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4:55 PM ET, May 23, 2006


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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.
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.
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google and that elusive diversification  —  After what PaidContent says is at least four months testing, Google is to officially launch its video ads programme.  The new format, which is deliberately unobtrusive until the user clicks on the ad and activates the video stream …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google video ads good? I think so.
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
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown:
MySpace in Talks with Google and MSN... not Yahoo  —  Financial Times reports that MySpace is in talks with both Google and MSN in an effort to monetize those billions of page views. … Nicholas Carr writes: … So who's gonna get it?  Google's recent spate of social-search related projects could well be wooing tools for the deal.
Discussion: Bambi Francisco and The 360
Nick / Rough Type:
MySpace peddles its eyeballs
Discussion: Business Filter
Shannon Shoul / Apple:
Nike and Apple Team Up to Launch Nike+iPod  —  Global Collaboration Brings the Worlds of Sports & Music Together Like Never Before  —  NEW YORK—May 23, 2006—Nike and Apple® today announced a partnership bringing the worlds of sports and music together like never before with the launch of innovative Nike+iPod products.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Think different: Just do it. (Updated: It's real!)
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple and Nike launch $29 iPod Sport Kit
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
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).
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1-SSD UMPC now with NAND: only $2,430
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Browser
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Company Asks U.S. to Provide Radio Space for Free Internet  —  In an ambitious proposal, a Silicon Valley company has asked the government to give it a band of radio spectrum for a free high-speed wireless Internet network that would cover most of the country and be supported by advertising.
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.
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 …
Candace Lombardi / CNET
TV advertising's DVR challenge  —  This September, AOL and Mark Burnett Productions will launch "Gold Rush," an interactive game that asks players to monitor CBS television programs and commercials for clues to find $2 million in gold.  —  The game will last for approximately the first two months …
Discussion: PVR Wire, Adrants and Boing Boing
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Vectrotel X8 Secure Mobile Phone  —  The feds aren't going to like it when you hook up your Vectrotel X8, a normal-looking GSM cellphone that has some serious 128-bit encryption inside.  It has the usual features of a run-of-the-mill handset, such as a Bluetooth and USB connectivity …
Discussion: OhGizmo! and
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
MACY'S TO BRING IN IPOD VENDING MACHINES  —  I just saw this over at Gear Live.  Wow, these iPod vending machines are really popping up in lots of places lately!  I'd love to see some Palm PDA vending machines!  Talk about some drooling!  —  In an effort to keep up with the swankiest of swanks …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gadgetell
Shel / a shel of my former self:
The press release is dead!  Long live the press release!  —  I've resisted jumping aboard the "press release is dead" bandwagon because I just don't believe it.  I have no argument with the issues that lead supporters of the movement to proclaim the press release's demise.
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.
Hardware Developers Go Live With Microsoft Services  —  Opportunities for independent hardware vendors abound as Windows Live Services take off.  —  SEATTLE, May 23, 2006 —In November, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie demonstrated …
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