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1:55 PM ET, May 12, 2007

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Chris / LiveSide:
"Live Drive" is almost here - Windows Live Folders beta  —  One beta ends and suddenly five more spring up in its place.  We can finally get the talk around Windows Live going again - the Windows Live Folders site has just opened up in preparation for the beta.
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Chris / LiveSide:
Windows Live Folders beta - more info  —  As the last post on Windows Live Folders got a bit too long, here's further information on the Windows Live Folders service.  Click to enlarge the screenshots.  —  After the intial signin to the service, the user is presented with the Folders homepage …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Free-Internet plan gets S.F. controller's office OK  —  Cost savings, citywide Wi-Fi connections make EarthLink-Google offer attractive  —  The San Francisco controller's office issued a favorable review Friday on a proposal by EarthLink and Google to provide the city with free wireless Internet access.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Howard Anderson / Computerworld:
A cynic rips open source  —  Open source is not a movement; it's a religion  —  I chaired an interesting meeting the other day.  It was me against senior executives of Cisco, Agilent Technologies and Novell.  —  The subject was: Do enterprise users really want open source?  Are you strongly supporting this?
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Matthew Hurst / Data Mining:
The Future of Search  —  I spent Thursday and Friday last week in the Bay area.  On Friday I participated in Berkeley's Future of Search (FoS) event, Thursday was spent partly chatting to people at BuzzLogic (thanks Todd for breakfast at a great little place in South Park) and Barney et al at Powerset.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Next 'MacBook' update a yawner; Ultra-portable to get 13-inch display  —  A forthcoming update to Apple Inc.'s 13-inch line of consumer MacBooks won't deliver much in terms of new features, AppleInsider has learned.  Meanwhile, the dimensions of the company's ultra portable sub-notebook initiative are taking shape.
Rob Mead / Tech.co.uk:
Apple iPhone: more secrets revealed  —  Considering third-party software; smaller iPhone on the way  —  It looks like Apple may open up the iPhone to third-party apps after all.  The news came at an Apple shareholders' meeting held in Cupertino, California yesterday.
Discussion: details of a global brain and digg
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Streisand Effect  —  A Web user and his information are like a grizzly and her cub.  Come between them, and you're likely to get mauled.  —  That's what a group of heavyweight tech and entertainment companies learned last week when they tried to keep the lid on the code that could help break the electronic locks on HD-DVDs.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
What's Online: Online Ads vs. Privacy  —  FOR advertisers, and in many ways for consumers, online advertising is a blessing.  Customized messages rescue advertisers from the broad reach of traditional media.  And consumers can learn about products and services that appeal directly to them.
Discussion: The Gong Show
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple and friends hit with C&D for "actively avoiding" use of DRM tech
San Francisco Chronicle:
WHO'S AFRAID OF GOOGLE?  —  Firms in Silicon Valley and beyond fear search giant's plans for growth  —  For a company that pledged to not be evil, Google makes a lot of enemies.  —  From Madison Avenue to Hollywood, some of industry's most powerful entities are marshaling their forces …
Discussion: Valleywag
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube's New Inline Ads: Screenshots  —  YouTube is experimenting with inline ads, showing a text ad at the bottom of its player as a video is playing.  If a user clicks on the text, a video ad expands and appears layered on top of the player.  The ads are also clickable from a static post-roll.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Why does Google remember information about searches?  —  We recently announced a new policy to anonymize our server logs after 18-24 months.  We're the only leading search company to have taken this step publicly.  We believe it's an important part of our commitment to respect user privacy …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Jake's new venture: The creation generation  —  Pardon the proud dad moment while I brag about my 15-year-old son, Jake's, new online venture: Middio.com, a search engine and player for music videos on YouTube.  Jake found the quality of search there lacking, so he scraped data about the videos posted …
Discussion: howardowens.com and uncov
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
TechCrunch20 Agenda  —  I'm working on the program for the TechCrunch20 conference I'm co-hosting with Mike Arrington in September and I wanted to get a little feedback from you guys.  —  Oh yeah, we also announced three more experts for our really amazing (if I do so say myself!) panel of judges.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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