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11:55 AM ET, May 17, 2006

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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.
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Chris Preimesberger / eWEEK.com:   Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions
Simon Phipps / SunMink : SunMink:
JDK on GNU/Linux: Something Wonderful
Discussion: Between the Lines and Sam Ruby
Dick / Burning Questions:
The Feed Powers The Site  —  This morning, we unveiled another enhancement to our advertising platform: a feed-driven approach to positioning ads on Web sites and blogs.  The feed is the keystone to publisher content; by managing the feed and providing the FeedFlare service …
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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
Fred / A VC:
FeedBurner Moves Onto The Web
Discussion: inside analytics
AppleInsider:
Apple's MacBook sports user-replaceable hard disks  —  First on AI: Owners of Apple Computer's new MacBook consumer notebooks will find that upgrading or replacing the computer's hard disk is as simple as adding more memory.  —  The notebooks, which are some of the most redesigned personal computers …
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
In the Fight Against Spam E-Mail, Goliath Wins Again  —  Eran Reshef had an idea in the battle against spam e-mail that seemed to be working: he fought spam with spam.  Today, he'll give up the fight.  —  Reshef's Silicon Valley company, Blue Security Inc., simply asked the spammers to stop sending junk e-mail to his clients.
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?
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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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates to demonstrate new search software  —  Microsoft is hoping that social networking techniques will help win a few friends for its enterprise search technology.  —  On Wednesday, as part of a keynote speech to executives gathered in Redmond, Wash., for Microsoft's annual CEO Summit …
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: Gizmodo and Phone Scoop
Associated Press:
Google Inc. Tweaks Its Video Service  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Internet search leader Google Inc. is making it easier to post and share online videos on its site, hoping to widen the appeal of a service that so far has been eclipsed by upstart YouTube.com.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Announces Treo 700p Plans, Pricing  —  Verizon Wireless e-mailed me their plans and pricing for the new Treo 700p last night.  The new Palm smartphone will arrive in stores "within the next few weeks," which puts Verizon's delivery around the same time as Sprint's version.
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!
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya heading into Web search  —  Riya has been the darling of the Web 2.0 crowd, drawing kudos from every corner of the blogosphere.  Riya's facial and text recognition technology is unique among all the photo uploading sites, but CEO Munjal Shah has bigger ambitious-searching across billions of publically available images.
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's Store Strategy Beat the Odds  —  When Apple Computer Inc. opened its first Apple retail store in 2001 in a shopping mall in McLean, Va., critics saw the initiative as an expensive, dubious gamble.  But as Apple prepares to take the wraps off its latest, most ambitious store yet …
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot  —  AOL releases UnCut Video, a complete YouTube copycat.  —  The only difference is that UnCut doesn't support tagging (via TechCrunch).  Too bad it's such a blatant clone.  These sorts of moves rarely succeed.
Google Blogoscoped:
Suing Google Suggest  —  Oh my - someone's apparently suing Google for the Google Suggest feature, which suggests cracks of a certain software.  As you may know the Google Suggest feature, as used in the Google Toolbar, is a (slightly moderated) approach of offering suggestions based on popular searches, as you type.
 
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