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6:20 AM ET, May 20, 2006


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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google, Yahoo! and MSN: Property Size-up  —  By popular demand, I've gone through several Hitwise categories to compile the table below that shows where Google, Yahoo! and MSN properties stack up in their respective categories.  The percentages represented in the right hand column …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Got Ads?
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Google's Non-Search Properties Still Struggling
Discussion: InsideGoogle, Larry Borsato and GOOG
Clint Ecker / Ars Technica:
Apple MacBook  —  Introduction  —  MacBook  —  Quick specs: Intel Core Duo T2500 CPU, 512MB RAM, 60GB hard drive, Intel GMA950 graphics  —  Price as configured: US$1,299 (shop for this item)  —  We all knew it was coming and we had a pretty good idea about what form it would be arriving in.
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Warning from Apple: don't put our laptops on your lap  —  We've heard the stories about overheating MacBook Pros, and have even heard that Apple has quietly updated the line's firmware to resolve the problem.  However, the company apparently still doesn't want to take any chances on users getting …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Raises $5.1 Million: First Look  —  I mentioned, a startup headquartered in Paris and Madrid, in my Innovate 2006 roundup.  Today they are announcing a $5.1 million Series A round, led by Frédéric Humbert of Innovacom.  —  vpod is a "best of class" service …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Europe Shows Its Stuff: Innovate 2006
Discussion: Peer Pressure and Treonauts
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: ben barren and IP Democracy
Mike / Techdirt:   When Domain Names Sell For $7.5 Million... Watch Out
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Look Who's Back: Friendster
Discussion: B2Day
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Symantec Sues Microsoft to Stop Vista  —  Company claims Microsoft is wrongfully using its Veritas storage technology in the next version of Windows.  —  Symantec has asked a U.S. court to order a halt to the development of Windows Vista, claiming that its rival is wrongfully incorporating …
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
FCC to delay AWS auction until August  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission abruptly delayed the advanced wireless services auction until Aug. 9, saying applicants needed more time to prepare for the government's sale of 1,122 wireless licenses.
Discussion: and Phone Scoop
Shel Israel / Naked Conversations:
Around the World in 23 Days  —  When Jules Verne wrote the scifi classic Around the World in 80 Days, the excitement and challenge was that technology could allow Phineas Phogg to travel at such breath-taking speed.  When Rick Segal and I circumnavigate the globe in 23 days this August …
Dennis Hissink / Lets Go Digital:
Rollei da6324  —  Rollei da6324 : Rollei introduces a new compact digital camera, the Rollei da6324.  This new compact digital camera features a 6.36 Megapixels 1/2.5 inch CCD image sensor, 2.4 inch TFT color monitor, 3x optical zoom lens and 4x digital zoom.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Tests Stock Widgets for Blogs  —  Yahoo is testing a new program that allows any publisher - especially bloggers - to put real-time stock quotes and charts on their sites.  I have been briefed on the program by the Yahoo Finance team.  A public beta is expected in early June.
Discussion: TechCrunch
US government restricts China PCs  —  The US State Department says the 16,000 computers it bought from a Chinese firm with links to the Beijing government will not be used for classified work.  —  Assistant Secretary of State Richard Griffin said the department would also alter …
Thomas Clark / Financial Times:
SAP boss names three potential US buyers  —  SAP, the world's biggest business software group, is open to an acquisition by US technology groups, according to its chairman.  —  Hasso Plattner, supervisory board chief at the German group, said in an interview with FT Deutschland …
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
Business Week:
Meet The Hackers  —  Cybercrooks are stealing billions.  An inside look at law enforcement's biggest targets  —  Dimitry Ivanovich Golubov doesn't look like an arch criminal.  A baby-faced 22-year-old Ukrainian, he is described by his lawyer as an unassuming part-time student at Mechnikov University in Odessa.
Blue Pearl Life Headsets  —  Whoever said that diamonds are girls best friend has obviously not laid eyes on ProfitWing 's BluePearls "Life" headset which will appeal to the atheistic sense of the fairer sex.  This girly Bluetooth headset weighs about 7.9 grams and has a talk time of up to 18 hours.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
Elizabeth Biddlecombe / Wired News:
DIY Phone Club Channels PC Past  —  Matt Hamrick hates standard-issue mobile phones almost as much as he loves tinkering with them to make them better.  —  The software security expert reckons he's spent around $3,000 over the past two years trying to get his calendar and e-mail to sync between his Apple computer and his phone.
David / Strobist:
Round Up: The "Starving Student" Off-Camera Light Kit  —  The SSO-CLK (for lack of a more poetic term) is designed to give you the most bang for your buck - with a nod toward extreme portability.  It will work well with any camera that can be controlled manually and has a PC synch jack.
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Browser bug or did Yahoo! just acquire Technorati?
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Random Culture
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The book is dead. Long live the book.
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Carlo / Techdirt:
FCC's Martin Hates Regulation, Except When It Suits Him Politically
One Month of Torrents is Worth More Than The GDP of France
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Colleges Chase as Cheats Shift to Higher Tech
Discussion: Techdirt
Ed Hardy /
Verizon Denies Motorola Q Launching Next Week
General Micro Systems Introduces Full Featured, High-Performance PC …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and jkOnTheRun
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Apple, a Success at Stores, Bets Big on Fifth Avenue