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5:40 PM ET, June 1, 2006

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The Ask.com Blog:
There's Blogs (and Feeds!)  In Our Search!  —  If you've spent any time in the candy aisle you are probably familiar with one of the best mash-ups in history: combining chocolate and peanut butter to get "two great tastes that taste great together"... the peanut butter cup.
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Ask Debuts Blog & Feed Search  —  Ask's new blog and feed search offers a high-quality alternative for finding information in the blogosphere, with a number of unique tools not found on competing services.  —  Although Ask acquired the popular Bloglines feed reader and blog search site in February 2005 …
Read/WriteWeb:
New Ask.com blog search and Bloglines upgrade (but no new UI)  —  Ask.com is releasing a new blog search feature on their search engine, as well as integrating search more into their leading web-based RSS Reader Bloglines.  You'll recall that Ask.com (or Ask Jeeves as it was known then) …
Reuters:
Vonage not giving customers a break  —  Internet phone company says it will not buy back shares from customers after stock purchased in unusual plan plummets in value.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet telephone service provider Vonage said on Wednesday it was not buying back shares allocated …
Discussion: Things That, TechEffect and Barnako.com
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Vonage to Customers: Pay Up  —  The price tanked days after the IPO.  Now individuals who reserved shares early are having second thoughts about paying for them  —  On Wednesday, Vonage Holdings (VG) said that customers who reserved shares in the Internet phone company's initial public offering …
Yahoo! Search blog:
The New Yahoo! Video - Discover, and Be Discovered!  —  Tonight we rolled out the new Yahoo! Video, an upgrade to our video search service that introduces more ways to find and share video programming, including the ability to upload your videos directly to Yahoo!  —  Here's a quick rundown of what's available to you:
Microsoft:
Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  Who: Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation  —  Where: Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  CHARLES DI BONA: Good morning, and thank you all for coming.  It's a little intimidating to be in front of a full room knowing …
Thomas Greene / Wired News:
Crashing the Wiretapper's Ball  —  CRYSTAL CITY, Virginia — The dingy hotel corridor was populated with suits, milling about and radiating airs of defensive hostility.  They moved in close-knit groups, rounding a stranger or a rival group conspicuously, the way cats do.  They spoke in whispers.
Burt Helm / Business Week:
Google Fumbles Offline  —  The search giant admits that its traditional media efforts are proceeding more slowly than expected  —  What's Google's secret to making a fortune on the Net?  Provide a relevant search result for just about any esoteric, tiny piece of information.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Telecoms call for legal fixes after Katrina  —  Days after Hurricane Katrina pummeled the Gulf Coast last August, repair crews hoping to breathe life into a damaged telephone network were temporarily blocked by government officials who refused to give phone company workers permission to enter a disaster-stricken area.
Jeremy Horwitz / ilounge.com:
Download Now: The Free iPod Book 2.0  —  Editor-in-Chief, iLounge submit a news tip  —  It's here: The Free iPod Book 2.0, by iLounge.com!  Weighing in at 194 pages, this revised and expanded second edition of our popular Book is your one-stop answer to every major iPod and iTunes question... plus much, much more.
Johanne Torres / ipcommunications.tmcnet.com:
Skype Teams with Dell for Faster VoIP Calls  —  Skype and Dell announced on Wednesday that they have joined forces for faster VoIP calls.  The companies agreed to ship Skype (News - Alert) software with new Dell (News - Alert) XPS mobile systems, which include the XPS M1210 and XPS M2010.
Tantek Çelik / Technorati Weblog:
Introducing Microformats Search and Pingerati  —  I'm very pleased to announce the technology preview of Technorati microformats search for contacts, events and reviews, and Pingerati, a microformats ping distributor to support and grow the microformats ecosystem.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft looking to work with startups  —  Microsoft and IBM have groups looking for top start-ups to work with, or possibly acquire, according to a story today in the Wall Street Journal.  (subscription required) The story profiles Dan'l Lewin who heads Microsoft's Emerging Business Team …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Sony VAIO TX800 Ultraportable Gets FCC Nod  —  Here's an 11" Sony VAIO notebook that just received FCC approval, the VGN TX800 which will start out with an Intel Core Solo ULV (ultra-low-voltage) 1.06GHz or 1.2GHz processor, eventually to be upgraded to the Intel Core Duo U2500.
Discussion: Engadget and News and reviews …
Kurt Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
A tour of Windows Vista Beta 2  —  Introduction  —  Windows Vista, Microsoft's newest OS and arguably its largest project ever has finally hit Beta 2.  Windows Vista is the latest and most complex operating system to emerge from Microsoft's Redmond, WA campus.
Discussion: Popgadget and Gizmodo
 
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
LG's "cutting edge" washing machine with designer looks
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Colin Barker / ZDNet:
UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Party like it's 1999? Not quite
biosmagazine.co.uk:
Alienware Launches LIVE! Blu-Ray Desktops
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BBC:
Woman targeted by web hackers
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Los Angeles Times:
Sony Failing to Connect in Online Music Market
Aaron Wright / Apple Matters:
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Newspapers woo bloggers with mixed results
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Reuters:
Google has no plan for its own Web browser: CEO
Reuters:
Segway in deal to beat scooter sticker shock
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Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Unshackling your digital media player with Zing
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Paul Kallender / BBC:
Fuel cells in laptops edge closer
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