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8:35 PM ET, May 16, 2006

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Yahoo! Search blog:
Yahoo!'s New Home Page and the Future of Information  —  A few weeks ago, on a sunny spring evening, I attended a panel discussion at the UC Berkeley campus titled "The Future of Information," an event that celebrated the renaming of the University's School of Information and the redesign of its website.
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Nate Koechley / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Peeling Back the Interface of the Yahoo! Home Page Beta  —  To celebrate the launch of the public beta of the new Yahoo! home page, I want to peel back the interface and point out a few things of interest to developers.  —  First of all, I'm very proud that the new Yahoo! …
Discussion: Download Squad and Jeffrey McManus
Bill Scott / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Patterns Behind the Yahoo! Home Page Beta  —  The yahoo.com home page team has been very busy over the last few months testing the new home page to create a richer experience for our users.  There are many challenges to changing any home page.  Just imagine the challenges with changing the most trafficked home page on the entire web!
Discussion: Ajaxian and Read/WriteWeb
George Oates / FlickrBlog:
Alpha... Beta... Gamma!  —  We've just released the big round of changes I mentioned last week: New Navigation, New Search, New and Improved Organizr, and the Person Menu.  All of these improvements have been designed to help you navigate the site with less effort and organize your photos more efficiently.
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William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google Notebook Released  —  I downloaded the Google Notebook browser extension about twenty minutes ago, and have been trying it out.  —  In case you didn't hear about Google Notebook yet, it's a new tool from Google announced last week during the Google Press Day, but not planned to be released until this week.
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Jvm / Curmudgeon Gamer:
History of Console Prices (or: $500 ain't the worst...)  —  Is the $500 price tag for the crippled PlayStation 3 historically high or low?  I did a bit of number crunching to try to put that number in perspective.  These graphs tell the story: I've uploaded PDF versions: absolute and relative.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   Xbox 360 and HD DVD to drop for under $500?
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Deadline Set for Wireless Internet in Parks  —  New York City officials set a July deadline yesterday for a city contractor to have a wireless network up and running in Central Park, in what would be a major expansion of free Internet access that the city plans to replicate across its vast ribbons …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will SkypeFree KO Vonage IPO?  —  This is a classic high stakes Wall Street sucker punch.  —  The buzz on the Street is that the Vonage IPO is on the rocks.  They HAVE to raise money or they are in a world of hurt.  Their investors don't want to put another penny in and the company seems …
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Mike / Techdirt:
Skype's Free Calling: Promotional Strategy Or Attempt To Submarine Vonage IPO?
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog
Jennifer DeLeo / Gearlog:
Update: Happy Blu-Day!  —  UPDATE: Many readers are saying that this story was faked.  Well, I'm here to tell you it's far from a lie, and I have more pictures to prove it!  In fact, since I enlarged the photo, we noticed that the DVD was actually a DVD+R, not a DVD-R!
AppleInsider:
Up close and personal with Apple's MacBook (photos)  —  Apple Computer on Tuesday unveiled its newly designed MacBook consumer notebook, which features Intel Core Duo processors and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display, elegantly wrapped in a sleek industrial design reminiscent …
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL to Release YouTube Clone  —  Prepare for the launch of AOL UnCut (currently in open beta), a near perfect clone of YouTube.  The service is powered by Video Egg (see Josh Kopelman for more).  —  Videos of up to 5 minutes can be uploaded to the service, and they are then converted to the Flash 8 format (same as YouTube).
Mike Grehan / ClickZ:
Google's Matt Cutts: The Big Interview  —  › › › Search Results  —  He started off as a computer graphics guy and went on to become a Google guy.  Not just any Google guy, though.  He could well have been quoted in all the industry press and forums and blogs …
Microsoft:
MapCruncher: Interactive Web Maps Come to Life  —  MapCruncher - a prototype technology from Microsoft Research that makes it easy for users to create their own, personalized mash-ups - may revolutionize the way people use online maps.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 16, 2006 - "We love maps," says Jon Howell - and it shows.
www2.sprint.com:
Sprint Announces Plans to Be First to Offer Mobile Broadband-Capable Palm Treo Running Palm OS  —  Sprint Power Vision(SM) Smart Device Treo™ 700P by Palm features industry-unique multimedia capabilities powered by the nation's largest mobile broadband network that allows users to do more in more places
PR Newswire:
Intel Capital Leads Investment in Pando Networks' Second Funding Round of $7 Million  —  Initial Investors BRM Capital and Wheatley Partners Close Out Round  —  NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire/ — Pando Networks Inc., creators of a peer-to-peer distribution solution for the private transport …
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Duncan Graham-Rowe / NewScientistTech:
'Fly-by-wireless' plane takes to the air  —  A plane with no wires or mechanical connections between its engine, navigation system and onboard computers - only a wireless network - has been built and flown by engineers in Portugal.  —  The 3-metre-long uncrewed plane "AIVA" …
 
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Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
ICANN approves .tel domain
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Indexing timeline  —  Heh.  I wrote this hugely long post …
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David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[syndicate] Richard Edelman
Reuters:
Skype launches free call promotion in US, Canada
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
StumbleUpon launches, raises cash from well-known angels
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Data-mining pioneer joins Microsoft
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Kyle Monson / PC Magazine:
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