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9:10 PM ET, May 15, 2006

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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkypeOut...Is It Really Free?  —  At first blush, the big Skype announcement that it will be allow free calls to everyone in US and Canada is having a desired effect: one of glee and joy.  —  Someone did come-up with a nifty stunt to bring the focus back on Skype.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
New search engine's ads pay-per-action  —  PAY-PER-CLICK INVENTOR HAS HIGH HOPES FOR NEW MODEL  —  Bill Gross, the entrepreneur who first showed Google how to spin cyberspace searches into real-world gold, hopes his new search engine will teach Silicon Valley a new lesson in Internet advertising.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SNAP RETHINKS SEARCH  —  As I've pointed out many times, Bill Gross, the man behind Snap (and Goto/Overture and about 25 other search related companies) is not one to take lightly.  When Snap launched, I watched closely, and while many of its features were admirable (the transparency …
Discussion: Techdirt, B2Day and SearchViews
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Snap.com Relaunch Mixes Ads and Organic Results  —  The Snap.com search engine is expected to relaunch today with a variety of user interface changes — chief among them a page preview and the interspersing of sponsored results with organic listings.  —  The left side of the search results …
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
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
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?
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PR Newswire:
Internet Regulator Unanimously Approves Innovative .Tel Domain  —  LONDON, May 15 /PRNewswire/ — ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) unanimously approved the creation of the new .Tel Top Level Domain (TLD) and awarded the contract to Telnic Limited.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Introducing tabblo  —  Well it wouldn't be a Monday if there weren't yet another Flickr clone coming out for public purview and, well it's Monday.  —  The latest venture is a site called tabblo and it seems to hold a bit of promise. tabblo works like flickr or most of the other photo sharing site …
Discussion: Changing Way and Darwinian Web
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mailonsunday.co.uk:
The BBC's latest star - a baffled cabbie
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
PALM ADDICT INTERVIEWS MICHELLE WHITE FROM PALM  —  Michelle, you are Palm Inc.'s Director of Wireless Product Marketing.  What was your personal involvement with the development of the Treo 700p?  —  MW: My role for the development of the Treo 700p smartphone was two fold.
Discussion: Gearlog and Phone Scoop
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Blockbuster Leaks TiVo Partnership  —  As I originally reported, TiVo and Blockbuster has had a partnership in the works.  TiVo inadvertently revealed the deal first, and Blockbuster just returned the favor... They've prematurely published the TiVo Blockbuster promotion web page.  Oops!
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Mark Golden / Wall Street Journal:
Out the Window  —  Are Linux operating systems as easy as promised?  We test them out.  —  Can the ordinary computer user ditch Windows for Linux?  —  The question came up when I decided that my six-year-old version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system had to be replaced.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
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.
Alex Halperin / Business Week:
A Virtual World Targets Teens  —  Startup Doppelganger has a business model meant to keep out inappropriate material but keep the cash flowing in  —  In the beginning there was a nightclub.  On May 15 a San Francisco startup, Doppelganger, is launching the PCD Music Lounge, a spot where teenagers can dance, hang out, and look cool.
 
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William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Section 115 Amendment  —  Tomorrow the U.S. House of Representatives …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Australia Decides It's Okay For You To Copy Your CDs To Your iPod
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At an Industry Media Lab, Close Views of Multitasking
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The phone of the future: wired to run your life
 

 
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