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12:25 PM ET, May 31, 2006


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New York Times:
Vonage Moves to Reassure Nervous Investors  —  Vonage, tarred by a disastrous initial public offering last week, is scrambling to reassure investors.  The company, which provides Internet phone service, said yesterday that it would reimburse the bankers who handled the sale if any Vonage customers refused …
Discussion: Mark Evans and IP Democracy
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Vonage Customers Irked as Stock Deal Hits a Snag  —  Firm Says It Won't Charge Buyers for Botched Trades  —  Vonage Holdings Inc. hoped to show its Internet telephone customers how much it valued them by making many eligible to buy shares in the company's public offering last week.
INTERNET ADVERTISING REVENUES CLOSE TO $4 BILLION FOR Q1 2006  —  New York, NY (May 30, 2006) - The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) today announced that Internet advertising revenues reached a new record of $3.9 billion for the first quarter of 2006.
Dan Milmo / Guardian:   Net advertising 'to overtake national newspapers'
David H. Holtzman / Business Week:
The DVD War Against Consumers  —  Makers of new DVD players are going too far in copyright protection efforts, but buyers needn't take it lying down  —  Having grown tired of one war, we're on the eve of another, complete with alliances, secret codes, and laser beams.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Sony's PS3 gamble: should the optical revolution have been optional?  —  Introduction  —  The 2005-2006 edition of the "console wars" is a little different from previous installments in the battle to be in everyone's TV room.  There are the usual skirmishes over horsepower, cost …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Redmond Derby: Microsoft Meets NASCAR  —  Security experts have long compared the process of securing and safely using a Microsoft Windows PC to that of maintaining an automobile.  Most people depend so much upon their cars — and their computers — yet have such a poor grasp of how to keep …
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft launches security for Windows  —  SEATTLE - Security software makers, the 800-pound gorilla has landed.  Microsoft Corp. was to announce Wednesday that it is releasing software that aims to better protect people who use its Windows operating system from Internet attacks.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Bill Gates kicks of the "D" conference  —  Updated 11:50 PM PST: Bill Gates held court at the D (all things Digital) conference at the Four Seasons in Carlsbad, Calif., touching on the usual topics (Vista, Office, Google, Xbox) during a Q&A with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
SixApart To Launch Comet, Renamed Vox, on June 1  —  San Francisco based SixApart, which owns the Typepad, MovableType and LiveJournal blogging platforms, will start letting users test their new Vox (formerly Comet) hosted blogging platform on Thursday, June 1.
Sean Michael Kerner /
Firefox 2.0 Bakes in Anti-Phish Antidote  —  Mozilla has reached the latest development milestone for its next-generation Firefox 2.0 "Bon Echo" browser with a little anti-phishing help from Google.  —  Anti-phishing capability, which Mozilla has branded "Safe Browsing," …
Michael Grebb / Wired News:
Neutral Net?  Who Are You Kidding?  —  WASHINGTON — "Net neutrality" could be the most potent rallying cry for internet regulation in years.  —  It's also something of a surprise.  Six months ago, few outside of internet policy wonk circles were aware of the issue.
Discussion: Mary's Blog
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Flickr to Get Contextual Nikon Banner Ads  —  Nikon has struck a deal with Flickr to place Nikon branding on the site, including small logos next to photos that were taken with their cameras.  In addition, there will be branding on the login pages as well as special Nikon-only photo galleries.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Next-generation Wi-Fi tech to deliver IPTV  —  Next-generation Wi-Fi could soon be used to deliver IPTV throughout the home.  —  Airgo Networks, which makes Wi-Fi chips, announced Tuesday that Caton Overseas and STMicroelectronics will use its latest generation of wireless technology …
Discussion: Engadget
Patrick Baltatzis / Business 2.0:
Searching for the Google of cell phones  —  Can startups like 4Info and Promptu challenge the Web search giants in the mobile market?  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - On the Web, Google may have search all wrapped up.  But search on cell phones is still a wide-open …
Discussion: and Smart Mobs
David Cohn / Wired News:
Strap Up and Jump Like Mario  —  NEW YORK — Mario can jump four times his height, and soon so could you.  —  The Nintendo Amusement Park is a project by three New York University students who want to create a life-size obstacle course based on Super Mario Bros. that lets players strap …
Spencer Yip / Siliconera:
Rated M games in Japan  —  CERO recently announced that they changed their rating system, which ended up looking similar to the ESRB's scale.  Now there are two distinct ratings for "M" type games.  A game gets a "D" rating if it's made for gamers 17 years old and the "Z" rating is for game is for adults only (18+).
Discussion: Kotaku and GameSetWatch
Zephoria / apophenia:
blog production/consumption musings  —  I'm not very good at reading blogs.  Let me clarify... i'm not particularly good at reading blogs that are good for me.  I check in on Brangelina is the new pink gossip daily, consume cute imagery until i'm overloaded, depress myself with what happens post secret …
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