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11:55 AM ET, May 25, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Importance Of A Competitive Search Market  —  Is Microsoft's vision to compete in search and reinvent itself as an advertising company nothing more than an attempt to get back into its familiar position as Top Gun?  Should Microsoft, Google and everyone else just give up on search and outsource to Google?
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
MicroHoo: corporate penis envy?  —  After reading endless pieces about Microsoft's obsession with search, I am forced to offer the following theory: penis envy (from Wikipedia): … Microsoft was once motivated by its own Big Hairy Audacious Goal: “a computer on every desk and in every home.”
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and A VC
Web users ‘getting more selfish’  —  Web users are getting more ruthless and selfish when they go online, reveals research.  —  The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NASA's Phoenix Mars Landing: Where To Watch On the Web  —  This could be must see TV.  But you'll only be able to watch it on the Internet: At 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, NASA begins live coverage of the Phoenix Mars Lander, as it attempts to make the first powered landing on the red planet since Viking 2 in 1976.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Resistance Is Futile  —  IT'S O.K. to liken Shigeru Miyamoto to Walt Disney.  —  When Disney died in 1966, Mr. Miyamoto was a 14-year-old schoolteacher's son living near Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital.  An aspiring cartoonist, he adored the classic Disney characters.
Discussion: GoNintendo
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Welcome to Las Vegas - Home of the technology superpower you've never heard of  —  Drive a couple of blocks past the Loose Caboose and the Carburetor Shop on E. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, and you'll find one of the world's leading technology companies.  The name of the company …
Wired News:
Hack a Nintendo DS to Make an Awesome Digital Sketchbook  —  The Nintendo DS Lite can be an excellent portable digital painting tool.  It's simple and compact, pressure-sensitive, easier to view in daylight than a laptop and inconspicuous.  And, when coupled with the paint application Colors …
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS |
TV becomes social again  —  Remember the term “water cooler moment”; in which a TV show generated a social buzz and was talked about by colleagues at work after broadcast?  —  It seems to me that there are fewer and fewer water cooler moments, in part because television has become less of a cohesively social experience.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Global Dreams for a Wireless Web  —  SITTING on the porch at Finca Torrenova, his 800-acre retreat on this Mediterranean island, Martin Varsavsky ticks off the credentials of the group of Internet entrepreneurs finishing lunch at a nearby table.  —  “He has 40 million uniques, he has 50 million …
Discussion: Social Media
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
Are Machine-Learned Models Prone to Catastrophic Errors?  —  A couple of days ago I had coffee with Peter Norvig.  Peter is currently Director of Research at Google.  For several years until recently, he was the Director of Search Quality — the key man at Google responsible for the quality of their search results.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Fred / A VC:
Can We Live In Public?  —  At the start of this decade, Josh Harris (always ahead of his time) created a experimental web video project called We Live In Public.  —  This Wired magazine piece from 2001 explains the whole story.  Josh outfitted his entire apartment with video cameras …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 to make appearance at D6 Conference  —  A very tired little birdie who flew all the way from Seattle to Australia has chirped to me Windows 7 will be publically disclosed for the first time at the D6: All Things Digital Conference hosted by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher next week on May 27.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Stupid Google Tricks: Get a calendar from the search box
Discussion: Thought Clusters
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
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Discussion: DSLreports and Slashdot
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Beware of Spear Phishing by ‘U.S. Tax Court’
Discussion: Security Watch and PC World
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Inside Craigslist's Increasingly Complicated Battle Against Spammers
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Photoshop to get GPU and physics acceleration
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Facebook Platform, One Year Later
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
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