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5:00 AM ET, May 17, 2006

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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Sun promises to open-source Java  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Microsystems will open-source Java—it just has to figure out how to do it, company executives said Tuesday.  —  Open-source advocates have urged Sun for years to open-source the Java programming language, but the company has resisted …
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Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Sun promises to open source Java  —  Community must help to pevent fragmentation  —  Sun Microsystems is planning to release the source code of the Java programming language, chief executive Jonathan Schwartz said at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco.
Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:   Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions
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.
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research.microsoft.com:
MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth  —  QUICK INFO  —  File Name:  —  MapCruncher-2.00.zip  —  Version:  —  2.0  —  Date Published:  —  Download Size:  —  1.4 MB  —  Overview  —  Have you ever looked at satellite photos of a building in Virtual Earth — and wished you could zoom right in and see its floorplan?
Discussion: Screenwerk and ProgrammableWeb.com
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.
Pamela Parker / ClickZ:
FeedBurner Migrates RSS Ad Network to Sites  —  RSS advertising and metrics player FeedBurner is moving beyond feeds with its latest initiative.  The company seeks to expand the volume and type of inventory it offers advertisers by enticing publishers, especially bloggers, to display its ads on their Web sites.
Discussion: SearchViews
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Dick / Burning Questions:
The Feed Powers The Site
Discussion: A VC and Conversion Rater
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Digging into Google Notebook javascript  —  A product launch just isn't the same without digging through some source code to see what goodies are hidden under the hood.  It seems like most new Google products have code hanging around that doesn't seem to do anything (yet).
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Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
Xbox 360 with HD-DVD to be priced below PS3  —  New information raises prospect of high-definition video Xbox 360 bundles  —  Retail sources in the UK have told GamesIndustry.biz that Microsoft has intimated to them that the HD-DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be priced such that console …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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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 …
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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telephonydiscussion.com:
The empire strikes back: WITH QoS  —  Back-drop:  —  "So what" ...is Quality of Service (QoS)?  The constant use of the term reminds us of the Chicken Little  —  cries that the sky is falling ...but this time it is true in the case of the ITU circuit based business  —  models!
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!
Randfish / SEOmoz | Daily SEO Blog:
Reading Between the Lines on MC's Response to Sandbox Questions  —  I want to send out a big, electronic hug (and possibly another bottle of scotch) to Mike Grehan (wherever he might be this week).  During his hour-long interview with Matt Cutts, Mike asked some of the very best questions I've heard/seen in the search industry field.
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Update: Motorola Q set to take on BlackBerry  —  The Q's weak point is Microsoft, a recent entrant to the world of push e-mail, one analyst said  —  Motorola Inc. hopes to roll out its much-anticipated Q smart phone next week, President and Chief Executive Officer Ed Zander said Tuesday.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Phone Scoop
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Indexing timeline  —  Heh.  I wrote this hugely long post, so I pulled a Googler aside and asked "Dan, what do you think of this post?"  And after a few helpful comments he said something like, "And, um, you may want to include a paragraph of understandable English at the top."  —  Fair enough.
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" …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Lotus Notes gets upgrade  —  IBM software's open format, word editor take aim at Microsoft  —  The next version of IBM Corp.'s flagship collaboration software, Lotus Notes, will challenge the dominance of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite by offering built-in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics software.
Discussion: Matusow's Blog
 
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Valleywag:
Give Michael Arrington a f**king break
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Chris Morris / CNN:
'Phantom' video game CEO charged with pump and dump scheme
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John D. Stoll / MarketWatch:
Chairman says Starbucks could start book sales by Christmas
acmqueue.com:
Learning from the Amazon technology platform
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The New Wireless Wars  —  Uncle Sam's spectrum auction opens …
Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
ICANN approves .tel domain
PR Newswire:
Intel Capital Leads Investment in Pando Networks' Second Funding Round of $7 Million
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Skype launches free call promotion in US, Canada
Discussion: VoIP Now
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
StumbleUpon launches, raises cash from well-known angels
Discussion: Mashable* and paidContent.org
Nate Koechley / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Peeling Back the Interface of the Yahoo! Home Page Beta
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Data-mining pioneer joins Microsoft
Discussion: MSFT
Jvm / Curmudgeon Gamer:
History of Console Prices (or: $500 ain't the worst...)
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Will SkypeFree KO Vonage IPO?