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1:15 PM ET, May 20, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The vPod.tv Play  —  Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, a fellow blogger and broadband fanatic, is either a very brave man or has a plan.  He has started vPod.tv, a new online video company based in France, along with his cofounder Ivan Communod.  After bootstrapping it for nearly eight months …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Europe Shows Its Stuff: Innovate 2006  —  Dozens of (mostly) European companies showcased their new consumer web applications at Innovate 2006 in Zaragoza, Spain this week.  As usual with conferences like these, the companies were young, rough and hungry.  And I see a lot of potential with at least a few of them.
Discussion: Peer Pressure
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
vpod.tv Raises $5.1 Million: First Look  —  I mentioned vpod.tv, a startup headquartered in Paris and Madrid, in my Innovate 2006 roundup.  Today they are announcing a $5.1 million Series A round, led by Frédéric Humbert of Innovacom.  —  vpod is a "best of class" service …
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
FCC to delay AWS auction until August  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission abruptly delayed the advanced wireless services auction until Aug. 9, saying applicants needed more time to prepare for the government's sale of 1,122 wireless licenses.
Robert Block / Wall Street Journal:
Requests for Corporate Data Multiply  —  Businesses Juggle Law-Enforcement Demands  —  For Information About Customers, Suppliers  —  WASHINGTON — Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement efforts to secure corporate information about clients and suppliers have reached …
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Word  —  Hi everyone, Stephen Toulouse here.  We've been made aware of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Word XP and Word 2003.  Customers using the Word viewer to view documents are not impacted.  Yesterday we recieved a report that a customer …
Dennis Hissink / Lets Go Digital:
Rollei da6324  —  Rollei da6324 : Rollei introduces a new compact digital camera, the Rollei da6324.  This new compact digital camera features a 6.36 Megapixels 1/2.5 inch CCD image sensor, 2.4 inch TFT color monitor, 3x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
PSA: read your MacBook user manual  —  Given all the recent MacBook Pro drama of late, what with overheating issues and all, it might be a good idea to peruse your MacBook/MacBookPro owner's manual one of these days to make sure you've covered the basics, even if most of Apple's care recommendations are obvious these days.
BBC:
US government restricts China PCs  —  The US State Department says the 16,000 computers it bought from a Chinese firm with links to the Beijing government will not be used for classified work.  —  Assistant Secretary of State Richard Griffin said the department would also alter …
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google, Yahoo! and MSN: Property Size-up  —  By popular demand, I've gone through several Hitwise categories to compile the table below that shows where Google, Yahoo! and MSN properties stack up in their respective categories.  The percentages represented in the right hand column …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Got Ads?
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Browser bug or did Yahoo! just acquire Technorati?  —  Either I just encountered a very strange browser bug, or Yahoo has just acquired Technorati.  Just moments ago, while viewing the Technorati search results for Between the Lines, I clicked through to this link about Dan Farber's interview with Dave Winer.
Discussion: ben barren, YHOO and SuperGeek
Mike / Techdirt:
Unintended Consequences Meet Patent Law Reforms  —  from the making-the-system-worse dept  —  For all the talk about patent reform these days, it's unfortunate that every time we see reform proposals, it looks like they'll make the system worse.  The latest proposal is winning lots of applause …
Business Week:
Meet The Hackers  —  Cybercrooks are stealing billions.  An inside look at law enforcement's biggest targets  —  Dimitry Ivanovich Golubov doesn't look like an arch criminal.  A baby-faced 22-year-old Ukrainian, he is described by his lawyer as an unassuming part-time student at Mechnikov University in Odessa.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The book is dead.  Long live the book.  —  I have nothing against books.  —  But the book is an outmoded means of communicating information.  And efforts to update it are hampered because, cuturally, we give undue reverence to the form for the form's sake.  Publish or perish, that's the highest call of our intellectual elite.
Thomas Clark / Financial Times:
SAP boss names three potential US buyers  —  SAP, the world's biggest business software group, is open to an acquisition by US technology groups, according to its chairman.  —  Hasso Plattner, supervisory board chief at the German group, said in an interview with FT Deutschland …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Tests Stock Widgets for Blogs  —  Yahoo is testing a new program that allows any publisher - especially bloggers - to put real-time stock quotes and charts on their sites.  I have been briefed on the program by the Yahoo Finance team.  A public beta is expected in early June.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Official Google Blog:
Attention all Pearl Jam fans  —  Pearl Jam's new music video "Life Wasted" is now on Google Video for free!  Be sure to check it out now, as free streaming and download is available only until next Wednesday.  —  And in line with the band's experimental personality, Pearl Jam released the …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
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Google Music gets closer
 
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Robot surgeon performs world's first unassisted operation
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I Enjoy Particularly Rigorous Specs
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