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3:00 AM ET, May 15, 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.
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.
jkOnTheRun:
More Sony UX pics  —  A jkOnTheRun reader who wishes to remain anonymous just sent me these photos of the secret Sony Vaio ultra-portable.  When I blow up the first photo I see that this baby has Bluetooth, WiFi and WWAN!  —  The second photo reveals that Sony just won't give up on the Memory Stick media that everyone hates.
Discussion: Engadget and MobileRead Networks
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gtalkr Shuts Down - Possible Google Acquisition  —  I just got word that Denver-based Gtalkr shut down yesterday and the founders, brothers Wes and Dudley Carr, have taken jobs at Google.  —  Gtalkr was a really cool Flash desktop/homepage tool that integrated gmail, gtalk and Yahoo maps (Yahoo has a Flash API, Google doesn't).
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   The End of GTalkr  —  GTalkr, a web-based GTalk client developed …
Gtalkr / Everything Gtalkr:
Goodbye...  Thank you for your interest in Gtalkr.
Discussion: AMCP Tech Blog
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 …
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
Movielink and CinemaNow: Hardly Worth the Effort  —  There's never been a better time to get movies online — as long as you're paying NetFlix, Amazon or some other company to ship a DVD to you.  If you want to download the movie, however, you're going to be frustrated.  Still.
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
Can TV's and PC's Live Together Happily Ever After?  —  HOLY Grails, swirling myths and big lies seem to be in the air these days — and we're not just talking about a certain heavily publicized movie opening this week that is based on a certain megaselling novel.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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 …
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
No Neutral Ground in Net Debate  —  ACCORDING to Arianna Huffington, the use of banal, insipid language could spell doom for the Internet.  —  It is not badly written blogs Ms. Huffington is worried about, but the concept "Net neutrality."  Congress is debating whether to block Internet service providers …
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.
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 …
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Adam / BLADAM:
I've joined Google  —  A couple of months ago, I became a Googler.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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.
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
New Oracom UB-890 DAP
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
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
 Earlier Items: 
Martyn Williams / Macworld:
Sony brings remote TV to Macs and mobiles
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Back Up Your Blog
Kevin Kelly / New York Times:
Scan This Book!  —  In several dozen nondescript office buildings …