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4:15 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.
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Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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
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!
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 …
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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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 …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
French Digital Music Copyright Bill Advances  —  PARIS, May 11 — Resisting pressure from business, French lawmakers have moved the country a step closer to a copyright law that would have wide-ranging effects on those selling or listening to digital music.  —  The Senate passed the bill …
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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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%).
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 …
Discussion: Shoemoney and Mashable*
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.
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 …
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Google Notebook - who should be worried?  —  Google Press Day 2006 has come and gone and, having had a day to think about the announcements made at the event and to read some commentary, it occurs to me that the most interesting announcement just might be Google Notebook.  Why?  Two reasons actually.
Stevenberlinjohnson / stevenberlinjohnson.com:
CAN WE PLEASE KILL THIS MEME NOW  —  Jason linked to this op-ed on the "endangered joy of serendipity": … I find these arguments completely infuriating.  Do these people actually use the web?  I find vastly more weird, unplanned stuff online than I ever did browsing the stacks as a grad student.
Discussion: Joho the Blog and Jackie Danicki
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: Download Squad, 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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anti-social networks legislation
nttdocomo.com:
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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:
Tech Workers of the World, Unite
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
In Our Post-PC Era, Apple's Device Model Beats the PC Way
Guardian:
'We have a lot on our plate and we prioritise'