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1:20 AM ET, May 17, 2006

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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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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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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
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Xbox 360 and HD DVD to drop for under $500?
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
Discussion: Download Squad and Jeffrey McManus
Bill Scott / Yahoo! User Interface Blog:
Patterns Behind the Yahoo! Home Page Beta
Discussion: GOOG and Ajaxian
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.
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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.
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research.microsoft.com:   MSR MapCruncher for Virtual Earth
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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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 …
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!
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
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: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Money Flows Into New Start-Ups
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).
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!
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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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The New Wireless Wars  —  Uncle Sam's spectrum auction opens …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Sun promises to open-source Java
Ingrid Marson / CNET News.com:
ICANN approves .tel domain
Chris / Pearsonified:
Why Hire an Expert? (Or What the Hell is Mike Thinking?)
AppleInsider:
Up close and personal with Apple's MacBook (photos)
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[syndicate] Richard Edelman
 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
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Data-mining pioneer joins Microsoft
Discussion: MSFT
Business Week:
The Sound Of Many Hands Zapping
Discussion: Techdirt, AdJab and Zatz Not Funny
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
TV's Future is an Ad-Free, A-La-Carte Model
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[syndicate] Jeff Jarvis: The UnKeynote