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10:10 AM ET, May 24, 2006


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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Features at Local Maps
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Technorati partners with AP
Discussion: Marshall Kirkpatrick
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
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 …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Now
Protesters provide a nasty "vista" for Gates  —  Hazmat Suits Greet Microsoft Developers As They Gather For Annual Conference  —  To schedule an interview about the campaign or for more details about the event, please contact Ted Teah at the Free Software Foundation (+1 617-542-5942 x20) …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Henri Poole /   Seattle anti-DRM flashmob
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Techdirt
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 …
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Discussion: Poynter Online
Anne Broache / CNET
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
Jason Brooks /
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.
John Clyman / PC Magazine:
Inside Windows Vista Beta 2
Discussion: TechBlog
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.
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Arne Hess /
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion [UPDATE]  —  While it's neither official released yet nor O2 Germany has given a press release, the device, formerly known as "O2 Xda Hermes", appeared now in O2's own web shop as "O2 Xda trion".  —  So what's the hard facts now?
Ina Fried / CNET 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.
Rob Fahey /
EA Looks East  —  A resident of Hong Kong for eight years now, Jon Niermann worked for Disney in Asia until the call came from Electronic Arts two and a half years ago, and he jumped ship to head up the top publisher's fledgling Asian operation.  If he was anticipating a challenge - Disney …
Discussion: Joystiq
Luke Smith /
The Wizard Coming to DVD  —  August 29 will see 'The Wizard' finally arrive on DVD.  —  Finally.  —  Digital Bits reports that after years of waiting, The Wizard is finally coming to DVD.  Remember The Wizard?  August 29th of this year it will be available on disc format.
Discussion: Kotaku and 4 color rebellion
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: M-Dollar
Stowe Boyd / Message:
The Downside of Advisory Capital: The "No A**holes" Rule Has Holes In It  —  I am preparing a presentation on advisory capital for the upcoming SVASE Startup-U event, and was laying out the basic premises of the whole business model.  I looked over my outline, and realized that I was painting an altogether too rosy picture.
Discussion: ALLIED, Newsome.Org and Zoli's Blog
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Time and place for entrepreneurs  —  Imagine Central London has been invaded by an army of robots which are now bunkered down somewhere on Oxford Street.  —  Your mission, and that of your friends, is to find the shop on the capital's famous two-mile retail strip that harbours the enemy's lair.
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