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11:55 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
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.
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.
Discussion: Keep Trying
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Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft's May 18th 2006 - a Big Turning Point (?)  —  Pre-Town Hall: Is May 18th a big turning point of a day?  Is it my first big step into the sunset of blog obsolescence?  —  I'd love Microsoft to start its big internal defrag today, shrugging off the past of dysfunctional competitive reviews unattached to team success.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:   Microsoft rethinks employee reviews ... and towels
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Chris Wetherell / Official Google Reader Blog:
You can now use Google Reader from your phone.  —  Google Reader can now be placed in your pocket, your handbag, your backpack, or thrown from person to person in a game of "keep away".  We've just released a mobile-friendly interface for Google Reader.  —  If you use the Google Personalized Homepage …
 
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Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
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Publisher, be very, very afraid?  —  I just saw a printed copy …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Skype's Net Neutrality gamble: we'll be so big, they can't stop us
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