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8:25 AM ET, May 19, 2006


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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Properties - Understanding the Breakdown  —  Leveraging the custom category capability of Hitwise, I've created a category of the top 20 Google domains in order to understand the popularity of Google's varied services.  The table below details the percentage market share …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Google Reality Check
Discussion: Recognizing Deven
Microsoft to Acquire Whale Communications, a Leading Provider of SSL VPN and Application Security Technologies  —  Acquisition will broaden Microsoft's secure access solution.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement …
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft buys VPN specialist  —  update Microsoft has agreed to acquire Whale Communications, a specialist in secure remote access and Web application firewalls.  —  The takeover is meant to broaden Microsoft's security offerings and give its customers more options in providing secure access …
Discussion: TechSpot
Microsoft and PC Manufacturers Make It Easier for Customers to Get Ready for Windows Vista  —  Customers can prepare for the future with the help of new "Get Ready" Web site, Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs, and the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.
Danese Cooper / New DivaBlog:
What Sun Doesn't Want You To Know About Java and Open Source  —  Yes, its been dog's years since I've blogged...but I just couldn't be silent about this.  —  Today at JavaONE my pal Geir Magnusson is announcing that Harmony has full support for SWING/AWT.  This is really big news …
Joris Evers / CNET
Symantec sues Microsoft over storage tech  —  update Symantec has launched a suit charging Microsoft with misappropriating its intellectual property and with violating a license related to data storage technology.  —  The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My new Mac  —  The black MacBook is a very nice computer, a clear upgrade from the earlier iBook G4.  People have expressed concerns about the keyboard, but so far it's fine, no problem.  —  Well, that was too good to be true.  I hadn't installed the memory upgrade when I wrote the bit above.
Discussion: clock and Incremental Blogger
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Time to hit the road  —  I had just finished up a panel where one of the smarter start up guys out there (Jason Fried of 37Signals) and I had a panel discussion about VCs and Start Ups.  I made the point about Canada being an amazing place to start up a company while Jason made an almost impassioned plea …
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Publisher, be very, very afraid?  —  I just saw a printed copy of the New York Times Magazine issue that contains Kevin Kelly's brilliant essay What Will Happen To Books?  (It's called "Scan This Book!" in the online version.)  Kevin did an amazing job of bringing the potential …
Declan McCullagh / CNET
ISP snooping plans take backseat  —  A prominent Republican in the U.S. Congress has backed away from plans to rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored.  —  Wisconsin Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Yahoo! unveils video sharing site, Finance redesign at analyst day  —  Yahoo! presented its business strategy to analysts yesterday and gave the world a sneak peek at what's to come.  A new advertising system is code complete and currently undergoing some testing and, if all goes well, will be rolled out later this year.
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Help Wanted  —  Starting immediately, Flickr is hiring for the positions below.  You'll notice there are a lot of them!  All of them are newly created positions and represent the first significant expansion of the Flickr team post-acquisition.  We're settled now, grown a few thousand percent …
Karen E. Klein / Business Week:
The ABC's of Beginning Your Blog  —  Part Two — Once you determine blogging makes sense for your small business, here's how to get started  —  This is the second of my two-part series on business blogging.  Today: getting started.  My previous column dealt with the pros and cons of launching a blog …
Mike Nowak / ceci n'est pas:
E3 Crabtacular  —  Due to the "me too" nature of a lot of game publishers, pretty much every E3 has a very visible trend, like toon shading or World War 2 shooters.  The trend that was noticeable this year, to me, was crabs.  Yes, crabs.  It became very obvious right from the start during Sony's press conference.
Discussion: Kotaku and Binary Bonsai
Wired News:
Great New GPS Gadgets  —  If you don't know where you are and you don't know where you're going, then you are, as they say, lost.  —  When thrust into the unknown without navigational aid, travelers quickly fall into a state of informational paralysis, the consequences of which can range …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us  —  James Bilefield, head of Skype's European operations, has a plan for combating telecommunications companies eager to do away with Net Neutrality: get big.  As companies such as AT&T think about cashing in on a "tiered Internet …
Discussion: 21talks and Realtime-VoIP
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