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7:55 AM ET, May 13, 2006

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Janet Whitman / New York Post:
YAHOO! BOO-BOO: SEMEL PASSED ON GOOGLE  —  May 12, 2006 — Acquiring Google for $3 billion seems like an impossible bargain today, but back in 2001 Yahoo! boss Terry Semel shied away from doing just that deal.  —  Semel, the former movie mogul who runs Yahoo!, met with Google's two young founders …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Yahoo CEO laments not buying Google  —  In the annals of missed opportunities by tech CEOs, Yahoo Chief Terry Semel has a doozy.  —  In a talk with The New Yorker writer Ken Auletta as part of a Newhouse School lecture series, Semel was asked what his dumbest decision was after taking the job at the Net media company in 2001.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
BBC starts to rock online world  —  The BBC has staked a claim to a virtual tropical island where it can stage online music festivals and throw exclusive celebrity parties.  —  The rented island exists in online game Second Life and will hold its first event this weekend with bands including Muse, Razorlight and Gnarls Barkley.
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Chris Taylor / Business 2.0:
Google moves into virtual worlds
Rob Hof / TechBeat:
TechCrunch Goes Green  —  Mike Arrington's well-read TechCrunch blog has a new look, as he announces on one of his other blogs, CrunchNotes.  Many of the commenters there aren't so sure about the heavy use of the color green, but as Mike explains: … Indeed, the notable change is that there's …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft VC Summit  —  Microsoft held its 6th annual VC Summit yesterday.  Over 170 VCs from around the world were invited to attend.  Steve Ballmer does the keynote speech every year and many top executives also present at the Summit.  —  The Microsoft VC Summit is an opportunity for VCs …
Discussion: BeyondVC and Vecosys
David Beisel / Genuine VC:
All Users Are Not Created Equal  —  Brad Feld called Josh Kopelman's recent blog entry, 53,651, "a perfect post."  I completely agree with Josh's fundamental premise - that there is a strong disconnect between new Web 2.0 companies claiming traction with plugged-in Silicon Valley geeks and real usage by "Mainstreet USA" consumers.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Jackass of the Week: Rob Glaser  —  I'm never quite sure what to make of Rob Glaser, CEO of Real Networks.  As his company's digital media technologies fall further behind Apple's and Microsoft's (at least in terms of popularity), he frequently pipes up in the press with ridiculous statements …
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Valleywag:
Valleyspeak: Real Networks is making jack squat
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
THOUGHTS ON GOOGLE PRESS DAY  —  A few things that strike me as we digest all the news yesterday (webcast).  (PS, Google's shareholder meeting is going on now...)  —  1. A renewed focus on search (yes, we are still about search, says Marissa in a new blog post).
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
ANOTHER HITWISE: MYSPACE SENDS 8.2% OF TRAFFIC TO GOOGLE, IMPLICATIONS  —  Wow.  I love infoporn.  I have a hunch that Mr. Murdoch is thinking hard about this graph: … There are a lot of other insights in the piece.  I've had MySpace again on my mind after talking Weds with Jon Miller, CEO of AOL.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
WSJ sez Nokia 770 followup to feature Google Talk  —  We've known since February that Nokia was working on a QWERTY-sportin' followup to the 770 Internet tablet, and now the Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the included VoIP app will indeed be, as we anticipated, Google Talk.
Discussion: MobHappy
Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
The best features from Tablet PCs I've used  —  Having used quite a few tablet pcs the past several years, I've come to appreciate the finer things about each of them.  I thought I'd compile that list for your enjoyment.  These are all subjective.  —  Best pen - The eraser pen for the HP TC1100.
Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
A low point  —  The XXX decision on Wednesday by ICANN's board, which voted 9-5 to reject the XXX contract, represents a low point for ICANN.  I am a member of ICANN's board, and I voted in favor of the agreement.  —  Here is the statement I made in connection with the vote on Wednesday afternoon:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
LAPD starts a blog  —  It's true, the LA Police Department have started their first blog.  (Found via Ed Cone on eWeek.)  They say they aim to have all 19 precincts blogging soon.  Typepad, moderated comments, using Feedburner but haven't put the new feed in their header tags for autodetection …
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Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
Blogging with OneNote 2007 via Word 2007  —  Over on the Word blog Joe Friend has broken the news about the new blogging support we've added to Word 2007.  I'm happy to say that OneNote 2007 is also going to benefit, as a feature I have long wanted will now come to OneNote 2007 - blogging support directly from OneNote.
Discussion: Neowin.net and GottaBeMobile.com
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Tara Connell / gannett.com:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Gannett acquires Planet Discover  —  Firm's technology powers Web sites' local search  —  McLEAN, VA - Gannett today acquired Planet Discover, a provider of local, integrated online search and advertising technology.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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 …
Sogrady / tecosystems:
DEBIAN, UBUNTU AND THE FUTURE OF LINUX  —  It's perhaps only fitting that I begin a defense of the Debian Linux distribution with remarks from one of the people behind one of Debian's more significant competitors.  It was efforts like Debian, after all, that are likely to have inspired the original comment.
AppleInsider:
News Flash: Apple to hold press briefing next Thursday  —  Apple Computer next week will hold a special briefing in New York City for analysts and members of the media ahead of the launch of its latest flagship retail store, AppleInsider has learned.  —  The event is scheduled for Thursday …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
 
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