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1:10 AM ET, May 14, 2006

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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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Kevin Kelly / New York Times:
Scan This Book!  —  In several dozen nondescript office buildings around the world, thousands of hourly workers bend over table-top scanners and haul dusty books into high-tech scanning booths.  They are assembling the universal library page by page.  —  The dream is an old one: to have in one place all knowledge, past and present.
Discussion: TeleRead, Rough Type and robhyndman.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Back Up Your Blog  —  BackupMyBlog is a new service (in public beta) that will automatically back up blogs daily (I love the heavy use of green in the design).  This is a much needed tool.  Wordpress, which is what we use for all of the TechCrunch blogs, has this feature built in …
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Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
BackupMyBlog: Auto Remote Backups for Blogs
Discussion: Webby's World
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.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The 53,651 Debate  —  I wanted to add a comment to the discussion about whether 10,000 or 25,000 or 53,651 are a significant number of users for a web service.  —  It depends on how you look at it.  Most bloggers would be very happy to have 10,000 readers, no matter how they got there.
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.
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.
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
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Music: More clues?  —  I received another email today from the person who wrote last week.  He has some more information about Google Music — none of which I can confirm, but for what it's worth I wanted to pass it along to my readers. … None of these points surprise me, they all seem plausible and predictable.
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.
Mike / michael-mccracken.net:
Webmail is not web browsing.  —  Webmail is really a separate application.  When I'm visiting GMail, I'm checking mail, not browsing the web.  So what's so bad about using a browser for this?  —  Minor Gripes  —  If I keep a browser window running with GMail, now clicking on the Safari dock icon …
 
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