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8:05 PM ET, May 13, 2006

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Feds add two years to Microsoft antitrust deal  —  update The Justice Department is seeking to extend the term of its landmark antitrust settlement with Microsoft by two years, blaming Microsoft's slowness in providing technical documentation to rivals.  —  In a statement released Friday …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Statement on Agreement to Extend Part of Consent Decree Related to Protocol Licensing Program  —  Microsoft voluntarily agrees to continue licensing and documenting desktop communications protocols for Microsoft Windows.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 12, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. issued …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista search seems fair, regulators say  —  The U.S. government has given its thumbs-up to Microsoft's search box plans for Vista, shrugging off concerns raised recently by Google.  —  While criticizing Microsoft for its implementation of its existing antitrust accord …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Blogging vs Traditional Media - This time its personal  —  A blog is media.  Its a platform to communicate that can reach anyone within reach of an internet connection.  Ive been writing this blog for more than 2 years and that time has allowed me to recognize the difference between a blog …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell's World Isn't What It Used to Be  —  Dell is sharply reducing prices on its computers.  —  The tactic is classic, straight out of the playbook that made the company the world's largest computer maker.  As overall demand for personal computers slows, lower your prices.
Chippy / The Carrypad UMPC journal:
Tablet Kiosk eo battery life.  New 'fix'  —  Top marks to Origamiproject forum member 'JKK' who posted that he was getting 2 hours web surfing without doing anything except enabling power-save mode on the Wifi hardware.  He didn't need to disable the USB bus as we'd been doing in previous tests.
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
Coming Soon: In-Flight VoIP Calling  —  An FCC frequency auction under way this week will likely pave the way for VoIP calls in-flight.  —  TechWeb.com  —  Like it or not, airline passengers in U.S. skies are likely to be listening to their fellow passengers talking on phones in a year or so.
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
An Interesting View on Apple and the iPod  —  I'm attending the Microsoft VC summit in California.  Some interesting presentations and updates regarding various happenings around Microsoft.  I've got some items that will be of interest to start ups which I will post about later.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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.
David Kirkpatrick / CNN:
The Net's not-so-secret economy of crime  —  The people who want to rip you off are very polite with each other when they're buying and selling credit card numbers.  —  NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Raze Software offers a product called CC2Bank 1.3, available in freeware form - if you like it, please pay for it.
Tracy / The Student Tablet PC:
CONTEST: DESIGN THE NEW STUDENT TABLET PC HEADER  —  You may have picked up from a past post that we're planning on making a big move from MovableType to WordPress.  You may also remember our move from TypePad to MovableType wasn't exactly seamless ^_^.  This time we're doing it right.
Adam Knight / afterapple.com:
AppleCared: My Life Inside Apple and AppleCare  —  You can only work in a technical service position for a limited amount of time before it loses its luster and shine, and you start to follow.  Once you've performed a job for several years, you get into the groove and know how it's done.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Apple said to be working with Softbank on "co-branded" handset  —  Japanese news agency Nikkei is reporting that Apple and new Vodafone Japan owner Softbank are working together to develop cellphones capable of downloading and playing music from the iTunes store.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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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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 do presentations at the Summit.  —  The Microsoft VC Summit is an opportunity …
Discussion: BeyondVC and Vecosys
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Gannett Buys Planet Discover; Kicks up Local Search  —  U.S. newspapers have largely maintained the artificial line that separates their classifieds from Yellow Pages.  And vice versa.  —  There have been a couple of minor Yellow Pages acquisitions over time (Hearst with White and Affiliated …
 
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