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11:35 AM ET, May 19, 2006

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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Properties - Understanding the Breakdown  —  Leveraging the custom category capability of Hitwise, I've created a category of the top 20 Google domains in order to understand the popularity of Google's varied services.  The table below details the percentage market share …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Google Reality Check
Discussion: Recognizing Deven
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Not all Macs meet Vista requirements  —  Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the Pioneer Press points out the system requirements for Microsoft's [latest piece of vaporware] soon-to-be-released update to Windows, Vista.  According to Microsoft, Vista may run on machines that don't meet their "Premium Ready PC" …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft and PC Manufacturers Make It Easier for Customers to Get Ready for Windows Vista  —  Customers can prepare for the future with the help of new "Get Ready" Web site, Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs, and the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft buys VPN specialist  —  update Microsoft has agreed to acquire Whale Communications, a specialist in secure remote access and Web application firewalls.  —  The takeover is meant to broaden Microsoft's security offerings and give its customers more options in providing secure access …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Microsoft:   Microsoft to Acquire Whale Communications, a Leading Provider …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Missed big HR meeting (MyMicrosoft is now improved)  —  Wow.  I missed a HUGE [HR] townhall, er, employee meeting today (they announced new compensation and review changes).  I just got the email from Lisa Brummel and, wow, wow, wow.  —  Is Lisa reading Mini?  Damn straight she is.
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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft's May 18th 2006 - a Big Turning Point (?)
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Apple, a Success at Stores, Bets Big on Fifth Avenue  —  Shortly after Ron Johnson joined Apple Computer in 2000, his new boss, Steven P. Jobs, summoned him to a room at the company headquarters.  Mr. Jobs, Apple's chief executive and impresario, pointed to a conference table with just four computers on it.
Reto / The Radioactive Yak:
Google Maps for Australia and New Zealand  —  Not before time, but Google Maps now features full road maps for Australia and New Zealand!  —  Users of Google Earth will already know that the satellite imagery available for most metropolitan areas of Australia is of superb quality, and now they've got the road maps to match!
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Mike Pegg / Google Maps Mania:
Big News: Google Maps street maps for ALL of Australia and New Zealand!
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
Time to hit the road  —  I had just finished up a panel where one of the smarter start up guys out there (Jason Fried of 37Signals) and I had a panel discussion about VCs and Start Ups.  I made the point about Canada being an amazing place to start up a company while Jason made an almost impassioned plea …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
My new Mac  —  The black MacBook is a very nice computer, a clear upgrade from the earlier iBook G4.  People have expressed concerns about the keyboard, but so far it's fine, no problem.  —  Well, that was too good to be true.  I hadn't installed the memory upgrade when I wrote the bit above.
Discussion: clock and Incremental Blogger
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Symantec sues Microsoft over storage tech  —  update Symantec has launched a suit charging Microsoft with misappropriating its intellectual property and with violating a license related to data storage technology.  —  The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District …
Wall Street Journal:
Vonage Faces User Complaints As IPO Looms  —  Erick Loss, a small-business owner in Chino Valley, Ariz., says he spent 11 hours, most of it on hold, trying to get someone at Vonage Holdings Corp. to cancel his Internet-based phone service and move him back to Qwest Communications International Inc …
Victor Agreda, Jr / Download Squad:
How To: Create your own game company, Part Two  —  In part one I talked about a lot of the production tools: 3d apps, game engines, and so on.  This time I want to tie that in to the business end.  How do you run the company, and how do you make money?  —  First of all, I discovered PopCap …
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Help Wanted  —  Starting immediately, Flickr is hiring for the positions below.  You'll notice there are a lot of them!  All of them are newly created positions and represent the first significant expansion of the Flickr team post-acquisition.  We're settled now, grown a few thousand percent …
Danese Cooper / New DivaBlog:
What Sun Doesn't Want You To Know About Java and Open Source  —  Yes, its been dog's years since I've blogged...but I just couldn't be silent about this.  —  Today at JavaONE my pal Geir Magnusson is announcing that Harmony has full support for SWING/AWT.  This is really big news …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos propose new action on Net neutrality  —  WASHINGTON—The push for new laws mandating Net neutrality principles appears to be gaining steam on Capitol Hill.  —  The leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee released a five-page bill on Thursday that would embed …
Karen E. Klein / Business Week:
The ABC's of Beginning Your Blog  —  Part Two — Once you determine blogging makes sense for your small business, here's how to get started  —  This is the second of my two-part series on business blogging.  Today: getting started.  My previous column dealt with the pros and cons of launching a blog …
Wired News:
Great New GPS Gadgets  —  If you don't know where you are and you don't know where you're going, then you are, as they say, lost.  —  When thrust into the unknown without navigational aid, travelers quickly fall into a state of informational paralysis, the consequences of which can range …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Associated Press:
Official: Africans pay $1,800 for 1GB of data
Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
MacBook Speed Tests: Pretty Good!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macworld
Jeffrey Burt / eWEEK.com:
Sun Grid: Developers Welcome
Discussion: Grid Meter
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Verizon getting exclusive on Moto Q
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
75-day Getting Real book stats update
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Publisher, be very, very afraid?  —  I just saw a printed copy …
Andy Hagans / Link Building Blog:
Google Doesn't Like Linking Streetwalkers & the End of 'Tri-engine …
Johnny Minkley / gamesindustry.biz:
Sony UK: "PS3 will come in at GBP 425"
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Joystiq
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Official Google Blog:
Never browse outdated posts again
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
John Doerr has gone half-Green; gets word to President
Chris Wetherell / Official Google Reader Blog:
You can now use Google Reader from your phone.
Umair / Bubblegeneration Strategy Lab:
Research Note: Discovering the Wrong Future - Denuo Mini Case Study
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
SAPPHIRE Day 1 thoughts
Mike Nowak / ceci n'est pas:
E3 Crabtacular  —  Due to the "me too" nature of a lot …
Discussion: Kotaku and Binary Bonsai
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
ISP snooping plans take backseat
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us
Discussion: 21talks and Realtime-VoIP