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11:30 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 …
fsf.org:
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
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Henri Poole / DefectiveByDesign.org:   Seattle anti-DRM flashmob
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+ …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG and VoIP Now
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
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.
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 …
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.
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
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
Scott Matulis / irconnect.com:
United Online Announces New PrivatePhone Service  —  PrivatePhone is the First Service to Offer a Free Phone Number  —  and Voice Mail That Can be Used Completely Independent of a Computer  —  Company Also Signs Actress and Recording Star Christina Milian to
Discussion: VoIP Watch
 
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