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8:50 PM ET, May 17, 2006

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Tom Yager / Macworld UK:
Apple closes down OS X  —  Thanks to pirates, or rather the fear of them, the Intel edition of Apple's OS X is now a proprietary operating system.  —  Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild, and replace the OS X kernel from source code.
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Ken Belson / New York Times:
Cablevision to Offer Flat Rates for International Phone Calling  —  Cablevision, one of the largest cable companies in the metropolitan area, will announce today a flat-rate plan for international calls, the latest example of how digital and Internet-based phone services from cable companies …
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Houston Chronicle:
Cablevision to Unveil New Calling Plan  —  NEW YORK — Cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp. is preparing to unveil a new international calling plan that lets users make calls to anywhere in the world for a flat fee of $19.95 a month.  —  Under the plan, customers get 500 minutes …
Joe / Techdirt:
Cablevision Cuts Rates Of International Calls, Days Of Voice Profits Numbered
Discussion: IP Democracy
Microsoft:
Microsoft Enterprise Search Solutions Help Enable Effective Information Management  —  New technologies such as Windows Live Search and innovations in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will help people create, find, use and share information.  —  REDMOND, Wash., May 17, 2006 …
Discussion: LiveSide
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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 …
Microsoft:   Gates Advises CEOs: Software Puts Information to Work for People
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.
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Mike / Techdirt:
Spammers Win This Round: Blue Security Shuts Down
Discussion: SearchViews
plantronics.com:
PLANTRONICS ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FIRST VOIP-OPTIMIZED BLUETOOTH HEADSET SYSTEM  —  Multipoint Technology, Easy Install Provide Road Warriors with Single Headset for Numerous Devices  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — May 17, 2006 — Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) today introduced the Voyager 510-USB …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Gadgetell and 21talks
Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Silicon Valley backs US wireless broadband plan  —  WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - Three Silicon Valley venture capital firms are backing a project to grab a slice of valuable U.S. wireless airwaves to offer nationwide high-speed Internet service, according to a recent regulatory filing.
Discussion: Techdirt and Wi-Fi Networking News
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
3D Milling Service Offered for SL Residents  —  Second Life residents will soon be able to order up physical versions of their avatars, their builds or their favorite Second Life objects in full 3D, and in a variety of materials, thanks to a pair of students at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt and InsideGoogle
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Congress may make ISPs snoop on you  —  A prominent Republican on Capitol Hill has prepared legislation that would rewrite Internet privacy rules by requiring that logs of Americans' online activities be stored, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The proposal comes just weeks …
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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.
Fred / A VC:
VC Cliché of the Week  —  There is one thing I know for sure about raising money from investors.  If you don't want the investor's money, they will want to invest even more.  It is a sure thing.  —  Lately I've been taking a lot of meetings with entrepreneurs I've known for years …
Discussion: BETA
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Tim Cadogan Talking At Yahoo Analyst Day  —  Tim Cadogan, vice president of search, up now at Yahoo Analyst Day, talking about search monetization.  He starts by saying the consumer is always first in consideration, then explains the search food chain/cycle, how questions can be answered by advertisers.
Discussion: Got Ads?
BBC:
Gamers to help create web record  —  A website that aims to record the history of videogame innovation is calling on games fanatics for help.  —  The Game Innovation Database (GIDb), as the website is known, has been developed by a team at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.
Discussion: Kotaku and THE RAW FEED
 
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Ellie Gibson / gamesindustry.biz:
20GB PlayStation 3 will be upgradeable, says Sony
Discussion: Engadget and TechSpot
Mitch Ratcliffe / Rational rants:
Surveillance society: Growing daily?
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
Xtech 2006: Paul Graham - How American are Startups?
Discussion: SEOmoz and plasticbag.org
Thomas Lenard / CNET News.com:
Perspective: Why don't we just auction the 'white space'?
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
When and When Not To Bet The Company  —  You DON'T bet your company on tactics.
Arshad Mohammed / Washington Post:
Verizon Says It Did Not Give Customer Records to NSA
Discussion: IP Democracy
eWEEK.com:
Sun's Open-Source Outreach Met with Mixed Emotions
AC/OS:
The World Wants ODF!!! (Not)
 Earlier Items: 
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Verizon Announces Treo 700p Plans, Pricing
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's Store Strategy Beat the Odds
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya heading into Web search
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How NetNewsWire 2.1 Reads Feeds
Bret Taylor / Official Google Blog:
Making AJAX development easier
Fred / A VC:
FeedBurner Moves Onto The Web
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Rocketboom's Amanda Congdon Live
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
AOL's Uncut Video; a YouTube copycat, but history suggests it's a long-shot