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10:10 AM ET, May 16, 2006


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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! …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo!'s New Home Page and the Future of Information  —  A few weeks ago, on a sunny spring evening, I attended a panel discussion at the UC Berkeley campus titled "The Future of Information," an event that celebrated the renaming of the University's School of Information and the redesign of its website.
Kyle Monson / PC Magazine:
MTV Unveils Music-Download Service  —  We've been big proponents of the all-you-can download subscription plans being used by services like Napster, Rhapsody, and others.  The latest, MTV's new Urge service, launches into public beta on Wednesday, and may give existing services a run for their subscription fee.
PC Magazine:
Windows Media Player 11
Discussion: and
Michael Gartenberg:
First look at URGE and WMP 11
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: Engadget, Gadgetell and
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 …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Notebook First Look
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Palm Announces Treo 700p  —  The new Palm OS smartphone will work on the Sprint and Verizon networks.  —  Palm announced the long-awaited Treo 700p smartphone today, a handheld that runs the easy-to-use Palm OS and takes advantage of Sprint's and Verizon's high-speed EV-DO networks.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sprint shipping Treo 700P by end of month, for $400
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 …
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 …
BBC News 'wrong Guy' is revealed
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
Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
Syndicate 2006 - Jeff Jarvis  —  For the next two days I'll be posting short items from Syndicate Conference in New York City.  First up this morning is Jeff Jarvis.  I've got a photoset going.  Or you can check out other stuff here.  —  Jeff is opening up his keynote focus to a vote.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
NBC Looks Beyond TV for a Prime-Time Revival  —  NBC, eager to improve its ratings and advertising sales, is counting on digital media as much as television for a comeback in the 2006-7 season.  —  In a two-hour presentation yesterday to advertisers and agencies at Radio City Music Hall …
Discussion: IP Democracy and
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.
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: Alec Saunders .LOG and 21talks
Betsya / MSN Search's WebLog: News Search  —  On April 19th we released a new version of site search for built entirely on the MSN Search platform.  This is a great improvement from our previous site search solutions and one we think that people will find really useful for searching news.
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.
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.
J&J Shuns Upfront, Coke Also Holds Back  —  Health-Care Products Giant Moves to Calendar-Year Ad Buying  —  NEW YORK ( — Johnson & Johnson, one of the country's major advertisers, will not commit ad dollars during this year's upfront, and Coca-Cola Co., while it will be present …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
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