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2:40 PM ET, May 20, 2006


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Play  —  Rodrigo Sepulveda Schulz, a fellow blogger and broadband fanatic, is either a very brave man or has a plan.  He has started, a new online video company based in France, along with his cofounder Ivan Communod.  After bootstrapping it for nearly eight months …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Raises $5.1 Million: First Look
Marriage proposal at the new 5th Avenue Apple Store  —  Apple opened a new retail store last night on 5th Avenue here in New York City.  Since 5pm yesterday evening, they've had a camera trained on the store to capture the first 24 hours of the festivities and are displaying the results in a time-lapse movie on the store's site.
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.
Robert Block / Wall Street Journal:
Requests for Corporate Data Multiply  —  Businesses Juggle Law-Enforcement Demands  —  For Information About Customers, Suppliers  —  WASHINGTON — Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement efforts to secure corporate information about clients and suppliers have reached …
Tris Hussey / A View from the Isle:
Is the blogosphere ready for more aggressive monetization of blogs?  —  One of the major points of discussion at my recent Blogging 101 workshop was paying bloggers, directly, for promotional space on their blogs.  Whether it is an outright sponsorship (this blog, for example is sponsored by Blogware/Tucows) …
Discussion: Mark Evans and B.Mann Consulting
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 …
Stepto / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Word  —  Hi everyone, Stephen Toulouse here.  We've been made aware of a new vulnerability in Microsoft Word XP and Word 2003.  Customers using the Word viewer to view documents are not impacted.  Yesterday we recieved a report that a customer …
Mike / Techdirt:
Unintended Consequences Meet Patent Law Reforms  —  from the making-the-system-worse dept  —  For all the talk about patent reform these days, it's unfortunate that every time we see reform proposals, it looks like they'll make the system worse.  The latest proposal is winning lots of applause …
Continuations and GUIs  —  · Gilad Bracha asks Will Continuations Continue? in an excellent essay about whether the JVM needs continuations.  Personally I have never found them idiomatic so I have no quarrel with Gilad's reluctance, but I entirely disagree with the line of argument he uses to back it up.
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
PSA: read your MacBook user manual  —  Given all the recent MacBook Pro drama of late, what with overheating issues and all, it might be a good idea to peruse your MacBook/MacBookPro owner's manual one of these days to make sure you've covered the basics, even if most of Apple's care recommendations are obvious these days.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration and WNN
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.
ITALIAN ROBOT DOES HEART SURGERY  —  World first for technology now able to work by itself  —  (ANSA) - Rome, May 18 - A robot surgeon has for the first time carried out a long-distance heart operation completely by itself .  —  The 50-minute surgery, which took place in a Milanese hospital …
Evan Blass / Engadget:   Robot surgeon performs world's first unassisted operation
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Good usability is like "water flowing downhill"  —  "I prefer reactions in which the fabric of the organization is changed so that it's easier for people to do the "right" thing.  Like water flowing downhill."  Silkandspinach's Kevin Rutherford said that in a comment to David HH's post …
Discussion: disambiguity
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
Kinks with M6  —  You may have noticed that some of the new features in Windows Live Mail Beta have gone missing!  Well, you're right.  We hit a couple of bumps with M6, our most recent release, but we're working hard (and very late on a Friday) to bring back the great new features.
Discussion: LiveSide and The Insider
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?
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.
Discussion: ben barren, YHOO and SuperGeek
Official Google Blog:
Attention all Pearl Jam fans  —  Pearl Jam's new music video "Life Wasted" is now on Google Video for free!  Be sure to check it out now, as free streaming and download is available only until next Wednesday.  —  And in line with the band's experimental personality, Pearl Jam released the …
Discussion: Somewhat Frank
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Music gets closer
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Thomas Clark / Financial Times:
SAP boss names three potential US buyers
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The book is dead. Long live the book.