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9:25 AM ET, May 16, 2006

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Ed Oswald / betanews.com:
Microsoft to Launch URGE This Week  —  Microsoft's next chapter in its battle against the iPod and ITunes begins this week, as the company releases Windows Media Player 11 to the public.  Additionally, Microsoft will promote heavily a test version of the URGE music service, a project it co-developed with MTV.
Discussion: SearchViews and paidContent.org
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Kyle Monson / PC Magazine:
MTV Unveils Music-Download Service  —  We've been big proponents of the all-you-can download subscription plans being used by services like Napster, Rhapsody, and others.  The latest, MTV's new Urge service, launches into public beta on Wednesday, and may give existing services a run for their subscription fee.
James Kim / CNET News.com:
Ten reasons to love WMP 11 … Wednesday, Microsoft will launch the beta version of Windows Media Player 11 for XP (WMP 11), which includes the embedded Urge music service from MTV Networks.  Additionally, iRiver today launched an updated version of the U10, called the Clix …
PC Magazine:
Windows Media Player 11
Discussion: dapreview.net
Michael Gartenberg:
First look at URGE and WMP 11
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows Media Player 11 Leaked
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld Tech Watch
news.sel.sony.com:
SONY DELIVERS WORLD'S FIRST FULL-FUNCTION POCKET-SIZED PC  —  New VAIO UX Model Combines Micro-Portable Design with Smooth Functionality  —  SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony Electronics today introduced the VAIO® UX Micro PC, placing full-size computer performance in a pocket-sized package.
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news.sel.sony.com:
SONY UNVEILS WORLD'S FIRST BLU-RAY NOTEBOOK COMPUTER  —  New VAIO PC Offers the Ultimate in High-Definition  —  SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2006 - Sony today took the wraps off the world's first Blu-ray Disc enabled notebook computer— the VAIO® AR which will be available this summer.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and MobileWhack.com
Read/WriteWeb:
Exclusive: New Yahoo! homepage  —  The world's most visited webpage, Yahoo.com, has just had a major re-design (available for now at yahoo.com/preview) and Read/WriteWeb has the inside story.  As well as the first in-depth look at the new yahoo.com, I have for you an exclusive podcast interview with Yahoo! …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Notebook Launches: Ho-Hum  —  You no longer need to see the pre-release screenshots: Google Notebook is now live at google.com/notebook.  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, Google Notebook is a direct Del.icio.us competitor.  You can bookmark content (a web page or a piece …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Notebook First Look
microsoft.com:
Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation  —  "Connecting People, Process and Information"  —  SharePoint Conference 2006  —  Bellevue, Washington  —  ANNOUNCER: Please welcome Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates.
Discussion: Ed Brill
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Microsoft:
Gates Showcases the Heartbeat of Information Management …
Discussion: Bink.nu and Microsoft News Tracker
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
New search engine's ads pay-per-action  —  PAY-PER-CLICK INVENTOR HAS HIGH HOPES FOR NEW MODEL  —  Bill Gross, the entrepreneur who first showed Google how to spin cyberspace searches into real-world gold, hopes his new search engine will teach Silicon Valley a new lesson in Internet advertising.
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Alan Schwarz / New York Times:
Baseball Is a Game of Numbers, but Whose Numbers Are They?  —  Like no other corner of American popular culture, baseball communicates in numbers.  From .406 (Ted Williams's 1941 batting average) to 755 (Hank Aaron's record home run total) to countless digits bandied about water coolers every morning …
PR Newswire:
Internet Regulator Unanimously Approves Innovative .Tel Domain  —  LONDON, May 15 /PRNewswire/ — ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) unanimously approved the creation of the new .Tel Top Level Domain (TLD) and awarded the contract to Telnic Limited.
Discussion: 21talks
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
France Debates Downloads, With Teenager as Top Expert  —  PARIS — In the current debate over laws governing music downloads here, some condemn Aziz Ridouan as an advocate of criminal piracy, while others say he represents the new generation of online consumers.
siliconvalley.com:
Supreme Court backs eBay on injunction issue  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to patent-reform advocates Monday, ruling that a small company whose patent was infringed by eBay Inc. was not automatically entitled to a court order blocking the offending service.
Guy J Kewney / newswireless.net:
That "Guy" - he really is a Guy, and not a cab driver, either!  —  OK, reset everything you've heard about my appearance on the BBC: they've found the "taxi driver" and (as I have constantly tried to explain to everybody) he isn't a taxi driver.  —  His name is Guy Goma …
ongoing:
Comments Please  —  I hope soon to begin implementing a comment system for ongoing.  This space is my notebook where I'll work out the design.  Since, as of this writing, the system exists only in theory, if you have a suggestion you'll have to send me an email.  I'll publish the helpful ones.
Discussion: Sam Ruby and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Qwest Goes From the Goat to the Hero  —  FEW customers are given to gushing about their phone companies, but before last week's report that Qwest Communications was apparently the lone holdout among the Big Four telecommunications companies secretly supplying the National Security Agency …
 
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Tim Thorpe / DailyTech:
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John Graham-Cumming:
There's one born every minute: spam and phishing
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David Carr / New York Times:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Robert Sinke / dapreview.net:
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