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1:25 AM ET, May 24, 2006

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John Clyman / PC Magazine:
Inside Windows Vista Beta 2  —  Microsoft continues to make improvements to the OS, flesh out the bundled programs' capabilities, and clean up bugs (though there are still plenty).  —  It's been a long and arduous journey, but Microsoft continues to make progress in its plan to release Windows Vista.
Discussion: TechBlog
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Jason Brooks / eWEEK.com:
Vista Needs More Fine-Tuning  —  Review: eWEEK Labs' tests of Windows Vista Beta 2 show steady progress, but the new 3D Aero Glass user interface in particular still flakes out.  —  At WinHEC May 23, Microsoft released Build 5384 of Windows Vista, a.k.a. Windows Vista Beta 2.
nvidia.com:
Windows Vista x86 Beta 2
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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.
Peter Hirshberg / Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Teams With The Associated Press to Connect Bloggers To More Than 440 Newspapers Nationwide  —  Technorati and the Associated Press this morning initiated a service to connect bloggers to more than 440 AP member newspapers nationwide.  —  The Associated Press is the world's largest …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
Technorati partners with AP
Discussion: Marshall Kirkpatrick
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google and that elusive diversification  —  After what PaidContent says is at least four months testing, Google is to officially launch its video ads programme.  The new format, which is deliberately unobtrusive until the user clicks on the ad and activates the video stream …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google video ads good? I think so.
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.
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPod  —  With so many people carrying around expensive iPods in their pockets or storing them in their desks, it's little wonder that an industry has sprung up around protecting those valuable little players from theft: even clothing designers like Thomas Pink are trying to get in on the action.
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Colbert Low / The Gadget Blog:
Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPods
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Computerworld:
Review and Visual Tour: Microsoft's 2007 Office Beta 2  —  Word menus and toolbars are now 'ribbons'  —  Today's Top Stories or Other Desktop Applications Stories  —  May 23, 2006 (Computerworld) — When Microsoft released the first beta of Office 12 in November, many features were promised but not ready.
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.
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Chris Leckness / MobilitySite:
i-mate Jas Jam - no not Jas Jar, no not Jam... Jas Jam  —  What do you get when you take two of the most popular converged devices and combine them?  The Jas Jam!  First off, I don't know if this name is official, but it sure looks that way.  It appears that this device is taking a name spin …
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Marc Canter: The digital lifestyle aggregator  —  Marc Canter, the founder and CEO of Broadband Mechanics, is known in the industry as a techno rabble rouser, with an operatic voice.  In 1984, he co-founded MacroMind, which became Macromedia in 1991, and has continued to pioneer multimedia authoring and standards.
Shel / a shel of my former self:
The press release is dead!  Long live the press release!  —  I've resisted jumping aboard the "press release is dead" bandwagon because I just don't believe it.  I have no argument with the issues that lead supporters of the movement to proclaim the press release's demise.
Stowe Boyd / Message:
The Downside of Advisory Capital: The No A**holes Rule Has Holes In It  —  I am preparing a presentation on advisory capital for the upcoming SVASE Startup-U event, and was laying out the basic premises of the whole business model.  I looked over my outline, and realized that I was painting an altogether too rosy picture.
Discussion: ALLIED and Zoli's Blog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft demos SideShow-enabled products at WinHEC  —  Microsoft seems to have big plans for their SideShow auxiliary display technology — besides the laptop and remote control implementations we've been expecting, they're also using the software for products that we didn't even know we needed …
 
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
The Cingular 8125 could have been the perfect Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone
Discussion: GigaOM
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VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
UltraAV HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 2 to 1 Switch
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Joe Weisenthal / DealBreaker.com:
Opening Bell: 5.23.06  —  Euronext Backs Merger Proposal By NYSE Group (WSJ)
The Space Craft:
URL Changes  —  All MSN Spaces Users:  —  Please note …
Discussion: LiveSide and InsideMicrosoft
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
MACY'S TO BRING IN IPOD VENDING MACHINES
Discussion: Ubergizmo and AAPL
Jonathan Bennett / CNET News.com:
Berners-Lee calls for Net neutrality
Microsoft:
Hardware Developers Go Live With Microsoft Services
ZDNet:
Microsoft considers taking admin rights from employees
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
A cure to citywide Wi-Fi woes?
samsung.com:
SAMSUNG Electronics Launches the World's First PCs with NAND Flash …