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2:30 PM 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
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 (?)
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …:   Microsoft rethinks employee reviews ... and towels
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 …
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Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
A Few Signs of Froth Do Not a Bubble Make  —  THIS may seem familiar: A pair of venture capital firms agree to pay $26 million for a modest-size stake in a start-up that has yet to earn a penny.  A third plunks down more than $12 million for a sliver of a company started by a college kid so young he cannot legally be served at a bar.
Discussion: IP Democracy and GigaOM
CNN:
Reclusive Linux founder opens up  —  (CNN) — Portland, Oregon is the unlikely capital of a global software revolution.  The revolution is called Open Source.  And its leader?  Linus Torvalds, the reclusive founder of Linux.  —  Linux is the free software code developed by a global community of programmers.
Discussion: TechSpot and All about Linux
Andrew / Treonauts:
Treonauts At Innovate!  Europe 2006  —  I've just returned from the Innovate!  Europe event which took place throughout this week in the sunny, beautiful and extremely friendly city of Zaragoza in Spain.  —  Organized by the Guidewire Group (the same people responsible for the famous DEMO events …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Peer Pressure
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 …
mil-embedded.com:
General Micro Systems Introduces Full Featured, High-Performance PC for Military Manpack Applications  —  • Ultra small footprint - 6.5"x3.0"x 0.5" (first rugged UMPC)  —  • Fits in Warfighter's pant pouch, with 6-hour battery life  —  • Up to 1.4GHz Pentium®-M processor with up to 2Mbytes of L2 Cache
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
donnysblog.com:
One Month of Torrents is Worth More Than The GDP of France  —  We have all heard how the RIAA is suing people over piracy, giving figures such as "300 million dollars a year" in lost revenues due to piracy.  However, what you might not have heard is that this figure is actually lowballed - they are actually losing significantly more!
Discussion: Boing Boing, SearchViews and broadband
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.
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Colleges Chase as Cheats Shift to Higher Tech  —  LOS ANGELES — At the University of California at Los Angeles, a student loaded his class notes into a handheld e-mail device and tried to read them during an exam; a classmate turned him in.  At the journalism school at San Jose State University …
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
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
Ed Hardy / brighthand.com:
Verizon Denies Motorola Q Launching Next Week  —  A few days ago, Motorola CEO Ed Zander promised that the oft-delayed Motorola Q would finally launch next week.  —  Verizon Wireless recently began running promotions touting the fact that it will be the first wireless carrier to offer …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, jkOnTheRun and Gadgetell
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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