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2:30 PM 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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Features at Live.com Local Maps  —  The online map wars continue to escalate, as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask.com and Mapquest compete to release new features - some aimed at usability, and some designed to be just plain sexy.  We compared the online maps last month and thought Yahoo …
Gary / ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Maps Offers Aerial Imagery of Europe; Traffic New to MS …
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Windows Vista Beta 2: The key word is 'Beta'  —  Trials and tribulations with an operating system under development  —  On the right side of Vista's home screen is the new Windows Sidebar - with little applets the user can choose.  —  Gary Krakow  —  I've just spent the past four days living …
Discussion: Gizmodo, eWEEK.com and M-Dollar
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Wall Street Journal:
Should the Net Be Neutral?  —  The "net neutrality" debate has reached a fever pitch as Congress mulls legislation that would allow Internet service providers to charge Web sites for preferred delivery of digital content.  —  Net neutrality advocates, including Internet giants like Google and Amazon.com …
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 …
Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
OneNote 2007 and Outlook: Best Buddies  —  How doth OneNote 2007 love Outlook?  —  Let me count the ways...  From the beginning of OneNote we've had a lot of requests to deepen our integration with Outlook.  In 2003 we had several connection points: you could email notes directly from OneNote …
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, M-Dollar and The Browser
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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+ …
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically sync iTunes to any folder(s)
Discussion: Gizmodo and m-trends.org
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Microsoft Says New Windows Is on Schedule
Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
Unpacking the Motorola Q  —  Check it, we just out our hands …
Discussion: Engadget and MobilitySite
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Scott Matulis / irconnect.com:
United Online Announces New PrivatePhone Service
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Google AdWords Experiments With New Ad Layout at Google.com
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Gizmo Project 2.0, Out Now  —  Gizmo Project, a soft phone developed …
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Khosla Ventures Sponsors Carnival of the Mobilists
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos ponder patent system changes
Discussion: Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
'Dot-mobi' domain for mobile devices hits the Web
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Microsoft acquisitions and product strategies
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and VC Ratings
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Would you pay $100 for this laptop?
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Time and place for entrepreneurs  —  Imagine Central London …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
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