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2:30 PM ET, May 24, 2006


 Top Items: 
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Features at Local Maps  —  The online map wars continue to escalate, as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, 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: 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, and M-Dollar
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 …
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 …
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 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.
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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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo Project 2.0, Out Now  —  Gizmo Project, a soft phone developed …
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EA Looks East
Discussion: Joystiq
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Anne Broache / CNET
Politicos ponder patent system changes
Discussion: Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
'Dot-mobi' domain for mobile devices hits the Web
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 …
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