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1:20 PM ET, May 23, 2006


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Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
Click-to-play video ads for AdWords  —  We're very excited to announce the release of click-to-play video ads on the content network.  Here's Bismarck, from the Video Ads team, with the details on this new feature: … We hope you'll keep your eyes out for this new feature and let us know what you think.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Moves to Sell Space for Video Spots on Network of Web Sites  —  GOOGLE is taking its first steps to go after the huge market for television advertising this week with a new service that will place video commercials on the many Web sites where it sells advertising.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google PPC Video Ads - I'm Betting Against It  —  Google will launch a new pay-per-click video ad product and syndicate it out through its Adsense Network today.  Like Google's normal text ads, Advertisers will bid for placement and will be charged when a user clicks on the video.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google 'Click to Play' Video Ads
Jenstar / JenSense:   AdSense video ads graduate from rich media beta test
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   Google Click-To-Play Video Ads for AdWords
Financial Times:
MySpace seeks link with Google or Microsoft  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Aline van Duyn in New York  —  MySpace, the fast-growing "social networking" site, is in talks to forge a internet search link with either Google or Microsoft, in a move that would confirm the emergence …
Nick / Rough Type:
MySpace peddles its eyeballs  —  MySpace may be in the right space at the right time.  The massive social-networking site hasn't had much luck converting its zillions of page views into cash through old-style banner ads, so now it's reportedly seeking a search-engine partner to supply targeted pay-per-click ads throughout the site.
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
Unlocking the iPod  —  If you want to buy content for Apple's iPod, you have to go through iTunes.  Navio Systems is hoping to change that.  —  In an ideal digital world, we'd be able to buy copyrighted music and videos wherever we wanted, not just on a designated store.
Discussion: Engadget and Open Source
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Download Your TV - The Current Options
Discussion: Earthling
May Wong / Associated Press:
Company offers online delivery system
Discussion: Techdirt
Microsoft considers taking admin rights from employees  —  As Microsoft moves its internal desktop systems to Windows Vista, the company is contemplating whether to change a long running tradition and take away admin rights from its employees in order to improve security.
SAMSUNG Electronics Launches the World's First PCs with NAND Flash-based Solid State Disk  —  SEOUL, Korea - May 23, 2006 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in digital media technology, will release the world's first PCs embedded with a 32-Gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD).
Discussion: and Engadget
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1-SSD UMPC now with NAND: only $2,430
Discussion: and The Browser
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
New Domain Name — .Mobi — Could Spur Wireless Web  —  Surfing the Web on a cellphone can be as difficult as surfing the ocean on a tiny board.  Now, a company founded by Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Vodafone Group PLC, Nokia Corp., and several other companies, aims to make it easier …
Discussion: 21talks
Team Register / The Register:
.mobi domain opens for business
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
HDMI, the Manchurian DRM - a Broadcast Flag dormant until 2010  —  Hollywood studios and some CE manufacturers have reportedly entered into an informal agreement to hold off on using the "image constraint token" in HDMI DRM until 2010 or 2012.  The image constraint token is a flag in a video signal …
Dan Zehr / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell tests the retail waters again  —  Dallas and New York-area mall stores will open later this year.  —  Dell Inc. will break its long boycott against retail sales with two stores at shopping malls later this year, but the company said it will remain true to its direct model by having shoppers order products online for delivery.
New York Times:
An Internet Phone Pioneer, Poised to Go Public, Has Rivals at Its Heels  —  Brandon Sehlke of San Antonio recently chose Time Warner over Vonage.  He gets Internet phone service, television service and broadband for $89.95 a month; Vonage costs $24.99 a month for phone service alone.
Discussion: I4U News
VectroTel Provides Secure Mobile Communications  —  Without getting philosophical, let me just say this: eavesdropping is bad, m'kay?  And while large corporations may see things differently (think ATT), it's nice to see smaller outfits doing something to help you keep your private conversations, well, private.
Discussion: Gizmodo and
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now For The Vonage IPO  —  Vonage, the company that introduced a haunting jingle and low cost voice calls over the Internet to the masses is all set to go public.  The company is likely to start trading tomorrow, according to news reports, despite some last minute doubts about its long term viability.
Discussion: Mark Evans and IP Democracy
Anne Broache / CNET
Sony rootkit settlement gets final nod  —  A federal judge on Monday gave final approval to a settlement in a class action suit against Sony BMG Music Entertainment over anticopying software the company had embedded in some music CDs.  —  The agreement (click for PDF) covers anyone who bought …
Discussion: Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
A cure to citywide Wi-Fi woes?  —  A new Wi-Fi start-up called Wavion Networks came out of stealth mode Monday and said it has developed technology to solve many of the problems big cities like Philadelphia and San Francisco face when deploying citywide Wi-Fi.
Microsoft Security Advisory (919637)  —  Vulnerability in Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of limited "zero-day" attacks using a vulnerability in Microsoft Word XP and Microsoft Word 2003.  In order for this attack to be carried out …
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple and Nike launch $29 iPod Sport Kit
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Ben Vershbow / if:book:
GAM3R 7H30RY 1.1 is live!
Marc / O'Reilly Radar:
Face-off: The blank faces at Flickr and 43Things
Discussion: Changing Way and disambiguity
Google Blogoscoped:
New Cases of Google News Source Exclusion
Evan Blass / Engadget:
POSDATA shows off WiBro PDAs for Korea
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
A Computer You Can Afford  —  Microsoft FlexGo technology makes …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and
Andrew Donoghue / CNET
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Sony to Develop Walkman Brand Cell Phone
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
Setanta backers spend $15m in search for the next Yahoo
USA Today:
TiVo's Guru Guide to help viewers sift through shows
Discussion: PVR Wire and BuzzMachine
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
If Feedburner dies - we're going to live
Microsoft Extends Virtualization Strategy, Outlines Product Road Map
Discussion: Full of I.T.