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5:05 PM ET, May 22, 2006

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Peter Hirshberg / Technorati Weblog:
Technorati and Edelman Partner on International Blogosphere  —  If there was one big take-away to Technorati's most recent State of the Blogosphere, its that the Blogosphere is going international in a Big Way.  —  Only a third of blog posts are in English; today more people post in Japanese than in any other language.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pitches pay-as-you-go PCs  —  Want to write a Word document?  Pay a few pennies.  Want to download some digital photos?  Pay a few more.  —  That's basically the idea behind FlexGo, Microsoft's latest attempt to make PC ownership more accessible to people in emerging markets.
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft tests 'pay as you go' computers
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Wired News:
Whistle-Blower's Evidence, Uncut  —  Former AT&T technician Mark Klein is the key witness in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's class-action lawsuit against the telecommunications company, which alleges that AT&T cooperated in an illegal National Security Agency domestic surveillance program.
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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.
Mark Peters / Lets Go Digital:
Samsung GX2  —  Samsung GX2 : At the Seoul International Photo & Imaging Industry Show 2006, held in Korea, Samsung Techwin unveiled a sample of what seems to be there first 10 Megapixel digital SLR camera: Samsung GX2.  At first look the Samsung GX II sample looks quite similar …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Mark Peters / Lets Go Digital:
Samsung Digimax L70  —  Samsung Digimax L70 : At the Korean Photo & Imaging 2006 event Samsung Techwin showcased their new Samsung Digimax L70 digital camera.  The Samsung L70, the Korean name is Samsung Kenox X70, is a new model of the L-series of Samsung digital cameras.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
That After-Dinner Speech Remains a Favorite Dish  —  The after-dinner speech that refuses to go away has scored another distinction: top of the charts.  —  An audio version of the roast of President Bush by Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central rose to the rank of No. 1 album at Apple's iTunes store …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google retains lead in U.S. search market  —  Google's share of the U.S. Web search market continues to edge beyond Yahoo and Microsoft, according to the latest monthly numbers released by analysis firm ComScore Networks.  —  The search giant's market share among home …
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
New from Google Labs: Google Underused Portal Service
bit-tech.net:
WMD Part II by G-gnome  —  Published: 22nd May 2006 by Peter Dickison  —  WMD Part II  —  Welcome to the second installment of Project WMD - The Weapon of Mass Destruction.  —  It has been a while since the first part of this project was published on bit-tech.net.
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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Betsya / MSN Search's WebLog:
Opting Out of Open Directory Listings for Webmasters  —  Here in Search, we are always interested in hearing about ways to improve the search experience.  And, along with Danny Sullivan and Dave Winer, customers have let us know that they wanted us to change how we used Open Directory descriptions in search results.
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.
Geeknews / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …:
Microsoft's lack of action will slow Podcasting Growth  —  Well it is pretty obvious that Microsoft did not get Podcasting support built into Windows Media Player 11 and all I can say is that they obviously blew it.  I have been debating what to say for a few days.
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Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
New Media Player: Nice Features, but It's No ITunes
Discussion: Download Squad
Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Free Broadband for the Masses  —  Backed by VC cash, a former FCC official's startup is out to provide no-fee, ad-supported wireless service  —  There's little debate whether the U.S. is a laggard in high-speed Internet access.  About 40% of U.S. households surf the Net over so-called broadband connections.
Discussion: raving lunacy and Clickety Clack
John Markoff / New York Times:
Voice Encryption May Draw U.S. Scrutiny  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 — Philip R. Zimmermann wants to protect online privacy.  Who could object to that?  —  He has found out once already.  Trained as a computer scientist, he developed a program in 1991 called Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP, for scrambling and unscrambling e-mail messages.
Discussion: Slashdot
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
SAP Without SAP - Duet  —  More than a decade ago as Project Manager implementing SAP solutions I could not understand why the Client's PM showed absolutely no interest in getting SAP-trained, or even attempting to log on to the SAP system.  The only software product he ever touched was email.
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Tales From Packaging Hell  —  The stubborn plastic casing around the Microsoft Xbox 360 faceplate seemed to laugh first at the kitchen scissors and then the steak knife that tried to penetrate it.  When 14-year-old Daniel Mroue's attempt to open the thing with a long, serrated bagel knife failed, his parents became concerned.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Business Filter
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
A Weinstein Will Invest in Exclusivity  —  Most popular Internet communities, like Facebook.com or MySpace .com, measure their success by their ability to attract new members.  A notable exception to this rule is aSmallWorld.net, an exclusive online community that is about to get bigger.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Bob Thompson / Washington Post:
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Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
Press Release : Windows Mobile-powered Motorola Q available
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
An Online Market Blooms for Video Clip Reruns
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Larry Greenemeier / InformationWeek:
Blog-Based Analysts Shake Up IT Research
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The Benefits of Highlighting Popular Posts on Your Blog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Back to the Future... for Broadcast TV
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Everybody's a network  —  In the future of media, which is now, everybody is a network.
Discussion: Message and Syndicator Blog
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
University server in hackers' hands for a year