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1:00 PM ET, May 15, 2006


 Top Items:
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Answers Creeping Into Search Results
Discussion: Screenwerk
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
Sony to intro Blu-ray notebook in July
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Treo 700p announced  —  Yep, we were expecting it any day now (well, today actually) — now here it is.  Looks like Sprint was definitely more the leaky ship on Palm Treo 700p's impending launch, being that we only caught wind of Verizon's version a few times, but it looks …
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.
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.)
Discussion: Teal Sunglasses
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Section 115 Amendment  —  Tomorrow the U.S. House of Representatives IP subcommittee will hold a hearing on a draft bill to amend Section 115.  Here is a short sectional analysis and here is the draft bill.  Kudos to chair Lamar Smith and subcommittee counsel Joe Keeley for having such an open process.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR done badly  —  It's amazing how many product pitches I've received in the past few days.  Even in phone calls.  Do they not read my blog?  Do they have no clue what's happened in my life in the past five days?  —  Apparently not.  —  I'm sad I'm not going to Syndicate.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllofMP3 Down - For Good?  —  The extremely popular, quasi-legal AllofMP3 site went down over the weekend and is not yet back up.  The site currently says "We are sorry but the server is closed for maintainance."  —  We've written about AllofMP3 a number of times, including a review …
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
You Always Bet the Company  —  Fred Wilson blogged about "betting the company."  Great post but, I think, he was only two-thirds right.  —  " a venture stage business," says Fred, "you should be betting the company every day."  Certainly right.  —  Fred also says "I think this is why many …
Matt Marshall / Mercury News:
Q&A with Peter Thiel: Where will Web 2.0 take Silicon Valley?  —  Peter Thiel, former chief executive of PayPal, runs a Menlo Park hedge fund, Clarium Capital.  Last year, he joined with two other PayPal co-founders to launch a San Francisco venture capital fund called the Founders Fund.
Discussion: Valleywag and Read/WriteWeb
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Mike / Techdirt:
Australia Decides It's Okay For You To Copy Your CDs To Your iPod
Discussion: Engadget and The Age
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The Google URL  —  Just saw something surprising on a Pontiac …
Discussion: Blogspotting
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
With record company, SF's Doppelganger creates virtual hang-out for teens
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Digital Media Brings Profits (and Tensions) to TV Studios
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Cbeard / Mozilla Developer News:
Bon Echo Alpha 2 Milestone
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
What Press Pass? At E3, a Convergence of Card-Carrying Bloggers
Paul Miller / Engadget:
New Oracom UB-890 DAP
More Sony UX pics
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Movielink and CinemaNow: Hardly Worth the Effort
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Can TV's and PC's Live Together Happily Ever After?
Discussion: Media SITREP and IP Democracy
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
No Neutral Ground in Net Debate