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11:50 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.
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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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google video ads good? I think so.
John Clyman / PC Magazine:
Inside Windows Vista Beta 2  —  Microsoft continues to make improvements to the OS, flesh out the bundled programs' capabilities, and clean up bugs (though there are still plenty).  —  It's been a long and arduous journey, but Microsoft continues to make progress in its plan to release Windows Vista.
Discussion: TechBlog
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Jason Brooks / eWEEK.com:
Vista Needs More Fine-Tuning  —  Review: eWEEK Labs' tests of Windows Vista Beta 2 show steady progress, but the new 3D Aero Glass user interface in particular still flakes out.  —  At WinHEC May 23, Microsoft released Build 5384 of Windows Vista, a.k.a. Windows Vista Beta 2.
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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.
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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 News.com:
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPod  —  With so many people carrying around expensive iPods in their pockets or storing them in their desks, it's little wonder that an industry has sprung up around protecting those valuable little players from theft: even clothing designers like Thomas Pink are trying to get in on the action.
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Colbert Low / The Gadget Blog:
Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPods
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Hirshberg / Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Teams With The Associated Press to Connect Bloggers To More Than 440 Newspapers Nationwide  —  Technorati and the Associated Press this morning initiated a service to connect bloggers to more than 440 AP member newspapers nationwide.  —  The Associated Press is the world's largest …
Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
i-mate Jas Jam - no not Jas Jar, no not Jam... Jas Jam  —  What do you get when you take two of the most popular converged devices and combine them?  The Jas Jam!  First off, I don't know if this name is official, but it sure looks that way.  It appears that this device is taking a name spin …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Computerworld:
Review and Visual Tour: Microsoft's 2007 Office Beta 2  —  Word menus and toolbars are now 'ribbons'  —  Today's Top Stories or Other Desktop Applications Stories  —  May 23, 2006 (Computerworld) — When Microsoft released the first beta of Office 12 in November, many features were promised but not ready.
Mark Evans:
Vonage IPO Apparently Over-Subscribed  —  According to CBS Marketwatch (citing Flyonthewall.com, which gathers "information" from traders, brokers and institutional investors), the Vonage IPO is "multiple times" over-subscribed.  The IPO will apparently be priced at $17 to $18 a share and raise …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechBeat
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).
 
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Discussion: GigaOM
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft demos SideShow-enabled products at WinHEC
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Joe Weisenthal / DealBreaker.com:
Opening Bell: 5.23.06  —  Euronext Backs Merger Proposal By NYSE Group (WSJ)
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Turbo Charge Portable Battery Charger
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 Earlier Items: 
Shel / a shel of my former self:
The press release is dead! Long live the press release!
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
MACY'S TO BRING IN IPOD VENDING MACHINES
Discussion: Ubergizmo and AAPL
Jonathan Bennett / CNET News.com:
Berners-Lee calls for Net neutrality
Hardy Green / Business Week:
The Great Woz Tells All
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Popgadget
Microsoft:
Hardware Developers Go Live With Microsoft Services
ZDNet:
Microsoft considers taking admin rights from employees
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