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8:10 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) …
BBC:
Extortion virus code gets cracked  —  Do not panic if your data is hidden by virus writers demanding a ransom.  —  Poor programming has allowed anti-virus companies to discover the password to retrieve the hijacked data inside a virus that has claimed at least one UK victim.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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BBC:
Woman targeted by web hackers
Discussion: TechSpot and Ken McGuire Blog
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
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.
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Telio - a Better Way to do a VoIP IPO  —  Tomorrow is the IPO launch for Norway-based Telio.  While not a household name in North America, they have a following among those who attend VON events, and in my view, are the Vonage of Europe .  They have been quietly building up a great voice …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Google Inc. Investor Update Conference Call Transcript (GOOG)  —  Executives  —  Jonathan Rosenberg - SVP, Product Management  —  Analysts  —  Christa Quarles - Thomas Weisel Partners  —  [Han Tan] for Justin Post - Merrill Lynch  —  Presentation  —  Operator
 
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motorola.com:
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
LG's "cutting edge" washing machine with designer looks
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
UK firm to unveil wall-socket PC
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Party like it's 1999? Not quite
biosmagazine.co.uk:
Alienware Launches LIVE! Blu-Ray Desktops
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Los Angeles Times:
Sony Failing to Connect in Online Music Market
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft looking to work with startups
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Sony VAIO TX800 Ultraportable Gets FCC Nod
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
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Make Vendors Liable for Bugs
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Newspapers woo bloggers with mixed results
Reuters:
Google has no plan for its own Web browser: CEO
Paul Kallender / BBC:
Fuel cells in laptops edge closer
Discussion: Engadget and Dvorak Uncensored
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft officially launches paid security product
 

 
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