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12:10 PM ET, May 5, 2006


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New York Times:
AOL to Add Free Phone to Instant Messaging Feature  —  AOL is preparing to offer the 41 million users of its instant messaging system a free phone number that will allow people to call them from regular phones while they are online.  —  The move is part of a broad effort by AOL …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and VoIP Watch
USA Today:
AOL's 'AIM Phoneline' offers free local phone number  —  DULLES, Va. — AOL is close to unveiling a voice-over-Internet service, based on its AIM instant messenger, that would give any AIM user a local phone number for free.  —  Dubbed AIM Phoneline, the free number would only allow for incoming calls from any phone.
Mike / Techdirt:
AIM Gets Into The VoIP Game
Discussion: The VoIP Weblog
Microsoft to Acquire In-Game Advertising Pioneer Massive Inc.  —  Massive's technology for weaving dynamic, relevant ads into video games will extend next-generation advertising across Microsoft properties and beyond.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 4, 2006 — Today at the seventh annual MSN® …
Globe Investor / Globe and Mail:
INGRAM: Apple wins, but who loses?  —  Steve Jobs, benign dictator: It's funny how our view of what is right changes depending on whether we like the person who is making the rules.  Take Apple and iTunes for example.  After months of negotiations — and months before that filled with sniping …
Mike / Techdirt:
Misplaced Blame Over iTunes Pricing
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
There's some Reader in my Homepage!  —  Reader and the Google Personalized Homepage have always been kindred spirits, seeing as both deal with feeds (and the teams sit 10 feet apart).  We're therefore very happy to announce that your Reader reading list (or any label of your choosing) can now be added as a module to the homepage.
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's Weblog:
"Innertube" leaves local affiliates in a rip tide  —  So CBS has launched a broadband channel (innertube).  This should surprise no one, since Viacom owns CBS and Viacom channels MTV (overdrive) and Comedy Central (motherload) have similar broadband channels.  It's a smart move by CBS, but once again, what about the affiliates?
Yahoo! Publisher Network:
Maintaining a Quality Network  —  As noted on certain message boards, some publisher accounts have been recently closed.  These account closures were based solely on traffic quality issues.  —  Yahoo! Publisher Network is still an invite-only beta program.
Annalee Newitz / Wired News:
The RFID Hacking Underground … James Van Bokkelen is about to be robbed.  A wealthy software entrepreneur, Van Bokkelen will be the latest victim of some punk with a laptop.  But this won't be an email scam or bank account hack.  A skinny 23-year-old named Jonathan Westhues plans to use a cheap …
Richard Querin / Renaissance Man:
Ahh, it's linked to Attention ©  —  Some follow-on discussion about the linking question by Justin Peterson who makes a very good point in that while I want the viewpoint of the writer on a given subject, it's likely not the only view I want.  Moreover, I prefer to own my own judgements on things.
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Big Question Unanswered by a Tiny PC  —  ACCORDING to legend, they teach you in journalism school to remember the five W's: who, what, when, where and why.  —  This week, Microsoft unveiled a new kind of computer called the Ultra Mobile PC — and has good answers to four of those questions.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ultra Mobile PC's panned by New York Times
Houston Chronicle:
(PZ) Nassau County Legislator Sues Google for Promoting and Profiting from Child Pornography  —  Suit Charges Google as World's Largest Facilitator and Distributor of Child Pornography  —  WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 4, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) — Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz, P.C. …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Spam War Knocks Out Blogs  —  An Israeli antispam company said Thursday that a junk e-mailer's vendetta is behind attacks this week that took down its site, five hosting providers and one of the internet's largest blog networks.  —  The website of Blue Security, a service that sends automated opt …
Discussion: Things That
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Free Vista (and Office) for holiday shoppers?  —  Jupiter's Michael Gartneberg has a great suggestion for Microsoft: give holiday season PC purchasers a free copy of Vista.  And Office.  It's a terrific idea that would spur a lot of fence-sitting potential PC purchasers to spend their holiday bucks …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Net censorship spreads worldwide  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Repressive regimes are taking full advantage of the net's ability to censor and stifle reform and debate, reveals a report.  —  Written by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) pressure group the report highlights …
Discussion: Bleeding Edge
Kcamp-Voip / Realtime-VoIP:
BridgePort Networks and Seimens in the News  —  This is fortuitous timing.  I knew BridgePort had a cool announcement coming shortly.  I recently traded email with someone from Siemens that started from my post, Siemens Gets It.  What could be next?  A joint announcement -
Discussion: VoIP Watch and EuroTelcoblog
Thomas F. Anglero / Telecom's Tsunami:
The State of MobileIP (Mobile VoIP) in Norway (reflections of the Nordic market)  —  Yesterday, Telenor AS announced another set of great results for Q1'06 but these results might be the last good news to come out of the Nordics.  Moments later, Telenor Venture (Telenor's external VC group) …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cingular Vs AT&T: The Name Game  —  The changing pieces on the great telecom chess board has brought the grand old name, AT&T, into the lime light again.  SBC, which had acquired AT&T quickly renamed itself AT&T. Now post BellSouth merger, even Cingular is going to go with AT&T brand name.
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog and ALLIED
Darren Rowse / Make Money Online …:
Get a Bag of Schwag from ValleySchwag!  —  If you've ever been to a conference you know the anticipation connected with the Schwag Bag which comes filled with bribes gifts from vendors hoping that by giving you a pen, t-shirt, condom, coffee mug, USB drive that you'll buy their product …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Coolest Gadgets
MySpace blocks Buzznet  —  MySpace is at it again.  The site blocked embedded YouTube videos last year (but then, saying it was a "misunderstanding," fixed it).  But Buzznet is a direct competitor, with similar photo-sharing, friend-linking, and other social features.
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Transform PSP into a mobile!
Discussion: Engadget, VoIP Now and jkOnTheRun
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Sony, Apple, Microsoft, and others form digital exchange group
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OpenStreetMap To Free The Isle of Wight (Map)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MuniFi No Woes!  —  My previous post on MuniFi woes resulted …
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Silicon Valley RFID company, Savi, sells for $400 million
 Earlier Items: 
Nanko Roussev /
Pantech is preparing Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone for Verizon
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Blu-ray discs delayed by a month
Discussion: Engadget and
Microsoft and QUALCOMM to Revolutionize the Next Generation of Smartphones
Discussion: Phone Scoop and MobileTracker
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
OnHollywood: Panel on Exit Strategies for early stage companies - Buy, Hold, Sell
Jennie Lees / Joystiq:
Pre-E3: MMO roundup [Update 3]
Discussion: Kotaku and WOW Insider
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple responds to rumors of Aperture's demise, releases update
Inside AdSense Team / Inside AdSense:
New referrals for Google Pack and Picasa