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4:15 PM ET, May 1, 2006

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New Microsoft Browser Raises Google's Hackles  —  With a $10 billion advertising market at stake, Google, the fast-rising Internet star, is raising objections to the way that it says Microsoft, the incumbent powerhouse of computing, is wielding control over Internet searching in its new Web browser.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Google and choice  —  I've been thinking some more about Google's attack on Microsoft for allegedly making its search engine the default engine on its new browser (see prior post).  As Google's Marissa Mayer puts it, "We don't think it's right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN.
IEBlog:
Search in IE7 (Part 2)  —  I posted previously that in IE7, the user is in control of search, and that changing the default search provider (as well as modifying the list of search engines in IE7's list) is easy.  In this post I'll describe some of the specifics and recap feedback we've gotten from users.
CNN:
Google searches for Microsoft limits  —  Paper says the search firm has told regulators it worries about MSN being the default for Internet Explorer.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Google has expressed concerns about competition from Microsoft in the Web search business in recent talks …
Discussion: TechSpot and Gadgetopia
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Yahoo Introduces a Site on Consumer Technology  —  In one of its first major efforts to build a Web site with original material, Yahoo will introduce today a site devoted to consumer technology.  —  The site, called Yahoo Tech (tech.yahoo.com), will feature blogs on technology and a weekly video program.
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Read/WriteWeb:
Review of Yahoo Tech - by The Gen X Web 2.0 Geek  —  The big news of the night is Yahoo's release of a new technology portal, aimed squarely at non-geeks (see site tour).  To make the point it's not for geeks, the site features 4 stereotypical "advisors" (aka bloggers): The Boomer, The Mom, The Working Guy, The Techie Diva.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Tech Not Really A Threat to CNet  —  There is this meme spreading around the web that Yahoo's newly launched technology site is a big threat to C/Net and its properties.  It is getting a lot of press - WSJ and NYT are all dutifully reporting what Yahoo is preaching.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Guns for CNET Reviews
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
In Lieu of 'Lucy,' Yahoo Launches Tech
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
NEWS: YAHOO LAUNCHES TECH NEWS CHANNEL
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, April 2006 Part 2: On Language and Tagging  —  Late last month, I gave a high-level overview of the growth of the blogosphere, covering the overall size of the data sets that Technorati tracks, the number of new blogs created each day, the number of posts per day, and the issue of splogs or spam blogs.
Associated Press:
Viruses catch up to the Mac  —  Experts debate just how susceptible Apple is becoming  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Benjamin Daines was browsing the Web when he clicked on a series of links that promised pictures of an unreleased update to his computer's operating system.
PC Magazine:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1 UMPC reviewed
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Alpha Blog
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Napster Sort Of Kind Of But Not Really Free Again  —  Napster announced yet another iteration today, allowing users to stream over two million tracks on their ad-supported website and to share links to artists, albums and even specific songs through email or on other websites.
Steven Page / canada.com:
A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform  —  The Canadian music scene has been riding a remarkable wave in recent months, with packed clubs, breakout artists, and international acclaim.  While that success has garnered considerable attention, last week a group of well-known Canadian musicians took centre stage for another reason.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Eye-Fi Builds WiFi into Flash Memory  —  Sure, there are digital cameras with WiFi capability, letting you send your photos directly to the mothership with no muss or fuss, but now Eye-Fi has found a way to retrofit anything using a flash memory device for WiFi goodness …
Discussion: OhGizmo!, Engadget, Ubergizmo and Alpha Blog
paulgraham.com:
The Hardest Lessons for Startups to Learn  —  The startups we've funded so far are pretty quick, but they seem quicker to learn some lessons than others.  I think it's because some things about startups are kind of counterintuitive.  —  We've now invested in enough companies that I've learned …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Visto wins patent suit, sues BlackBerry maker  —  update Wireless e-mail vendor Visto has prevailed in a long-running patent infringement suit against rival Seven Networks, prompting a new legal challenge against Research In Motion and potentially strengthening Visto's position in a pending spat with Microsoft.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Five Months After Its Debut, YouTube Is a Star  —  Online Video Site Could Help Create Old-Media Celebs, Too  —  The closest Terry Turner comes to Washington politics is his job as a bureaucrat at the Pentagon — until, that is, he fires up the camcorder pointed at a makeshift TV studio in his Arlington apartment.
Discussion: GOOG
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Genius tracks your Web behavior for sales people, launches with $5M
Discussion: Techdirt and Alpha Blog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Let's ban "cool" codenames that don't pass search test
Discussion: Damien Mulley and Zoli's Blog
Mark Russinovich / Mark's Sysinternals Blog:
The Power In Power Users  —  Placing Windows user accounts …
Kimberly S. Johnson / denverpost.com:
Tuning in to families' needs
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Features cut from Firefox 2
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
Samsung SCH-V890/SCH-V8900 slim slider
Discussion: Gizmodo and SCI FI Tech
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Thermal grease theory
OhGizmo!:
The Horseman 3D, Non-Digital Photographic Expensiveness
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Netflix vs. Blockbuster Revisited
Discussion: I4U News and Hacking NetFlix
Fernando Cassia / Inquirer:
Abacus WristPDA: a watch goes where no PDA can go
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Voice 2.0 On A Roll
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
The Top Ten Lies of Marketers (with bonus)
Discussion: ben barren and Tech_Space
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Download Music From MyBloop.com For Free
Discussion: gHacks
Silicon Valley Watcher:
Startup School: Launch fast, update frequently and be lazy
drupal.org:
Drupal 4.7.0 released
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Securing a User-Created Metaverse