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1:25 AM ET, May 2, 2006


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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.
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 ( - Google has expressed concerns about competition from Microsoft in the Web search business in recent talks …
Discussion: TechSpot and Gadgetopia
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google/Microsoft: Careful What You Whine For  —  One of many smart comments/links to the last post re MSN's deterioration concerned the default search setting for the forthcoming IE 7.0.  As the NYT details, Microsoft is embedding a search window in the browser header of 7. with MSN …
Discussion: raving lunacy and Mike Davidson
Mike Davidson:
ABC Full Episode Streaming is Live... and it's Spectacular  —  Seinfeld fans will note the Teri Hatcher reference in the title of this post, but I just tried out ABC's full-episode streaming video service which launched a few minutes ago (around 2am this morning), and it is indeed quite nice.
Staci /
First Look:'s Ad-Supported Streaming "Experiment" [by Staci]  —  Disney's latest experiment in online video officially began overnight with single episodes of four prime-time shows: "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Alias" and "Commander in Chief."  The ad-supported streaming is set …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Nick / Rough Type:
Monetizing the wasteland  —  User-generated content is great stuff.  Why?  Because it's generated by users.  And as we all know, users are natively gifted at producing great content.  Users would have been generating great content for the last few millennia if they only had the right software tools.
Financial Times:
Apple sets tune for pricing of song downloads  —  Apple Computer on Monday revealed it had renewed contracts with the four largest record companies to sell songs through its iTunes digital store at 99 cents each.  The agreements came after months of bargaining, and were a defeat for music companies …
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.
Wired News:
Ultimate Guide to Online Video  —  What do you want to watch?  —  The answer used to depend on limits — what day it was, what time it was, what channels you got.  A handy little thing called TV Guide laid it all out.  Television was a one-way medium - big broadcasters pushing content …
Discussion: elearnspace
Kimberly S. Johnson /
Tuning in to families' needs  —  G-rated packages offered, but critics say publicity, choices fall short  —  Comcast customer Beth Stade of Lafayette, with sons Jack, 5, and Nick, 2, says she might switch to the Family Tier when the discount on her current cable package expires.
Cisco Cheng / PC Magazine:
Samsung Q1  —  With Samsung's novel Q1 device ($1,099 direct), the much-hyped UMPC platform by Microsoft and Intel has arrived.  First developed as part of the Origami project, these new, tiny Windows-based PCs are supposed to redefine how you compute on the go.
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.
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Joytech HD 9.2-inch LCD for 360  —  Hot off the presses from Lik-Sang comes the Joytech portable 9.2-inch HD LCD for the Xbox 360.  It provides beautiful 9.2-inch HD goodness along with SRS 3D surround sound gaming.  Don't fret, oversea-ers.  This LCD is compatible with PAL50, PAL60 and NTSC.
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and Kotaku
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
AmTech: Apple to double iPod nano storage  —  Analysts for American Technology Research on Monday said checks show Apple Computer to be planning a new iPod nano with twice the storage for its September quarter.  —  "Our most recent checks indicate the current 2GB and 4GB nano models …
Discussion: Engadget, SCI FI Tech and Alpha Blog
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BlogBurst to Launch Tomorrow
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Geek Chic: The Scope Watch
Discussion: SCI FI Tech and Boing Boing
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Virtual-World Business Alliance Blooms
Discussion: and SiliconBeat
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Genius tracks your Web behavior for sales people, launches with $5M
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET
Visto wins patent suit, sues BlackBerry maker
 Earlier Items: 
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
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Netflix vs. Blockbuster Revisited
Discussion: I4U News and Hacking NetFlix
Steven Page /
A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform
Fernando Cassia / Inquirer:
Abacus WristPDA: a watch goes where no PDA can go
Associated Press:
Viruses catch up to the Mac
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Five Months After Its Debut, YouTube Is a Star
Discussion: GOOG