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3:20 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.
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 Clickety Clack
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
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Helio launches  —  Alright kids, it's the moment we've all been waiting for (and by we, we mean the MVNO nerds).  SK Telecom's and Earthlink's joint-venture Helio is officially lighting up today with their first two devices — the Hero and Kickflip.  We're all pretty well briefed to date …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Blog Search Engine Sphere Launches  —  New blog search engine Sphere launched just moments ago and has also announced a $3.75 million round of venture financing.  In addition to covering the launch of Sphere here, we have a podcast interview with CEO Tony Conrad and advisor Toni Schneider over at TalkCrunch.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sphere Launches With New Cash
Discussion: TalkCrunch
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 …
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.
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Video bloggers claim spotlight  —  Online diaries looking a lot like television  —  Jay Dedman's life plays out in snippets of video, captured on a handheld video camera and posted on his online diary, Momentshowing.  —  A Manhattan subway bomb scare spurs him to post a photo montage of Sept. 11 and the days before and after.
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Right Place, Right Time  —  I don't want to turn this into an ad for iotum and PhoneGnome (or my agency) but the VoIP blog world is a buzz with what the power of relevance means—presence and context-meaning right place, right time a the new way to receive the calls you want, where you want, on the endpoint you choose.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BlogBurst to Launch Tomorrow  —  Pluck's new BlogBurst product will be publicly launching tomorrow, May 2, 2006.  We first had a look at it back in February, and since then the team has reached a number of important milestones: partnerships with their first mainstream publishers …
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
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
JavaDB: An idea whose time has finally come?
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Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Geek Chic: The Scope Watch
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Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture:
Virtual-World Business Alliance Blooms
Discussion: and SiliconBeat
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
AmTech: Apple to double iPod nano storage
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
Steven Page /
A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform
Associated Press:
Viruses catch up to the Mac
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Five Months After Its Debut, YouTube Is a Star
Discussion: GOOG