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9:45 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.
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and Got Ads?
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 …
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
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 …
A Computer You Can Afford  —  Microsoft FlexGo technology makes good sense for customers and industry partners alike.  —  REDMOND, Wash. , May 22, 2006 — When Ana Maria Garcia's husband lost his job, her family's chances of owning a PC seemed remote at best.
Discussion: Kevin Maney and
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
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
Andrew Donoghue / CNET
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
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: 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 articles (example).  Tony Conrad, Sphere's CEO, says that they are currently testing the feature with
Discussion: Library clips
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft's PC utility  —  Microsoft is today announcing a utility-like computing service for PCs, called FlexGo, aimed at providing poor people with a low-cost means of getting a computer.  The service essentially applies the model of pay-as-you-go mobile phone service to the personal computer.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Windows Media 11's lack of podcasting gets noticed  —  Todd Cochrane, of Geek News Central, says that Windows Media 11's lack of podcasting features will slow down podcasting's growth.  I look at it a different way.  I think that not having podcasting features will slow down Windows Media 11's growth.
Discussion: New Media Sense
Evan Blass / Engadget:
POSDATA shows off WiBro PDAs for Korea  —  When a manufacturer takes styling cues from a number of popular devices — in this case, the RAZR, the Wizard, and the gone-but-not-forgotten Clie — and throws in a number of high end features whose acronyms make us a little weak-kneed, the resulting products are bound to be pretty sexy.
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Business 2.0:
Your wireless future  —  Phones that get you into concerts, tell co-workers not to call now - or even display which friends are at a show.  The next phase of the mobile revolution is about to begin.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Want to get a sense of where wireless technology is headed?
Discussion: 21talks and
Dell plans to open two retail stores  —  Dell has announced plans to open two retail stores later this year, abandoning its adherence to Internet and mail order sales.  —  The Austin-American Statesman reports that the computer maker will open a store in Dallas, close to its Texas home …
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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Team Register / The Register:
.mobi domain opens for business
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May Wong / Associated Press:
Company offers online delivery system
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Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
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TiVo's Guru Guide to help viewers sift through shows
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
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Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
Tony Smith / The Register:
LG quietly launches 8GB music player
Cerias / CERIAS Weblogs:
Reporting Vulnerabilities is for the Brave
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Anne Broache / CNET
Google retains lead in U.S. search market
Evan Blass / Engadget:
SanDisk wants you to say iDon't to iPod