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7:30 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.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ: Relaunch Mixes Ads and Organic Results
Discussion: Lifehacker and Screenwerk
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
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! …
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.
SONY UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST BLU-RAY NOTEBOOK COMPUTER  —  New VAIO PC Offers the Ultimate in High-Definition  —  SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony today took the wraps off the world's first Blu-ray Disc enabled notebook computer— the VAIO® AR which will be available this summer.
Discussion: and Engadget
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 …
Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation  —  "Connecting People, Process and Information"  —  SharePoint Conference 2006  —  Bellevue, Washington  —  ANNOUNCER: Please welcome Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates.
Discussion: Ed Brill
Gates Showcases the Heartbeat of Information Management …
Discussion: and Microsoft News Tracker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Notebook Launches: Ho-Hum  —  You no longer need to see the pre-release screenshots: Google Notebook is now live at  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, Google Notebook is a direct competitor.  You can bookmark content (a web page or a piece …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Notebook login page found
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
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.
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Qwest Goes From the Goat to the Hero  —  FEW customers are given to gushing about their phone companies, but before last week's report that Qwest Communications was apparently the lone holdout among the Big Four telecommunications companies secretly supplying the National Security Agency …
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 …
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
SPRINT UNVEIL TREO 700P PRICING PLANS  —  Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced plans to be the first carrier to offer the Sprint Power VisionSM Smart Device TreoTM 700P by Palm - the latest PDA/Phone combo to deliver broadband-like download speeds of Sprint Mobile Broadband Services operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network(1).
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Baseball Is a Game of Numbers, but Whose Numbers Are They?  —  Like no other corner of American popular culture, baseball communicates in numbers.  From .406 (Ted Williams's 1941 batting average) to 755 (Hank Aaron's record home run total) to countless digits bandied about water coolers every morning …
Discussion: Techdirt and
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John Graham-Cumming:
There's one born every minute: spam and phishing
Discussion: Boing Boing
David Carr / New York Times:
Building a Brand With a Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Softbank denies iPhone rumors, kind of
Discussion: Gearlog and 21talks
Robert Sinke /
Vosonic VP8360  —  Aha... another Vosonic multimedia image tank thing.
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and Engadget
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
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Jeremy Baines' Vision of TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Khaled / Broken Kode:
Shuttle Launched