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4:15 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: Barnako.com
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Hello, you've reached Vonage Investor Relations; please leave …
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?
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: Gearlog and Techdirt
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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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iab.net:
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.
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 …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:   Astro-Spam  —  The Abstract Factory flags something I've begun …
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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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.
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
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 …
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
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LogoWorks Redesign and Discount Code  —  Utah-based Logoworks, which just relaunched a major new user interface, has an innovative and inexpensive way of creating corporate and other logos for customers.  They outsource the project to interested and pre-approved designers who come up with design concepts.
Sean Michael Kerner / internetnews.com:
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," …
 
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Christopher Hogg / digitaljournal.com:
Microsoft Considering eBay Takeover?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell XPS M2010 gets official
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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
Shel / a shel of my former self:
Relationships as a PR goal
vnunet:
Firms must act now to fight Skype security threat
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Rated M games in Japan
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Flickr to Get Contextual Nikon Banner Ads
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Always Connected with P525 Quad-Band PDA Phone
Glenn Collins / New York Times:
The 500 Hours of 9/11  —  A vast archive of images …
Discussion: IP Democracy
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google adsense sparklines
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
Zephoria / apophenia:
blog production/consumption musings
Patrick Baltatzis / Business 2.0:
Searching for the Google of cell phones
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing

Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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