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5:20 AM ET, May 23, 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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Microsoft:
A Computer You Can Afford  —  Microsoft FlexGo technology makes …
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Bink.nu
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
BSOD in this case stands for Blue Screen of Debt
Discussion: MSFT
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft tests 'pay as you go' computers
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft pitches pay-as-you-go PCs
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Microsoft making better music?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google 'Click to Play' Video Ads  —  Today Google is launching "click-to-play" video ads that will appear in its AdSense network.  The ads will be part of the same auction as text and graphical ads and feature the same targeting capabilities.  It's a fascinating development that starts …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Moves to Sell Space for Video Spots on Network of Web Sites  —  GOOGLE is taking its first steps to go after the huge market for television advertising this week with a new service that will place video commercials on the many Web sites where it sells advertising.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Extends Virtualization Strategy, Outlines Product Road Map  —  Microsoft puts Windows Server virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager on the fast track, and announces the intent to acquire Softricity Inc., a leader in application virtualization solutions within the virtualization space.
Andrew Donoghue / CNET News.com:
Counting the cost of counterfeiting  —  Q&A As the head of Microsoft's antipiracy program, Michala Alexander has one of the more unenviable posts in the software giant's U.K. operations.  —  Despite successfully shutting down a prolific trader in unlicensed software last week, Alexander admits that the odds are stacked against her.
Discussion: M-Dollar
manchestereveningnews.co.uk:
Motorists 'ignoring phone ban'  —  HUGE numbers of motorists risk causing accidents by driving while using their mobile phones, eating, drinking, smoking, reading maps or even putting on or removing clothing, a survey reveals today.  —  More than half of motorists still talk and text …
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Carlo / Techdirt:   Shocker — Cell Phone Driving Bans Don't Really Make Roads Safer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Time.com Adds "Sphere It" Links  —  San Francisco-based blog search engine Sphere is less than a month old, and already has links to its "Sphere It" functionality embedded in a number of time.com articles (example).  Tony Conrad, Sphere's CEO, says that they are currently testing the feature with Time.com.
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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.
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
Cerias / CERIAS Weblogs:
Reporting Vulnerabilities is for the Brave  —  May 22nd, 2006 by Pascal Meunier in Policies & Law, R&D, Infosec Education, Secure IT Practices, Kudos, Opinions and Rants  —  I was involved in disclosing a vulnerability found by a student to a production web site using custom software (i.e. …
Discussion: Slashdot and Techdirt
pcpro.co.uk:
Dell plans to open two retail stores  —  Dell has announced plans to open two retail stores later this year, abandoning its adherence to Internet and mail order sales.  —  The Austin-American Statesman reports that the computer maker will open a store in Dallas, close to its Texas home …
Tony Smith / The Register:
LG quietly launches 8GB music player  —  LG UK has launched an 8GB HDD-based alternative to Apple's iPod with the catchy name 'MFJM53'.  But there's nothing pedestrian about the player's design, with its clean lines and its 1.77in, 262,144-colour, touch-sensitive OLED screen.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
May Wong / Associated Press:
Company offers online delivery system  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A startup company plans to launch an online commerce system Monday that would give people more options in how to get and use digital downloads including games, songs and videos.  —  Cupertino-based Navio Systems Inc.'s software …
Discussion: Techdirt
USA Today:
TiVo's Guru Guide to help viewers sift through shows  —  NEW YORK — People used to be able to get by with a TV Guide.  Now it seems they need a TV concierge to help sort through all the choices.  —  At least that's the thinking behind the TiVo Guru Guide, a new feature that the digital video recorder …
Discussion: unmediated and PVR Wire
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Download Your TV - The Current Options  —  Downloadable television, first made popular by Tivo and its competitors, is compelling stuff.  As consumers become accustomed to watching a show whenever they choose, pausing at will and fast tracking through commercials, tuning in to a station …
 
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Sony to Develop Walkman Brand Cell Phone
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Dan Milmo / Guardian:
Setanta backers spend $15m in search for the next Yahoo
Tolles / Topix.net Weblog:
TOPIX TAGS AP IN DEAL
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
If Feedburner dies - we're going to live
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola and Verizon announce Q: $199
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google retains lead in U.S. search market
Evan Blass / Engadget:
SanDisk wants you to say iDon't to iPod
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