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3:15 PM ET, May 12, 2006

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Josh / Redeye VC:
53,651  —  One of the few benefits to being a technology investor based outside of Silicon Valley is that I don't spend all my time in the valley.  While I'm out in California every few weeks, I get to spend most of my time in the "real world."  —  Over the last several weeks …
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Feld Thoughts:
Web 2.0: The First 25,000 Users Are Irrelevant  —  For the past few months, whenever I talk to someone about a Web 2.0 application and hear that they already have "10,000 users", I've been telling that them the first 25,000 users are irrelevant.  —  Josh Kopelman has a perfect post up today called 53,651.
Jfriend / Joe Friend:
BLOGGING FROM WORD 2007  —  Word is a great tool for writing stuff, right?  Blogging is all about communicating with words (and pictures, too).  So, why not use Word to write your blog posts?  —  Stop, don't jump to the end of this post to push the comment button yet.  I'm not an idiot.
Ouriel Ohayon / MYBLOG by Ouriel:
TechCrunch new look  —  Mike just informed that TechCrunch has got a new look.  Clearer, simpler, easier to read.  It is online from now in the US version and will come soon to the french one.  —  here you can compare the old and new design (thanks orli)  —  I would love to hear what you think. here's a short poll
Discussion: Business Logs
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
New TechCrunch Site Launched
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and Nik Cubrilovic
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Dissecting Windows Live PR with Data  —  I am still totally hooked on Google Trends.  I am bullish for its use in PR.  In fact, so much so that I may do a series of posts on it.  Why am I so ga-ga?  Because Google Trends is an invaluable tool for building, tracking, selling and measuring …
James Moore / Jim Moore's Journal:
Share OPML, View OPML  —  Viewing lists of sites, blogs, podcasts and other rss sources is a powerful way to learn of new sources, to explore new realms of sources, and to engage new people and points of view.  Viewing lists is a terrific way to discover!  —  For example, check out the Open Irish Directory!
Reto / The Radioactive Yak:
Cricket Subscription Links and Google Coop: A How and Why Guide  —  The Short Version  —  Cricket ground details and fixtures in a Google onebox, now available via my Google Coop subscription links.  —  The Long Version (Including the 'How' and 'Why')  —  Google had a big day Wednesday …
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
New Fears of Security Risks in Electronic Voting Systems  —  CHICAGO, May 11 — With primary election dates fast approaching in many states, officials in Pennsylvania and California issued urgent directives in recent days about a potential security risk in their Diebold Election Systems touch …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Measuring PFF Against the Darknet  —  Today the Progress & Freedom Foundation (PFF), a DC-based "market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy," released a report entitled "The DMCA Dialectic: Towards Constructive Criticism."
Discussion: Infothought and IPcentral Weblog
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: Google wants special treatment in IE  —  update SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Google seems to want special treatment on Internet Explorer, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  —  His remarks centered on the default search engine in the Web browser.  Right now, when people update …
LAPD Blog:
Chief William J. Bratton's Welcome Message  —  Welcome to the LAPD Blog.  Our online journal is an interactive tool that we use to deliver real-time, unfiltered information.  We invite you to take a look inside the Department to learn more about the men and women in blue who have sworn to protect and to serve you.
Search Engine / siteadvisor.com:
The Safety of Internet Search Engines … Key Findings  — All the major search engines returned risky sites in their search results for popular keywords.  — Overall, MSN search results had the lowest percentage (3.9%) of dangerous sites while Ask search results had the highest percentage (6.1%).
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google sticks with dual-class structure  —  As expected, Google shareholders rejected on Thursday a proposal made by a pension fund holder of stock to eliminate the company's dual-class stock ownership structure.  —  Google's annual shareholder meeting also featured executives fielding questions …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Gmail Pictures : More Google Community Building  —  Gmail Pictures : More Google Community Building  —  Google is adding even more personality and "social network" traits to its interactive offerings (yes, even beyond Google Notebook & Co-op) with Gmail Pictures.
Mark Peters / Lets Go Digital:
Sony Alpha unveiled  —  Sony Alpha : Thanks to Kai Thon from DigIT we can inform you about Sony's latest hot digital imaging product; the Sony Alpha digital SLR camera.  Toru Katsumoto, Senior General Manager of AMC Division, Digital Imaging Business Group of Sony Corporation …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MobileWhack.com and Engadget
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
Robot Phone Sees, Recognizes Objects  —  Imagine using your go-with-you everywhere camera phone to robotically recognize products on sight, and have it automatically collect and report prices, reviews and more for those products on its screen.  —  That's the concept behind Bandai Networks …
Paul / rogueamoeba.com:
Hell Froze Over.  Again.  —  We here at Rogue Amoeba are happy and more than a little frightened to be unveiling the Airfoil for Windows Public Beta, available for download right now.  —  Introducing Airfoil For Windows  —  If you're not familiar with Airfoil, it enables any audio …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
lightreading.com:
Google Execs Tentative on Telecom  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) continues to take a very measured approach to telecommunications services, judging by the remarks of Google execs who spoke at a "Press Day" event at the company's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters Wednesday.
Discussion: MobHappy, Phone Scoop and MocoNews.net
 
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Julie Johnsson / Chicago Business:
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avecmobile.com:
How to upload video clips from a camera phone to YouTube
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Tony Long / Wired News:
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Don't give in to feature demands!
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
In Our Post-PC Era, Apple's Device Model Beats the PC Way
Guardian:
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