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10:00 AM ET, May 22, 2006

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Rafat / paidContent.org:
UK-Heavy Social Network Bebo Gets $15 Million Funding  —  You're reading it here first: Bebo, an SF-based social networking site which is in the middle-ground between MySpace and Facebook, and among the biggest in UK, Ireland and New Zealand, has received $15 million in venture funding from Benchmark Capital.
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
Another day, another social network gets $15M: this time it is Bebo  —  A couple of weeks ago, this BusinessWeek piece provided a good background on the recent hyperactivity around social networks - especially when it comes to VC investments.  Another large player, Bebo …
Chris Gaither / Los Angeles Times:
The One Bit of Info Google Withholds: How It Works  —  Advertisers, competitors and Wall Street analysts are frustrated by the company's secrecy.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. evolved from a tiny start-up to the shining star of American enterprise in less than a decade by bringing knowledge to billions of people.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Working with Technorati to Listen to the Global Conversation  —  Earlier this month in his State of the Blogosphere update David Sifry posted that two thirds of the global blog conversation is in non-English languages.  For example, 15% of the discussion is in Chinese.
Jessica Guynn / Contra Costa Times:
Call them equal opportunity bloggers  —  Word to the wired: Don't ask the founders of BlogHer where the women bloggers are.  —  You see, a hyperbolic debate is raging in the blogosphere: Why is this supposedly democratic medium recreating real-world inequality?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Everybody's a network  —  In the future of media, which is now, everybody is a network.  In the past, networks were defined by control of content or distribution.  But now, you can't own all distribution and content is controlled where it's created.  So, I wonder, where's the value and where's the money in the fully networked world?
Discussion: Syndicator Blog and Publishing 2.0
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Read/WriteWeb:
Coming to terms with Web 2.0  —  You know when Gartner and IBM pontificate on Web 2.0, that we've reached a point where the term has become generally acceptable - mainstream even.  Well-known research firm Gartner has drunk the kool aid: … ...and David Boloker, CTO of IBM's emerging …
Discussion: CrunchNotes and Enterprise Web 2.0
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
University server in hackers' hands for a year  —  An unprecedented string of electronic intrusions has prompted Ohio University to place at least one technician on paid administrative leave and begin a sweeping reorganization of the university's computer services department.
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
Why We Published the AT&T Docs  —  A file detailing aspects of AT&T's alleged participation in the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic wiretap operation is sitting in a San Francisco courthouse.  But the public cannot see it because, at AT&T's insistence, it remains under seal in court records.
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Justin Berton / San Francisco Chronicle:
The age of privacy  —  Gen Y not shy sharing online — but worries about spying
Discussion: apophenia
Mary Jo Foley / microsoft-watch.com:
Vista's Make Or Break Moment  —  Testers of Microsoft's latest operating system say the next build, which they're betting will hit this week, better be good.  —  It's the hour of reckoning for Windows Vista.  —  After five years of course changes, false starts and a host of beta …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedpass Does Absolutely Nothing  —  There has been a lot of debate about a new service called Feedpass over the last couple of days.  —  Feedpass, like Feedburner, will take any RSS feed URL and convert it into something more manageable.  For example, I created a TechCrunch feed at Feedpass …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable*:
Feedpass - RSS Landing Pages
Discussion: Scripting News
Lorne Manly / New York Times:
For Tiny Screens, Some Big Dreams  —  IN a nondescript office park, hard by a freeway and other markers of suburbia like Circuit City and Trader Joe's, a band of creative souls is working on another staple of the American experience: new forms of entertainment for people to fill the few remaining gaps in their media-oversaturated days.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Back to the Future... for Broadcast TV  —  Back in the 1970's, the television industry began a long period of market realignment that was caused by the introduction of a disruptive innovation called cable TV.  After decades of market incursion, cable's impact on the TV landscape is now complete …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mytago: A Real/Online World Bridge  —  Like Mozes, Mytago is trying to find an easy way for people to tag real world stuff for interaction online.  —  The idea is to create a visual tag (see image) that can be included on a website or, more usefully, somewhere offline like a poster.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to compete with FeedBurner  —  If I were going to launch a competitor to FeedBurner, here's how I'd do it.  —  First, I'd either do a deal with a registrar, become a registrar, or merge or partner with one.  It's absolutely essential that the user own the domain that their feed is hosted at …
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
The Fight Against V1@gra (and Other Spam)  —  TO the antispam researchers at MessageLabs, an e-mail filtering company, each new wave of a recent stock-pumping spam seemed like a personal affront.  —  The spammers were trying to circumvent the world's junk-mail filters by embedding their messages …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
New Media Player: Nice Features, but It's No ITunes  —  Microsoft has spent the last few years getting smacked around by Apple in the digital-music market, and it must be getting tired of this treatment.  So it's doing something drastic: It's throwing its own MSN Music store under the bus …
 
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Mark Evans:
The End of Mass Media is Greatly Exaggerated
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