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9:35 AM ET, May 20, 2006


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Calendar of Events - Jack Black Ready to Race on Xbox Live  —  The Details:  —  Who: Jack Black  —  Registration: Fill out this entry form.  —  Game with Fame:  —  Jack Black Ready to Race on Xbox Live  —  Jack Black, one of America's funniest actors and star of the upcoming Paramount …
Discussion: Kotaku
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  —  Dozens of (mostly) European companies showcased their new consumer web applications at Innovate 2006 in Zaragoza, Spain this week.  As usual with conferences like these, the companies were young, rough and hungry.  And I see a lot of potential with at least a few of them.
Discussion: Peer Pressure and Treonauts
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?
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Joystiq Interview: Epic's Cliff Bleszinski  —  To help promote the MTV2 special on Gears of War airing tonight, Microsoft was facilitating some quick phone interviews with the game's lead designer, Cliff Bleszinski (aka CliffyB).  We got his thoughts on the game's reception at E3 …
Google Unwraps the Google Pack  —  Free Software Package Offers Users One Stop to Discover, Install and Maintain a Wide Range of Essential PC Programs  —  CES, LAS VEGAS, Nev., January 6, 2005 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Google Pack beta, a free collection of safe …
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 …
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The book is dead.  Long live the book.  —  I have nothing against books.  —  But the book is an outmoded means of communicating information.  And efforts to update it are hampered because, cuturally, we give undue reverence to the form for the form's sake.  Publish or perish, that's the highest call of our intellectual elite.
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.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Browser bug or did Yahoo! just acquire Technorati?  —  Either I just encountered a very strange browser bug, or Yahoo has just acquired Technorati.  Just moments ago, while viewing the Technorati search results for Between the Lines, I clicked through to this link about Dan Farber's interview with Dave Winer.
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