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3:45 PM ET, May 17, 2006

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Tom Yager / Macworld UK:
Apple closes down OS X  —  Thanks to pirates, or rather the fear of them, the Intel edition of Apple's OS X is now a proprietary operating system.  —  Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild, and replace the OS X kernel from source code.
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AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook sports user-replaceable hard disks  —  First on AI: Owners of Apple Computer's new MacBook consumer notebooks will find that upgrading or replacing the computer's hard disk is as simple as adding more memory.  —  The notebooks, which are some of the most redesigned personal computers …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands on with the Apple Macbook
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Cablevision to Offer Flat Rates for International Phone Calling  —  Cablevision, one of the largest cable companies in the metropolitan area, will announce today a flat-rate plan for international calls, the latest example of how digital and Internet-based phone services from cable companies …
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Houston Chronicle:
Cablevision to Unveil New Calling Plan  —  NEW YORK — Cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp. is preparing to unveil a new international calling plan that lets users make calls to anywhere in the world for a flat fee of $19.95 a month.  —  Under the plan, customers get 500 minutes …
Joe / Techdirt:
Cablevision Cuts Rates Of International Calls, Days Of Voice Profits Numbered
Discussion: IP Democracy
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
In the Fight Against Spam E-Mail, Goliath Wins Again  —  Eran Reshef had an idea in the battle against spam e-mail that seemed to be working: he fought spam with spam.  Today, he'll give up the fight.  —  Reshef's Silicon Valley company, Blue Security Inc., simply asked the spammers to stop sending junk e-mail to his clients.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates to demonstrate new search software  —  Microsoft is hoping that social networking techniques will help win a few friends for its enterprise search technology.  —  On Wednesday, as part of a keynote speech to executives gathered in Redmond, Wash., for Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
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Microsoft:
Gates Advises CEOs: Software Puts Information to Work for People
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot  —  AOL releases UnCut Video, a complete YouTube copycat.  —  The only difference is that UnCut doesn't support tagging (via TechCrunch).  Too bad it's such a blatant clone.  These sorts of moves rarely succeed.
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Laurie Sullivan / InformationWeek:
AOL Quietly Unveils YouTube Competitor
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Sun promises to open source Java  —  Community must help to pevent fragmentation  —  Sun Microsystems is planning to release the source code of the Java programming language, chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's Store Strategy Beat the Odds  —  When Apple Computer Inc. opened its first Apple retail store in 2001 in a shopping mall in McLean, Va., critics saw the initiative as an expensive, dubious gamble.  But as Apple prepares to take the wraps off its latest, most ambitious store yet …
Google Blogoscoped:
Suing Google Suggest  —  Oh my - someone's apparently suing Google for the Google Suggest feature, which suggests cracks of a certain software.  As you may know the Google Suggest feature, as used in the Google Toolbar, is a (slightly moderated) approach of offering suggestions based on popular searches, as you type.
Discussion: Techdirt
Fred / A VC:
FeedBurner Moves Onto The Web  —  FeedBurner (a Union Square Ventures portfolio company) has been all about feeds for as long as I've known them.  I started using FeedBurner to host the feeds from this blog in early 2004, less than a month after they launched their service.
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Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
FeedBurner Migrates RSS Ad Network to Sites
Discussion: SearchViews
plantronics.com:
PLANTRONICS ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST VOIP-OPTIMIZED BLUETOOTH HEADSET SYSTEM  —  Multipoint Technology, Easy Install Provide Road Warriors with Single Headset for Numerous Devices  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — May 17, 2006 — Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) today introduced the Voyager 510-USB …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Gadgetell and 21talks
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week  —  There is one thing I know for sure about raising money from investors.  If you don't want the investor's money, they will want to invest even more.  It is a sure thing.  —  Lately I've been taking a lot of meetings with entrepreneurs I've known for years …
Discussion: BETA
Bret Taylor / Official Google Blog:
Making AJAX development easier  —  AJAX has the power to make your site more compelling and more dynamic, but AJAX development is often complicated, with much of the development time spent working around browser quirks and the fragility of AJAX components.  Trust us, we know …
research.microsoft.com:
MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth  —  QUICK INFO  —  File Name:  —  MapCruncher-2.00.zip  —  Version:  —  2.0  —  Date Published:  —  Download Size:  —  1.4 MB  —  Overview  —  Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth — and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress may make ISPs snoop on you  —  A prominent Republican on Capitol Hill has prepared legislation that would rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The proposal comes just weeks …
inessential.com:
How NetNewsWire 2.1 Reads Feeds  —  People have been asking me how NetNewsWire 2.1 reads feeds.  Does it read feeds from NewsGator or from the sites themselves?  —  I'll explain how it works, and also explain why it works the way it does.  —  How it works
BBC:
Gamers to help create web record  —  A website that aims to record the history of videogame innovation is calling on games fanatics for help.  —  The Game Innovation Database (GIDb), as the website is known, has been developed by a team at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.
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Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Did Not Give Customer Records to NSA
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Announces Treo 700p Plans, Pricing
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M2Z: The latest Hail Mary on universal broadband access
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Associated Press:
Google Inc. Tweaks Its Video Service
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Rocketboom  —  I went to Amanda Congdon's plenary session at the end of Syndicate.
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Update: Motorola Q set to take on BlackBerry
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Lotus Notes gets upgrade
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