Canada
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo! Answers: 10 million strong and growing  —  At around 5:30 am on Sunday, May 7th, almost precisely five months since we launched, a user posted the 10 millionth answer on the service.  This is a big day for us, and we've decided to celebrate by coming out of beta …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Answers Creeping Into Search Results
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
High-Definition Video Could Choke Internet  —  NEW YORK - Every day, it seems, a new service pops up offering to send you video over the Internet.  "Desperate Housewives," Stephen Colbert heckling the president, clips of bad dancers at wedding parties: It's all there.  —  You may be up for it, but is the Internet?
Jessica Mintz / Wall Street Journal:
Me, Me, Me  —  The personalized newspaper was dreamed up two decades ago.  We're getting closer and closer.  —  The Web has made accessing far-flung news outlets, from tiny local papers to major foreign presses and every Web log and magazine in between, as simple as a couple of mouse clicks.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Daily Me  —  The Wall Street Journal spotlights a whole …
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Tricia Duryee / Seattle Times:
The phone of the future: wired to run your life  —  ESPOO, Finland — Harry Santamäki vows to take a sip of cod liver oil from the bottle on his desk if he ever utters the word phone.  —  That's odd, considering Santamäki works at Nokia, the largest mobile phone maker in the world.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Long Tail evidence from Safari and Google Book Search  —  Last fall, I came to the defense of Google against lawsuits by the Author's Guild and Association of American Publishers, arguing that Google Book Search would help readers to rediscover works that were no longer commercially available.
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Amex Digital MPC-505 worlds 1st Blu-Ray HTPC A/V Center Computer  —  From Hong Kong based Amex Digital comes the MPC-505 which is the world first Blu-Ray Home Theatre PC A/V Center computer.  The MPC-505 is Intel Viiv enabled which further enhances your multimedia experience.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Inquirer:
Sony to intro Blu-ray notebook in July
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Snap.com Blurs Lines Between Ads, Content  —  Snap.com Blurs the Lines Between Advertising and Listings Retrieved by Objective Formulas  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Internet search engine Snap.com is hoping to expand its sparse audience by making Web surfing more like channel surfing on a TV …
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
At an Industry Media Lab, Close Views of Multitasking  —  LOS ANGELES, May 14 — In a sleek media lab hidden in a Los Angeles high-rise, some of the country's biggest media companies and their prominent clients are seeking to understand the state of the divided American attention span.
Shiny Media / Tech Digest:
Nimzy Vibro Blaster turns flat surface into speaker  —  Described as no bigger than a tub of Vaseline (perhaps a little unfortunate for something that's called the Nimzy Vibro Blaster), this is the latest gadget for turning any flat surface - wood, plastic, glass etc. - into a loudspeaker.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Shiny Shiny
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
The Top Ten Lies of Corporate Partners  —  In a manner of speaking, I'm running out of lies to tell.  So far I've taken care of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, engineers, and marketers.  The target of this posting is "corporate partners."  (You might find a previous posting, "The Art of Partnering" interesting.)
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Australia Decides It's Okay For You To Copy Your CDs To Your iPod
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