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5:50 PM ET, May 16, 2006


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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.
Nate Koechley / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Peeling Back the Interface of the Yahoo! Home Page Beta  —  To celebrate the launch of the public beta of the new Yahoo! home page, I want to peel back the interface and point out a few things of interest to developers.  —  First of all, I'm very proud that the new Yahoo! …
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Bill Scott / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Patterns Behind the Yahoo! Home Page Beta  —  The home page team has been very busy over the last few months testing the new home page to create a richer experience for our users.  There are many challenges to changing any home page.  Just imagine the challenges with changing the most trafficked home page on the entire web!
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! …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL to Release YouTube Clone  —  Prepare for the launch of AOL UnCut (currently in open beta), a near perfect clone of YouTube.  The service is powered by Video Egg (see Josh Kopelman for more).  —  Videos of up to 5 minutes can be uploaded to the service, and they are then converted to the Flash 8 format (same as YouTube).
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Notebook Is Live
Discussion: Official Google Blog
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple launches MacBook: 13-in, Core Duo, black and white cases  —  As expected, Apple has launched its new consumer laptops, under the MacBook brand.  The new models all share one case design, a 5.2-pound box available in black or white, with a 13.3-inch, 1280x800 display and full-size keyboard.
Up close and personal with Apple's MacBook (photos)
George Oates / FlickrBlog:
Alpha... Beta... Gamma!  —  We've just released the big round of changes I mentioned last week: New Navigation, New Search, New and Improved Organizr, and the Person Menu.  All of these improvements have been designed to help you navigate the site with less effort and organize your photos more efficiently.
Jvm / Curmudgeon Gamer:
History of Console Prices (or: $500 ain't the worst...)  —  Is the $500 price tag for the crippled PlayStation 3 historically high or low?  I did a bit of number crunching to try to put that number in perspective.  These graphs tell the story: I've uploaded PDF versions: absolute and relative.
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Xbox 360 and HD DVD to drop for under $500?
Sprint Announces Plans to Be First to Offer Mobile Broadband-Capable Palm Treo Running Palm OS  —  Sprint Power Vision(SM) Smart Device Treo™ 700P by Palm features industry-unique multimedia capabilities powered by the nation's largest mobile broadband network that allows users to do more in more places
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Palm Announces Treo 700p
Chris / Pearsonified:
Why Hire an Expert?  (Or What the Hell is Mike Thinking?)  —  What happened to the mutual respect that web professionals are supposed to pay one another?  I mean, I know there's not a formal guild or anything, but seriously - why on earth would anyone want to go out and throw a colleague under a bus without provocation?
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Deadline Set for Wireless Internet in Parks  —  New York City officials set a July deadline yesterday for a city contractor to have a wireless network up and running in Central Park, in what would be a major expansion of free Internet access that the city plans to replicate across its vast ribbons …
Mike Grehan / ClickZ:
Google's Matt Cutts: The Big Interview  —  › › › Search Results  —  He started off as a computer graphics guy and went on to become a Google guy.  Not just any Google guy, though.  He could well have been quoted in all the industry press and forums and blogs …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will SkypeFree KO Vonage IPO?  —  This is a classic high stakes Wall Street sucker punch.  —  The buzz on the Street is that the Vonage IPO is on the rocks.  They HAVE to raise money or they are in a world of hurt.  Their investors don't want to put another penny in and the company seems …
BBC News 'wrong Guy' is revealed  —  The true identity of a man who was mistakenly interviewed on BBC News 24 has been revealed.  —  Guy Goma, a graduate from the Congo, appeared on the news channel in place of an IT expert after a mix-up.  —  But Mr Goma, who was wrongly identified …
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
Update: Happy Blu-Day!  —  UPDATE: Many readers are saying that this story was faked.  Well, I'm here to tell you it's far from a lie, and I have more pictures to prove it!  In fact, since I enlarged the photo, we noticed that the DVD was actually a DVD+R, not a DVD-R!
Discussion: Engadget, HD Beat and Gadgetophile
PR Newswire:
Intel Capital Leads Investment in Pando Networks' Second Funding Round of $7 Million  —  Initial Investors BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners Close Out Round  —  NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ — Pando Networks Inc., creators of a peer-to-peer distribution solution for the private transport …
Discussion: GigaOM and
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