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11:10 AM ET, May 23, 2006

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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.
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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.
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.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google 'Click to Play' Video Ads  —  Today Google is launching "click-to-play" video ads that will appear in its AdSense network.  The ads will be part of the same auction as text and graphical ads and feature the same targeting capabilities.  It's a fascinating development that starts …
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 …
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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.
manchestereveningnews.co.uk:
Motorists 'ignoring phone ban'  —  HUGE numbers of motorists risk causing accidents by driving while using their mobile phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reading maps or even putting on or removing clothing, a survey reveals today.  —  More than half of motorists still talk and text …
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony to Develop Walkman Brand Cell Phone
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Carlo / Techdirt:   Shocker — Cell Phone Driving Bans Don't Really Make Roads Safer
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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.
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Business 2.0:
Your wireless future
Discussion: 21talks and GottaBeMobile.com
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 …
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
samsung.com:
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: Engadget and MobileWhack.com
OhGizmo!:
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 MobileWhack.com
Andrew Donoghue / CNET News.com:
Counting the cost of counterfeiting  —  Q&A As the head of Microsoft's antipiracy program, Michala Alexander has one of the more unenviable posts in the software giant's U.K. operations.  —  Despite successfully shutting down a prolific trader in unlicensed software last week, Alexander admits that the odds are stacked against her.
Discussion: M-Dollar
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 News.com:
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Extends Virtualization Strategy, Outlines Product Road Map  —  Microsoft puts Windows Server virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager on the fast track, and announces the intent to acquire Softricity Inc., a leader in application virtualization solutions within the virtualization space.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Time.com Adds "Sphere It" Links  —  San Francisco-based blog search engine Sphere is less than a month old, and already has links to its "Sphere It" functionality embedded in a number of time.com articles (example).  Tony Conrad, Sphere's CEO, says that they are currently testing the feature with Time.com.
 
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