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4:55 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: TechEffect, Mark Evans and IP Democracy
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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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Barnako.com
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
Introducing the AdSense API beta  —  If you're a web developer or host, now you can generate more revenue and improve your service with the new AdSense API.  The AdSense API is a free beta service that allows you to integrate AdSense into your website offerings.  —  What can I do with the AdSense API?
Mike / Techdirt:
Forget Astroturf, Fake Net Neutrality Commenters Popping Up Like Weeds  —  It's no secret that the net neutrality "debate" (on which neither side seems to be willing to address the real issue concerning competition) has become a high stakes game involving huge corporate interests pretending …
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Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
Astro-Spam  —  The Abstract Factory flags something I've begun to notice when I periodically go through our comments to weed out spam: our posts about network neutrality have begun to get a steady stream of highly generic supportive comments: see here, here, here, and here, for example.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Redmond Derby: Microsoft Meets NASCAR
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and Gearlog
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
Net advertising 'to overtake national newspapers'  —  The internet will overtake national newspapers in the battle for advertising spending in the UK by the end of the year, it was predicted yesterday.  GroupM, which accounts for about 30% of global media buying, says in a report …
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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
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.
Maya Roney / Forbes:
AMD-ATI Merger Looks Likely  —  Advanced Micro Devices may be looking to buy graphics company ATI Technologies, a move that would benefit the overall graphics industry, according to RBC Capital Markets.  —  "The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD …
Cynthia Brumfield / ipdemocracy.com:
Ed Whitacre: No Packet Prioritization for Us  —  AT&T Chairman Ed Whitacre spoke this morning at Sanford C. Bernstein and Company's Strategic Decisions Conference and raised more questions than he answered.  Along with the usual optimistic assessment of the company's future, Whitacre addressed two hot-button topics for AT&T.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redfin To Change the Rules of Real Estate Sales  —  Seattle based Redfin is making two major announcements today.  —  First, they've closed an $8 million Series B round of financing, from Vulcan Capital, BEV Capital and Madrona Venture Group.  This follows a (roughly) $1m Series A round in January 2006.
business-standard.com:
TutorVista get $ 2 mn funding from Sequoia  —  TutorVista.com, the online web-based internet and consumer services firm which offers "education and test prep" services, has secured a $2 million series A funding from the global venture capital fund Sequoia Capital, according to K Ganesh, founder chairman.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and VC Ratings
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.
 
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Reuters:
CNN, Cartoon Network sue Cablevision over DVR plan
Discussion: Engadget
B.Greenway / Home Theater Blog:
How-to: Wall mounting a LCD or Plasma
Discussion: PVRblog and Lifehacker
Christopher Hogg / digitaljournal.com:
Microsoft Considering eBay Takeover?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell XPS M2010 gets official
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LogoWorks Redesign and Discount Code
mcafee.com:
Content  —  New, Easiest to Use Security Platform Features …
Tom Brennan / Forbes:
Disney Decides To Download
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Dean Bubley / Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless:
Voda data revenues
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Relationships as a PR goal
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Flickr to Get Contextual Nikon Banner Ads
Mark Frauenfelder / Boing Boing:
Reader feedback on bizarre no-link spam
Discussion: Bloggers Blog and Gadgetopia
Sarah Gilbert / Blogging Stocks:
Liveblogging Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at Strategic Decisions Conference
Discussion: IP Democracy
Zephoria / apophenia:
blog production/consumption musings
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
Firefox 2.0 Bakes in Anti-Phish Antidote
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Next-generation Wi-Fi tech to deliver IPTV
Patrick Baltatzis / Business 2.0:
Searching for the Google of cell phones
 

 
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