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12:30 PM ET, May 18, 2006

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J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Hands-on with Sony's UX50 handheld PC  —  Sony took the wraps off its Vaio UX50 ultracompact PC at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday and our colleague Martyn Williams was blessed with the chance to try out the ever-so-cool looking device.  Read on for his verdict.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Vaio UX previewed
Discussion: Core Duo Info
Robert Poe / Wired News:
The Ultimate Net Monitoring Tool  —  The equipment that technician Mark Klein learned was installed in the National Security Agency's "secret room" inside AT&T's San Francisco switching office isn't some sinister Big Brother box designed solely to help governments eavesdrop on citizens' internet communications.
Discussion: 21talks and Defense Tech
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sonyericsson.com:
Sony Ericsson introduces the Z710 - an elegant camera clamshell for the business environment and beyond  —  London, UK - 18 May 2006 - Sony Ericsson today announces the Z710, the camera phone that will appeal to the hard working person looking for a phone to fit an intensive business and private life.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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sonyericsson.com:
Elegant Z550 clamshell delivers quality 1.3 Megapixel camera and crisp colour screen  —  London, UK - 18 May 2006 - Mobile phoners looking for quality, style and good looks will love Sony Ericsson's Z550, announced today.  Finished in a combination of premium brushed metal and high gloss material …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Hardware firms oppose Net neutrality laws  —  The political debate in Washington over the concept known as Net neutrality just became a lot more complicated.  —  Some of the largest hardware makers in the world, including 3M, Cisco, Corning and Qualcomm, sent a letter to Congress …
Discussion: Techdirt and EdCone.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo: Our ads are better  —  Yahoo's new ad system is designed to let marketers target prospective consumers not only by the search terms the people use, but also by their demographics, location and what they do on other areas of the Yahoo network, executives said.
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Yahoo! Analyst Day Raw Notes
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to spell out Vista's needs  —  After months of providing only basic guidance about the kind of PC hardware needed to run Windows Vista, Microsoft is ready to get a bit more specific.  —  On Thursday, the company is expected to give details of two marketing programs that computer makers …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Blue Security Kicked While It's Down  —  Hours after anti-spam company Blue Security pulled the plug on its spam-fighting Blue Frog software and service, the spammers whose attack caused the company to wave the white flag have escalated their assault, knocking Blue Security's farewell message and thousands more Web sites offline.
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Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Under Attack, Spam Fighter Folds
Om Malik / GigaOM:
M2Z's Wireless Broadband Utopia  —  M2Z Networks, a wireless broadband start-up backed by Sandhill Road venture capitalists - Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Charles River Ventures and Redpoint Ventures - proposes to build a twin-purpose nationwide wireless broadband network, that will provide the third option for broadband services.
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Bloomberg:
Google in Brazil May Face Criminal Probe Over Orkut (Update1)  —  May 17 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., the owner of Brazil's most-used online community site, may face a criminal probe for distribution of child pornography and racist materials by its users, lawyers for the attorney general said.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Samsung's Fuel-Cell Gambit  —  The South Korean outfit is backing a project to build handsets powered by fuel cells instead of conventional batteries  —  Samsung may soon be tapping a new power source for its cell phones.  The South Korean handset maker on May 18 is announcing plans …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Michael Graves / the Infrablog:
Introducing the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider (PIP)  —  You're invited to visit and try out a beta version of an identity service we've provided.  It's called the VeriSign Personal Identity Provider ("PIP" for short), and you can find it at http://pip.verisignlabs.com.
Kathleen Craig / Wired News:
Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour  —  In what might be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, a Pennsylvania lawyer is suing the publisher of the rapidly growing online world Second Life, alleging the company unfairly confiscated tens of thousands of dollars worth of his virtual land and other property.
Tracy Staedter / Discovery News:
Brainy Scarecrow Shoos Away Birds  —  May 16, 2006— A computerized scarecrow could be the next defense against predatory birds at fish farms.  —  The Intelligent Scarecrow, designed by computer science and engineering students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, uses a computer …
Discussion: Engadget and THE RAW FEED
BBC:
Satellite radio in recordings row  —  US satellite radio firm XM is being sued by record labels over a gadget that lets listeners record songs.  —  The recording industry said XM's Inno device, which stores music and divides it into tracks, infringes copyright.
Times of London:
Holding the watchdog blogs to account  —  Bloggers wield increasing power against established institutions, but not all are practising what they preach  —  This week, the 40 millionth blog will come to life, giving voice to another person we never knew existed.
Discussion: unmediated
Michael Geist:
Canadian Privacy Community Speaks Out on Copyright Reform  —  On the heels of the recent emergence of the CMCC, Canada's privacy community is today speaking out on its concerns with the prospect of copyright reform that provides legal protections for digital rights management but fails to account for the impact on personal privacy.
Eric Weaver / Brand Dialogue:
Web 2.0/Marketing 2.0 Conference Listing  —  Time and time again, my Newsfire RSS reader tells me of conference after conference that I've MISSED the opportunity to attend, because I didn't know about them until after I had already booked client stuff.  My wife has been shocked by the stream …
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Poker Rootkit Is Hackers' Ace Up Their Sleeve
James McGovern / Enterprise Architecture:
Why aren't more enterprise architects speaking at industry conferences?
Discussion: Todd Biske's Blog
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Fast, one wire network (IP over FireWire)
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Selling Life Jackets on the Titanic: How TiVo Is Cashing In on the Interactive Age
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Adam Lashinsky / CNN:
Return of the bubble: IPOs behaving badly
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Media Player 11 Review
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Gentlemen Prefer PDFs
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 Earlier Items: 
David Pogue / New York Times:
May's Treo Leapfrogs Past January's
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cablevision's Machiavellian Move
Discussion: Mark Evans and VoIP Watch
John Siracusa / FatBits:
And we all shine on  —  The new MacBook comes with what Apple calls a …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Thoughts on Alexa data
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Firm says Macs cost only slightly more than PCs
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Top 10 social networking sites see 47% growth
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and IT Facts