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5:15 AM ET, May 16, 2006


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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
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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press: Blurs Lines Between Ads, Content  — Blurs the Lines Between Advertising and Listings Retrieved by Objective Formulas  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Internet search engine is hoping to expand its sparse audience by making Web surfing more like channel surfing on a TV …
Pamela Parker / ClickZ: Relaunch Mixes Ads and Organic Results
Discussion: Lifehacker and Screenwerk
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 …
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.
James Kim / CNET
Ten reasons to love WMP 11 … Wednesday, Microsoft will launch the beta version of Windows Media Player 11 for XP (WMP 11), which includes the embedded Urge music service from MTV Networks.  Additionally, iRiver today launched an updated version of the U10, called the Clix …
Michael Gartenberg:
First look at URGE and WMP 11
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows Media Player 11 Leaked
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld Tech Watch
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.
Discussion: 21talks
Exclusive: New Yahoo! homepage  —  The world's most visited webpage,, has just had a major re-design (available for now at and Read/WriteWeb has the inside story.  As well as the first in-depth look at the new, I have for you an exclusive podcast interview with Yahoo! …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
France Debates Downloads, With Teenager as Top Expert  —  PARIS — In the current debate over laws governing music downloads here, some condemn Aziz Ridouan as an advocate of criminal piracy, while others say he represents the new generation of online consumers.
Supreme Court backs eBay on injunction issue  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to patent-reform advocates Monday, ruling that a small company whose patent was infringed by eBay Inc. was not automatically entitled to a court order blocking the offending service.
Guy J Kewney /
That "Guy" - he really is a Guy, and not a cab driver, either!  —  OK, reset everything you've heard about my appearance on the BBC: they've found the "taxi driver" and (as I have constantly tried to explain to everybody) he isn't a taxi driver.  —  His name is Guy Goma …
SONY DELIVERS WORLD'S FIRST FULL-FUNCTION POCKET-SIZED PC  —  New VAIO UX Model Combines Micro-Portable Design with Smooth Functionality  —  SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony Electronics today introduced the VAIO® UX Micro PC, placing full-size computer performance in a pocket-sized package.
Discussion: Engadget and
Gates Showcases the Heartbeat of Information Management: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007  —  First Global SharePoint Conference convenes today amid news of robust partner support for platform.  —  BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 15, 2006 — Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates kicked off …
Discussion: and Microsoft News Tracker
John Graham-Cumming:
There's one born every minute: spam and phishing  —  It's been a little while since I launched where people perform a spam filtering task and their results are compared against best of breed spam filters.  I set out to make sure that the spam filters were doing a good job …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Doppelganger, A New Online Ad Model?
Discussion: Perceptric Forum and VTOR
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Softbank denies iPhone rumors, kind of
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Robert Sinke /
Vosonic VP8360  —  Aha... another Vosonic multimedia image tank thing.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Engadget
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
But they'll make it up in volume  —  Tim Bray on JavaOne talk:
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Jeremy Baines' Vision of TechCrunch
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Where's the Xbox 360 HDMI cable?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Comments Please  —  I hope soon to begin implementing a comment system for ongoing.
Discussion: Sam Ruby
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Blockbuster Leaks TiVo Partnership
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadgetell
Mark Golden / Wall Street Journal:
Out the Window  —  Are Linux operating systems as easy as promised?
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Oh, Uncle Ed, not the story about the clogged pipes and the brave plumber again
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Planet Discover Acquisition a Potential 'Turning Point' for Newspapers
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
Discussion: Gearlog and Phone Scoop
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Introducing tabblo
Qwest to Acquire OnFiber Communications, Inc.
Khaled / Broken Kode:
Shuttle Launched