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10:35 PM ET, May 23, 2006

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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.
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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.
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
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google video ads good? I think so.
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
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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.
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:   Dell gives retail another shot
Mark Evans:
Vonage IPO Apparently Over-Subscribed  —  According to CBS Marketwatch (citing Flyonthewall.com, which gathers "information" from traders, brokers and institutional investors), the Vonage IPO is "multiple times" over-subscribed.  The IPO will apparently be priced at $17 to $18 a share and raise …
Discussion: GigaOM and TechBeat
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).
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
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.
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
Microsoft:
Hardware Developers Go Live With Microsoft Services  —  Opportunities for independent hardware vendors abound as Windows Live Services take off.  —  SEATTLE, May 23, 2006 —In November, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates and Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie demonstrated …
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.
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft demos SideShow-enabled products at WinHEC
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Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPod
Discussion: The Gadget Blog
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Sphere links on Time mag site
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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 …
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Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Turbo Charge Portable Battery Charger
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Gizmodo
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
A cure to citywide Wi-Fi woes?
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