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1:30 PM ET, June 1, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally!  Bloglines Blog Search  —  Ask.com, which owns the most popular stand alone web based feed reader, Bloglines, has just rolled out its long awaited new blog search engine.  —  Ask/Bloglines has been the subject of a considerable number of jokes over the last year, after promising a blog search engine last summer.
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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 …
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Vonage to Customers: Pay Up
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and Techdirt
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:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Battles YouTube, But Forgets to Bring Flickr
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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype software to ship on Dell laptops
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat creates social networking site  —  Prominent Linux distributor Red Hat has revealed a new open source social networking service called Mugshot.  Designed to facilitate integration of live social interactivity into the desktop computing experience, Mugshot emphasizes communication and entertainment.
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.
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.
Discussion: Paul Kapustka's Blog
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.
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 …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Chicago Police Using Scooters To Take Bites Out of Crime, Donuts  —  Ah, the police.  They're here to ensure all citizens behave according to the established societal norms, making sure that everyone abide by the social contract into which they have entered.  Oh, and now in Chicago they roll around on scooters.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, The Browser and Ubergizmo
Paul Kallender / BBC:
Fuel cells in laptops edge closer  —  Electronics companies are promoting fuel cells as an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to traditional lithium ion batteries.  —  The technology promises to supplement or replace today's batteries in laptops.
Discussion: Engadget and Dvorak Uncensored
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.
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Make Vendors Liable for Bugs  —  Have you ever been to a retail store and seen this sign on the register: "Your purchase free if you don't get a receipt"?  You almost certainly didn't see it in an expensive or high-end store.  You saw it in a convenience store, or a fast-food restaurant.
 
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Aaron Wright / Apple Matters:
The 9 Best Widgets  —  Little attention has really been given …
gizmag.co.uk:
50 mph Quadski converts from Jetski to ATV in five seconds
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Understanding the Changes We're Driving
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Seeking Alpha:
Google Inc. Investor Update Conference Call Transcript (GOOG)
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Newspapers woo bloggers with mixed results
Discussion: Business Filter
Reuters:
Segway in deal to beat scooter sticker shock
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iRex poised to take B2B orders for iLiad e-book reader
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com and TeleRead
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Unshackling your digital media player with Zing
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 Earlier Items: 
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Stardust virus lands on OpenOffice
nokia.com:
Seek and Ye Shall Find: Mobile Search Expands across Europe
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft officially launches paid security product
Caroline E. Mayer / Washington Post:
Banks Honor Bogus Checks and Scam Victims Pay
Discussion: Techdirt
Peter Lewis / CNN:
The PS3: More than a game  —  Will the high price scare gamers away …
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Kotaku
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
PC's That Are a Lot Smaller Than a Breadbox
Discussion: Screenwerk
Think Secret:
Briefly: Intel-based Xserve due this summer
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AMD Live! PC Launch Backed By Free Media Apps
Discussion: paidContent.org and Engadget