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4:25 PM ET, May 23, 2006

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Inside AdWords crew / Inside AdWords:
Click-to-play video ads for AdWords  —  We're very excited to announce the release of click-to-play video ads on the content network.  Here's Bismarck, from the Video Ads team, with the details on this new feature: … We hope you'll keep your eyes out for this new feature and let us know what you think.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google PPC Video Ads - I'm Betting Against It  —  Google will launch a new pay-per-click video ad product and syndicate it out through its Adsense Network today.  Like Google's normal text ads, Advertisers will bid for placement and will be charged when a user clicks on the video.
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.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google 'Click to Play' Video Ads
Jenstar / JenSense:   AdSense video ads graduate from rich media beta test
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Click-To-Play Video Ads for AdWords
Discussion: The Kelsey Group Blog
Financial Times:
MySpace seeks link with Google or Microsoft  —  By Richard Waters in San Francisco and Aline van Duyn in New York  —  MySpace, the fast-growing "social networking" site, is in talks to forge a internet search link with either Google or Microsoft, in a move that would confirm the emergence …
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Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown:
MySpace in Talks with Google and MSN... not Yahoo  —  Financial Times reports that MySpace is in talks with both Google and MSN in an effort to monetize those billions of page views. … Nicholas Carr writes: … So who's gonna get it?  Google's recent spate of social-search related projects could well be wooing tools for the deal.
Discussion: Bambi Francisco and The 360
Nick / Rough Type:
MySpace peddles its eyeballs  —  MySpace may be in the right space at the right time.  The massive social-networking site hasn't had much luck converting its zillions of page views into cash through old-style banner ads, so now it's reportedly seeking a search-engine partner to supply targeted pay-per-click ads throughout the site.
Discussion: Business Filter
Shannon Shoul / Apple:
Nike and Apple Team Up to Launch Nike+iPod  —  Global Collaboration Brings the Worlds of Sports & Music Together Like Never Before  —  NEW YORK—May 23, 2006—Nike and Apple® today announced a partnership bringing the worlds of sports and music together like never before with the launch of innovative Nike+iPod products.
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Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple and Nike launch $29 iPod Sport Kit
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Michael V. Copeland / Business 2.0:
Unlocking the iPod  —  If you want to buy content for Apple's iPod, you have to go through iTunes.  Navio Systems is hoping to change that.  —  In an ideal digital world, we'd be able to buy copyrighted music and videos wherever we wanted, not just on a designated store.
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May Wong / Associated Press:
Company offers online delivery system
Discussion: Techdirt
ZDNet:
Microsoft considers taking admin rights from employees  —  As Microsoft moves its internal desktop systems to Windows Vista, the company is contemplating whether to change a long running tradition and take away admin rights from its employees in order to improve security.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Company Asks U.S. to Provide Radio Space for Free Internet  —  In an ambitious proposal, a Silicon Valley company has asked the government to give it a band of radio spectrum for a free high-speed wireless Internet network that would cover most of the country and be supported by advertising.
samsung.com:
SAMSUNG Electronics Launches the World's First PCs with NAND Flash-based Solid State Disk  —  SEOUL, Korea - May 23, 2006 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in digital media technology, will release the world's first PCs embedded with a 32-Gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD).
Discussion: MobileWhack.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Q1-SSD UMPC now with NAND: only $2,430
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Browser
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
TV advertising's DVR challenge  —  This September, AOL and Mark Burnett Productions will launch "Gold Rush," an interactive game that asks players to monitor CBS television programs and commercials for clues to find $2 million in gold.  —  The game will last for approximately the first two months …
Discussion: PVR Wire, Adrants and Boing Boing
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
New Domain Name — .Mobi — Could Spur Wireless Web  —  Surfing the Web on a cellphone can be as difficult as surfing the ocean on a tiny board.  Now, a company founded by Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Vodafone Group PLC, Nokia Corp., and several other companies, aims to make it easier …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and 21talks
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Vectrotel X8 Secure Mobile Phone  —  The feds aren't going to like it when you hook up your Vectrotel X8, a normal-looking GSM cellphone that has some serious 128-bit encryption inside.  It has the usual features of a run-of-the-mill handset, such as a Bluetooth and USB connectivity …
Discussion: OhGizmo! and MobileWhack.com
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
LIVEBLOGGING BILL GATES WINHEC KEYNOTE  —  QUICK UPDATE: The Office 2007 beta is now online for download.  You'll need to click the link and follow the instruction to install it.  I will be reviewing the process later today.  —  Hat-tip: Devin  —  Starts off with a very ominous video …
Dan Zehr / Austin American-Statesman:
Dell tests the retail waters again  —  Dallas and New York-area mall stores will open later this year.  —  Dell Inc. will break its long boycott against retail sales with two stores at shopping malls later this year, but the company said it will remain true to its direct model by having shoppers order products online for delivery.
Hardy Green / Business Week:
The Great Woz Tells All  —  With his memoir due out soon, Apple inventor Steve Wozniak explains how luck and passion led to creating the breakthrough personal computer  —  As the inventor of the Apple I and Apple II, along with Apple's original software, Steve Wozniak is a living legend.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Popgadget
 
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