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12:35 AM ET, May 18, 2006


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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
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.
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  —  from the well,-that's-unfortunate dept  —  We've never been fully comfortable with the model Blue Security used to fight back against spammers.  While defenders point out that they were just having Blue Security handle their opt-outs for them …
Discussion: SearchViews
Wired News:
AT&T Whistle-Blower's Evidence  —  Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the company, which alleges that AT&T illegally cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic-surveillance program.
Discussion: and Defense Tech
Thomas Lenard / CNET
Perspective: Why don't we just auction the 'white space'?  —  In this new wireless era, the electromagnetic spectrum is surely one of the most important economic policy issues the government faces, with hundreds of billions of dollars of economic benefits at stake.
Mike / Techdirt:   WiFi: The Great Communist Conspiracy?
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 house 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.
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
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.
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
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Xtech 2006: Paul Graham - How American are Startups?  —  Sitting in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Grand Krapolinsky Krasnapolsky in central Amsterdam, at yet another conference.  This is the third in three weeks, and I'll be glad when next week comes and I don't have to think about writing a presentation.
Discussion:, Tinfinger and SEOmoz
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: Perceptric Forum and BETA
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.
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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20GB PlayStation 3 will be upgradeable, says Sony
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Surveillance society: Growing daily?
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 Earlier Items: 
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
When and When Not To Bet The Company  —  You DON'T bet your company on tactics.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Did Not Give Customer Records to NSA
Discussion: IP Democracy
Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya heading into Web search
Google Blogoscoped:
Suing Google Suggest
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideGoogle