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2:40 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 …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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: All about Linux and TechSpot
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
Carlo / Techdirt:
FCC's Martin Hates Regulation, Except When It Suits Him Politically  —  from the seven-hundred-thousand-dirty- words dept  —  It's sort of funny how when it comes to things like net neutrality and line sharing, Kevin Martin and his cohorts at the FCC keep their hands out and spout a less-regulation …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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