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6:20 PM ET, May 14, 2006

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
U.S. Says Microsoft Browser Is No Threat to Competition  —  The Justice Department, in a court filing, said yesterday that it found that the design of Microsoft's new Web browser did not pose a threat to competition in the lucrative new market for Internet search.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Feds clear Microsoft's browser  —  Despite Google's behind-the-scenes lobbying, the US Justice Department has formally okayed the design of the web-search feature built into the new version of Microsoft's still-dominant Internet Explorer browser, reports the New York Times this morning.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Feds add two years to Microsoft antitrust deal
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Vista search seems fair, regulators say
Discussion: Vecosys
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Myth, Reality & Future of Web 2.0  —  This week's hot meme has many of the thought leaders, investors and pundits doing a bit of hand wringing about the whole Web 2.0 thing.  Some have called for a sanity check, and others called it a bubblet.  —  The discussion flared up when Josh Kopelman …
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
My Commencement Speech at SIMS  —  Yesterday, I was asked to give the commencement address for the UC Berkeley School of Information (often known as SIMS, for its old name, the School of Information Management and Systems).  —  I was happy to see that the three masters projects selected for special awards …
Gtalkr / Everything Gtalkr:
Goodbye...  Thank you for your interest in Gtalkr.  Unfortunately, the Gtalkr instant messaging client is no longer available.  The Gtalkr website has been taken down while we pursue new projects as Google employees.  Thank you to everyone who tried out, regularly used, and supported Gtalkr.
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of GTalkr  —  GTalkr, a web-based GTalk client developed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gtalkr Shuts Down  —  I just got word that Denver-based Gtalkr shut …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Kerry Anne Walsh / The Age:
Transferring music ruled legal  —  TRANSFERRING music from CDS onto iPods and other MP3 players will no longer be illegal after federal cabinet agreed to make sweeping changes to copyright laws.  —  But beware the trap of downloading from the internet.  The Government will increase surveillance …
Adam / BLADAM:
I've joined Google  —  A couple of months ago, I became a Googler.  Since my boss—Matt Cutts—has already so kindly introduced me on his blog, I feel this is probably a good time to say a few words about my new job  —  The short version: I'm honored, humbled, a bit nervous, and yes, very happy.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Better conversations  —  For months, a post by Tom Hespos and a related post has rolled around in my head.  In my mind, having a someone doing engineering communication (reading blogs, participating in forums, answering questions at conferences or online) has helped Google to get good feedback …
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.
Virginia Heffernan / New York Times:
In Tokyo, the New Trend Is 'Media Immersion Pods'  —  ALL cities takes a toll, and at times all city dwellers have to take their leave.  When life in Istanbul gets too stressful, people can head to the baths.  In Rio there's the beach.  In Tokyo, though, the antidote to urban overload is more of the same.
mailonsunday.co.uk:
Fare comment!  —  He is the BBC's latest star - the cab driver who a leading presenter believed was a world expert on the internet music business.  —  The man stepped unwittingly into the national spotlight when he was interviewed by mistake on the corporation's News 24 channel.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
A browser just for Gmail  —  In a dual gesture of both kicking Mail.app to the curb and flexing the power of Xcode, Michael McCracken has built his own streamlined browser just for using Gmail.  Quirky browser behaviors and avoiding the distractions that come from multiple browser windows …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and Hawk Wings
jkOnTheRun:
Sony viral marketing campaign hints at a new Sony U ultra-portable  —  Sony has borrowed a page from the Origami marketing campaign and has been running a teaser video for the past few days.  They are adding a little bit of information each day and it has certain segments all a-twitter …
Google Blogoscoped:
Why We Trust Google (German Audio)  —  A German podcast discusses the question, why do we trust Google more than Microsoft?  (Vier Nasen tanken Super is a new German podcast show by Mario Sixtus, Heiko Hebig, Nico Lumma and Sebastian Keil.)  —  Mario Sixtus argues people who believe in Google …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
A New RSS Feed Search Engine Emerges  —  RSS Micro is a new dedicated RSS feed search tool built with Ajax.  It's very straightforward, fast, easy to use and it searches both news feeds and blogs.  Also, best of all, it delivers good results.  —  RSS Micro has a couple of features that differentiate it from others.
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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Josh Hallett / hyku | blog:
Corporate Media vs. Personal Media
Kurt Opsahl / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
DOJ Moves to Dismiss AT&T Class Action under Cover of Night
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
Sony brings remote TV to Macs and mobiles
Discussion: Infinite Loop
BetaNews:
Google Click Fraud Settlement Hits Snag
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 Earlier Items: 
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Music: More clues?
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
An Interesting View on Apple and the iPod
David Kirkpatrick / CNN:
The Net's not-so-secret economy of crime