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9:45 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.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Apple's new MacBook  —  First impressions after a day with Apple's new consumer laptop  —  When the MacBook Pro was introduced in January 2006, everyone was left wondering: If this is the MacBook Pro, where's the MacBook?  Five months later, the other shoe dropped.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands on with the Apple Macbook
Discussion: 2020 Hindsight
Microsoft Enterprise Search Solutions Help Enable Effective Information Management  —  New technologies such as Windows Live Search and innovations in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will help people create, find, use and share information.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2006 …
Discussion: LiveSide
Ina Fried / CNET
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 …
Microsoft:   Gates Advises CEOs: Software Puts Information to Work for People
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 …
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Spammers Win This Round: Blue Security Shuts Down
Discussion: SearchViews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Top 10 social networking sites see 47% growth  —  Nielson/NetRatings has issued a study showing that the top 10 social networking sites saw traffic grow 47% over the last year, with MySpace seeing the biggest growth (367% increase) and MSN Spaces (286%) seeing the biggest growth.
Nick / Rough Type:
CIOs flee IT  —  It's always darkest before it gets darker.  At its annual symposium in San Francisco this week, Gartner is drawing a bleak picture of the future of the traditional corporate IT function.  The research giant predicted that, for the fourth year running, IT budgets will grow less than 3 percent this year.
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Silicon Valley backs US wireless broadband plan  —  WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Three Silicon Valley venture capital firms are backing a project to grab a slice of valuable U.S. wireless airwaves to offer nationwide high-speed Internet service, according to a recent regulatory filing.
Discussion: Techdirt and Wi-Fi Networking News
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
Mark Wallace /
3D Milling Service Offered for SL Residents  —  Second Life residents will soon be able to order up physical versions of their avatars, their builds or their favorite Second Life objects in full 3D, and in a variety of materials, thanks to a pair of students at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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 has learned.  —  The proposal comes just weeks …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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 and InsideGoogle
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
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.
Discussion: Kotaku and THE RAW FEED
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Court Deals AT&T a Setback
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Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
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Fred / A VC:
FeedBurner Moves Onto The Web
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot
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Google Inc. Tweaks Its Video Service