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11:50 AM ET, May 24, 2006

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces New Version of Windows Live Local  —  New capabilities include real-time traffic reporting, new ways to collect and share search results, tight integration with Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Messenger, and geographic expansion to Canada and the U.K.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and LiveSide
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Features at Live.com Local Maps
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Morpheus makers file suit against eBay  —  StreamCast Networks, the creators of the Morpheus file-sharing software, is alleging in a lawsuit that auction house eBay is profiting from peer-to-peer technology that rightfully belongs to it.  —  StreamCast claims in a lawsuit filed Monday …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple partners with Nike on iPod for runners  —  Nike and Apple announced a partnership targeting runners and iPod users.  Tune your run is a way to use the iPod to track data captured in the soles of new Nike running shoes. … Nike+ compatible running shoes range from US$85 (Air Max Moto+ …
Henri Poole / DefectiveByDesign.org:
Seattle anti-DRM flashmob  —  Sign up here to find out about the next event.
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fsf.org:
Protesters provide a nasty "vista" for Gates
Discussion: Boing Boing
Richard Whitt / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Spam filter gobbles up phone bid for Cobb schools  —  There it was in the e-mail spam filter, along with offers to invigorate both your bank account and your sex life: an offer to save the Cobb County schools $250,000.  But this message was for real.  —  School officials are blaming …
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
Imagining a day without Microsoft  —  If the company we love to hate disappeared tomorrow, we'd be in for still more headaches  —  Did you ever hear the warning, "be careful what you wish for, it might come true?"  Well, because Microsoft is the company most people love to hate …
Discussion: Larry Borsato, The Browser and M-Dollar
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
Doom 3 Like You've Never Seen  —  Plummeting prices and advances in motherboard technologies are making dual-card graphics a must-have for serious gamers.  —  Two competing technologies, ATI Technologies' CrossFire platform and Nvidia's Scalable Link Interface, or SLI …
Discussion: Cathode Tan, TechSpot and The Test Bed
CNET News.com:
Plaxo gets hip to VoIP  —  Plaxo, the company that drove some people nuts with e-mail invitations to its service, is getting on the voice over Internet Protocol bandwagon.  —  On Tuesday, the Mountain View, Calif., company unveiled plans to move beyond the synchronized and centralized online address book …
bankstocks.com:
General Terms of Use  —  PLEASE READ OUR TERMS OF USE BEFORE YOU USE OUR WEB SITE  —  By using the Site, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use ("TOU").  If you do not agree to the terms and conditions contained in the TOU, we do not consent to provide you with access to the Site, and you should cease your use of it.
Discussion: Poynter Online
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos ponder patent system changes  —  WASHINGTON—In the wake of high-profile lawsuits involving BlackBerry and eBay, Congress is once again talking about fixing what the technology industry says is a thoroughly broken patent system.  —  While much of the U.S. Senate was occupied …
Discussion: Engadget
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
The Future of Music?  —  Ars profiles eMusic, the world's number 2 online music retailer.  And they don't use digital rights management, choosing instead to sell their songs in unprotected MP3 format.  Yes, you read that right: the world's #2 music download service doesn't use DRM technology.
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Khosla Ventures Sponsors Carnival of the Mobilists  —  I'm really happy to announce that Khosla Ventures have agreed to sponsor the Carnival of the Mobilists from June 2006 until the end of the year, which will help us extend our presence and profile in the Blogosphere.
Discussion: m-trends.org and textually.org
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Web inventor warns of 'dark' net  —  BBC News science and technology reporter in Edinburgh  —  The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said.  —  Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels …
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdWords Experiments With New Ad Layout at Google.com  —  A WebmasterWorld thread is reporting Sporadic Reports of Google Testing New Ad Layout.  The new ad layout shows two ads at the top, and then four ads on the bottom, but none on the right hand panel.
Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft acquisitions and product strategies  —  The Microsoft VC Summit 2006 happened a week or two ago, but I've only just had a chance to review the posts that came out of it.  If you're interested in where Microsoft is headed with its product range and general Web strategy, there are some nuggets in the coverage.
Discussion: VC Ratings and InsideMicrosoft
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
News.blog: Mac Mini is my most 'Vista Ready' PC  —  Last week, Microsoft released a test version of its 'Upgrade Advisor', a downloadable tool that aims to tell users how Vista-ready their system is.  —  I decided to run it on all the systems I had at my disposal and found some interesting results.
John Oates / The Register:
World's most expensive mobile number is 666 6666  —  The world's most expensive phone number was auctioned for charity yesterday in Qatar.  —  The number, 666 6666, sold for 10m Qatari riyals or £1.5m.  —  The previous record holder was Chinese number 8888 8888, which sold for £270,000.
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 …
 
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Scott Matulis / irconnect.com:
United Online Announces New PrivatePhone Service
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Mike / Techdirt:
Nano Scratch Class Action Plaintiff Says He Had Nothing To Do With The Lawsuit
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo Project 2.0, Out Now  —  Gizmo Project, a soft phone developed …
Discussion: 21talks and The Browser
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
EA Looks East
Discussion: Joystiq
Faisal Islam / channel4.com:
Google vision  —  It's the world's favourite search engine …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pimp My Heart, the HeartBeat Bass Booster
Yahoo! News:
Danish director shooting documentary on Japanese therapeutic robot
 Earlier Items: 
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
'Dot-mobi' domain for mobile devices hits the Web
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
The Wizard Coming to DVD
Discussion: Kotaku and 4 color rebellion
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Would you pay $100 for this laptop?
Discussion: TeleRead and Ubergizmo
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Time and place for entrepreneurs  —  Imagine Central London …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
CHAMPION OF CYBERSPACE FACES ITS BIGGEST CASE YET
Arne Hess / theunwired.net:
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion [UPDATE]
Stowe Boyd / Message:
The Downside of Advisory Capital: The "No A**holes" Rule Has Holes In It
Discussion: ALLIED and Newsome.Org
Computerworld:
Review and Visual Tour: Microsoft's 2007 Office Beta 2