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2:05 AM ET, May 16, 2006

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Jaanus / Skype Blogs:
Free calls to all landlines and mobile phones within the US and Canada  —  We just announced that SkypeOut is now free within the US and Canada to all landlines and mobiles, until at least the end of 2006.  —  How does this work?  —  If you're in the US or Canada, you can use SkypeOut …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
SkypeOut...Is It Really Free?  —  At first blush, the big Skype announcement that it will be allow free calls to everyone in US and Canada is having a desired effect: one of glee and joy.  —  Someone did come-up with a nifty stunt to bring the focus back on Skype.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
SNAP RETHINKS SEARCH  —  As I've pointed out many times, Bill Gross, the man behind Snap (and Goto/Overture and about 25 other search related companies) is not one to take lightly.  When Snap launched, I watched closely, and while many of its features were admirable (the transparency …
Discussion: Techdirt, LiewCF.com, SearchViews and B2Day
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Snap.com Blurs Lines Between Ads, Content  —  Snap.com Blurs the Lines Between Advertising and Listings Retrieved by Objective Formulas  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Internet search engine Snap.com is hoping to expand its sparse audience by making Web surfing more like channel surfing on a TV …
Discussion: Clickety Clack
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.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
Snap.com Relaunch Mixes Ads and Organic Results  —  The Snap.com search engine is expected to relaunch today with a variety of user interface changes — chief among them a page preview and the interspersing of sponsored results with organic listings.  —  The left side of the search results …
onfiber.com:
Qwest to Acquire OnFiber Communications, Inc.  —  DENVER, May 15, 2006 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that it will acquire privately held OnFiber Communications, Inc., an Austin-based provider of custom-built and managed metropolitan Ethernet and wide-area network solutions.
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Joe / Techdirt:   Qwest Goes From Qworst To Qbest By Standing Up To NSA
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Qwest Buys OnFiber
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.
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
PALM ADDICT INTERVIEWS MICHELLE WHITE FROM PALM  —  Michelle, you are Palm Inc.'s Director of Wireless Product Marketing.  What was your personal involvement with the development of the Treo 700p?  —  MW: My role for the development of the Treo 700p smartphone was two fold.
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.
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 Gartenberg:
First look at URGE and WMP 11  —  It was first announced back before CES but today, I can start talking officially about my experiences with the new URGE music service being released jointly by Microsoft and MTV.  Rather than wait until Vista ships next year, Microsoft and MTV have gone ahead …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
Blockbuster Leaks TiVo Partnership  —  As I originally reported, TiVo and Blockbuster has had a partnership in the works.  TiVo inadvertently revealed the deal first, and Blockbuster just returned the favor... They've prematurely published the TiVo Blockbuster promotion web page.  Oops!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Alex Halperin / Business Week:
A Virtual World Targets Teens  —  Startup Doppelganger has a business model meant to keep out inappropriate material but keep the cash flowing in  —  In the beginning there was a nightclub.  On May 15 a San Francisco startup, Doppelganger, is launching the PCD Music Lounge, a spot where teenagers can dance, hang out, and look cool.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Doppelganger, A New Online Ad Model?
Discussion: Perceptric Forum and VTOR
Mark Golden / Wall Street Journal:
Out the Window  —  Are Linux operating systems as easy as promised?  We test them out.  —  Can the ordinary computer user ditch Windows for Linux?  —  The question came up when I decided that my six-year-old version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system had to be replaced.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Planet Discover Acquisition a Potential 'Turning Point' for Newspapers  —  I spoke this morning with Terry Millard, CEO of local-search vendor Planet Discover.  As has now been widely reported, the company was purchased last week for an undisclosed sum by Gannett, which is now the nation's …
Khaled / Broken Kode:
Shuttle Launched  —  Before you read this I suggest you go and have a look at the 20 mockups showing the future of WordPress.  —  The idea of redesigning the WordPress administration panel began believe it or not in December 2004.  For over a year and a half myself, Michael Heilemann …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows Media Player 11 Leaked  —  Here's your chance to play around with WMP11 a few days early  —  For those of you who don't have access to the latest builds of Windows Vista and want to get a taste of Windows Media Player 11, here's your chance.  Windows Media Player 11.0.5358.4826 has leaked and weighs in at 22.9MB.
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld Tech Watch
 
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William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR done badly
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
You Always Bet the Company
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllofMP3 Down - For Good?  —  The extremely popular …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Australia Decides It's Okay For You To Copy Your CDs To Your iPod
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