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11:40 PM ET, May 2, 2006


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Microsoft may delay Windows Vista again — Gartner  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s long- awaited release of the upgrade to its flagship Windows operating system will likely be delayed again by at least three months, research group Gartner Inc. said on Tuesday.
Michael A. Silver /
Windows Vista Unlikely to Ship Before 2Q07  —  Microsoft's track record is clear; it consistently misses target dates for major operating system releases.  We don't expect broad availability of Windows Vista until at least 2Q07, which is nine to 12 months after Beta 2.  —  Price: US$195.00
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Gartner says Vista to ship in 2007
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Entropia Universe Players Can Cash Their Online Earnings at the A.T.M.  —  When you put your card into an automated teller machine, view your balance on the screen and then receive money from the dispenser, you probably understand that a merely electronic notion — your bank account …
Discussion: VTOR
Cash card taps virtual game funds  —  A real world cash card that allows gamers to spend money earned in a virtual universe has been launched.  —  Gamers can use the card at cash machines around the world to convert virtual dollars into real currency.  —  The card is offered by the developers …
Gwen Hinze / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Blogging WIPO: The Broadcasting/ Webcasting Treaty Hits the Fast Track - SCCR 14, Day 1  —  The U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights Committee meets this week to discuss the latest redraft of the contentious new Broadcasting Treaty.
Discussion: Techdirt
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:   UN cooking podcast-killing treaty
What's New in Firefox  —  Firefox is a security update that is part of our ongoing program to provide a safe Internet experience for our customers.  We recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version.  — Security fix for denial of service vulnerability.
RELATED ITEMS:   Description  —  Martijn Wargers and Nick Mott each described crashes …
New York Times:
Microsoft and Google Set to Wage Arms Race  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, described Google in an interview late last year as a worthy adversary, a company to test Microsoft's mettle.  "This is hypercompetition, make no mistake," Mr. Gates observed.
Stuart / mesh blog:
marketing 2.0 and that darn long tail  —  For the past 50 or more years, advertising has been based on one basic concept: yelling at people via the television, works.  You could get enough of them in one place, nice and passive, and if you delivered the right message enough times you could create awareness.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Retaliation for Antispam Success?  —  An unusual spam war has erupted on the net, pitting an apparently irate spammer against an Israeli antispam firm that claims it's making junk e-mailers think twice about bugging its customers.  —  Blue Security's controversial method uses reverse spam …
Discussion: SunbeltBLOG
Jenstar / JenSense: and Yahoo Publisher Network apparently don't mix  —  MySpace has long been a marketing tool and a great way to drive traffic to other sites or advertising.  But if you happen to be monetizing with MySpace and using Yahoo Publisher Network, you may get your account suspended …
Net neutrality missing from sweeping telecom bill  —  update The U.S. Senate took the first serious step on Monday toward rewriting the nation's telecommunications laws, a move that raises politically sensitive questions about digital copyright and Net neutrality and that could take years to complete.
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
News Corp.'s New Net Bets  —  Its Fox Interactive Media has picked up two small Web companies to complement earlier Internet acquisitions such as MySpace  —  The Fox Interactive Media unit of giant News Corp. (NWS) said on May 1 that it had acquired two small Internet companies to help expand …
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
The Genius of Apple's Stores  —  Apple Computer is firing on all cylinders these days, but of all the things contributing to its success, hardly anyone mentions its chain of retail stores.  —  The stores are as important to Apple as the iPod or OS X when it comes to driving …
Discussion: AAPL
Mobile operators face wi-fi challenge  —  The UK's mobile phone networks will come under attack today as wireless internet provider The Cloud announces a low-cost tariff for unlimited web access, making it easier for people to make free calls through the web from big cities, rather than use their mobile phones.
Tony Smith / The Register:
First 'Super 3G' phones coming July?  —  BenQ Mobile has brought forward the release of its first mobile phone to support the HSDPA data speed boosting extension to 3G technology.  According to online reports, BenQ's EF91 will ship in Europe in July courtesy of a deal struck with T-Mobile.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
What's the word for lap dog?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
French DRM law gutted
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
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SANS notes sharp increase in Mac OS X flaws
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Sphere Blog Search is a Contender
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Yahoo Woos the Tech User
Jane Spencer / Associated Press:
PDA popularity triggering eyestrain
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Helio kicks off cell phone service
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A New Look at Personalized News
Elinor Mills / CNET
Newsmaker: Asking more of than of Jeeves
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
Amazon Search Finds Microsoft
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel to Offer Its Own Plan for Global Internet Access
Discussion: IP Democracy