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11:50 AM ET, May 24, 2007

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Direct2Dell:
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs  —  Dell plans to begin selling desktop PCs in Wal-Mart Stores in the next few weeks, the first move in a major departure from its decades-long sales strategy.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell the Dimension E521 in more than 3,000 retail locations in the United States …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell Linux PCs go on sale Thursday  —  Dell said on Wednesday night it will begin selling three models of PCs with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled on Thursday.  —  The company announced the models on its Direct2Dell Web site and said they'll go on sale at www.dell.com/open by 2 p.m. PST Thursday.
Discussion: Compiler, InfoWorld and Lifehacker
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Adsense For Video, Google Still Lagging  —  Google has announced a closed beta test of Adsense for Video.  —  According to the post on Inside Adsense, Adsense for Video consists of "in-stream" advertisements.  Publishers define at what point the advertisements will appear for each video.
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search without boundaries  —  Posted by Franz Och, Research Scientist; Maureen Heymans, Software Engineer; and Jeff Chin, International Product Manager  —  One of our goals at Google is to provide access to all the world's information.  A big obstacle for that is the language barrier.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches 'Cross-Language Information Retrieval (CLIR)'
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Agence France Presse:
Google launches search translation service
Discussion: Profy.Com
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM …
Networking Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Network Appliance F4Q07 (Qtr End 4/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Brent Bracelin - Pacific Crest Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Fourth Quarter Network Appliance Earnings Conference Call.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED  —  On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world's first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.  OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony developed new technology …
Discussion: CNET News.com and CrunchGear
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download  —  It is difficult to grasp how successful the mobile phone industry has become.  People think of it as a sideshow compared to the internet, yet in terms of revenues generated from content, it is already far bigger.  Revenues from the web are about $25bn …
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement  —  The OpenCoffee Club is "a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet" according to their recently launched social site on Ning.com.  From Cork to Capetown, Seattle to Sydney, and Paris to Palo Alto, people are getting together on a weekly basis …
Discussion: Argolon
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Make-It-Yourself 'Star Wars'  —  Lucasfilm Will Post Clips  —  From Film Saga on the Web,  —  Inviting Fans to Edit at Will  —  George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," has never hesitated to protect his intellectual property, which is why some call him "Lucas the Litigator."
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search  —  A Google Patent application newly published on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website this morning appears to furnish extensive details on Google's plans for enhanced local searches via mobile devices.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Novell and EFF Team Up to Reform Software Patents  —  Organizations Will Jointly Lobby Governments and International Organizations  —  Novell to Support EFF 'Patent Busting' Initiative  —  San Francisco (Open Source Business Conference) - Novell and the Electronic Frontier Foundation …
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SeekingAlpha:
OS Survey Results: Microsoft Can Breathe Easy As Linux Levels Off  —  Dennis Byron (Research 2.0) submits: Two interesting surveys released this week by IDC and Evans spell good news for Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) in its battle with the Linux open source software [OSS] operating system for systems dominance.
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Basics: Cellphone Banking Is Coming of Age  —  YOU'RE starting a two-week vacation far from home when you suddenly realize you left the mortgage payment on the kitchen table instead of mailing it on the way to the airport.  Or perhaps you're standing in the checkout line of a store …
BBC:
Game net distribution 'lift off'  —  Steam, an online distribution platform for videogame content, has signed up more than 13 million users, the system's owners Valve has said.  —  More than 150 PC games can be downloaded via Steam and the system has also been used to automate more than 2,500 updates to existing games.
 
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AppleInsider:
Apple's retail notebook sales up 94 percent in April
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Google AdSense Launches In-Stream Video Ad Test
Kent German / CNET News.com:
A Green cell phone
Discussion: mopocket
cellular-news:
Mobile Phones Could Wipe Car Ignition Fobs
Discussion: mopocket
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Courts Notice That CAN SPAM Isn't Supposed To Be A Tool For Individuals
NOVELL: Worldwide:
Novell Reports Completion of Independent Stock-Based Compensation Review
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What is Web 3.0?  —  My talk went well, and I did talk briefly …
John Biggs / New York Times:
Hard Drive Shifts Movie Viewing From the Desk to the Couch
 Earlier Items: 
Casey / The Channel Checkers:
iPhone Waiting Lists Grow; Manufacturing Glitch Slows iPhone Production.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple to drop new Macbooks and iMacs at WWDC?
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Ars Technica
Business Wire:
Jangl Upgrades a Billion Phones Instantly, Adds Ability to Call …
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Medill offers journalism scholarships to programmer/developers
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Bud.tv May Close Down Later This Year
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test
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