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1:55 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, IP Democracy and Mark Evans
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'  —  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 …
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
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 …
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.
Rafat /
@ D Conference: Gates: Broadcast Is Dead; We Can't Do YouTube; Hints XBox+Music Player  —  The WSJ-organized D conference started this evening at Four Seasons in Carlsbad.  A packed-to-the-gills ballroom listened to a rather lackluster keynote interview with Bill Gates.
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.
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?
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," …
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.
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
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 …
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