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10:00 PM ET, May 22, 2006

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Pay-As-You-Go Personal Computing Designed for Emerging Market Consumers  —  Broad range of partners supports Microsoft FlexGo technology.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the industry's first pay-as-you-go personal computing offerings powered …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pitches pay-as-you-go PCs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft tests 'pay as you go' computers
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
BSOD in this case stands for Blue Screen of Debt
Discussion: MSFT
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.
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Microsoft making better music?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Windows Media 11's lack of podcasting gets noticed
Discussion: New Media Sense and The Insider
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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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
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
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
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 …
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.
Bob Thompson / Washington Post:
Explosive Words  —  At BookExpo America, Publishing's Digital Wave Crashes Against a Literary Pillar  —  Think of it as the publishing industry's version of "Survivor."  —  It was late Saturday afternoon at the Washington Convention Center.  Half a dozen editors confronted an audience …
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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Business 2.0:
Your wireless future  —  Phones that get you into concerts, tell co-workers not to call now - or even display which friends are at a show.  The next phase of the mobile revolution is about to begin.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Want to get a sense of where wireless technology is headed?
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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 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
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.
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
 
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Pascal Meunier / cerias.purdue.edu:
Reporting Vulnerabilities is for the Brave
Discussion: Slashdot and Techdirt
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola and Verizon announce Q: $199
Evan Blass / Engadget:
SanDisk wants you to say iDon't to iPod
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
How not to publish a correction
Patrick Gavin / Link Building Blog:
Text Link Ads Calculator
Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
Press Release : Windows Mobile-powered Motorola Q available
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
An Online Market Blooms for Video Clip Reruns
Discussion: paidContent.org and Beet.TV
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Greenemeier / InformationWeek:
Blog-Based Analysts Shake Up IT Research
lessig.org:
Fair Use and Network Neutrality
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
A Weinstein Will Invest in Exclusivity
Discussion: Mashable* and paidContent.org
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Hollywood reportedly in agreement to delay forced quality downgrades …
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
SAP Without SAP - Duet
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