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5:05 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
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
'Dot-mobi' domain for mobile devices hits the Web  —  The first domain suffixes especially created for mobile devices became available on Monday, but some critics say a new domain naming plan is unnecessary.  —  On Monday, Mobile Top Level Domain, the company put in charge by the Internet Corporation …
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Apple - Hot News:
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Introduces New Version of Windows Live Local  —  New capabilities include real-time traffic reporting, new ways to collect and share search results, tight integration with Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Messenger, and geographic expansion to Canada and the U.K.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and LiveSide
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Microsoft:
Hardware Developers Go Live With Microsoft Services
fsf.org:
Protesters provide a nasty "vista" for Gates  —  Hazmat Suits Greet Microsoft Developers As They Gather For Annual Conference  —  To schedule an interview about the campaign or for more details about the event, please contact Ted Teah at the Free Software Foundation (+1 617-542-5942 x20) …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Henri Poole / DefectiveByDesign.org:   Seattle anti-DRM flashmob
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
CNET News.com:
Plaxo gets hip to VoIP  —  Plaxo, the company that drove some people nuts with e-mail invitations to its service, is getting on the voice over Internet Protocol bandwagon.  —  On Tuesday, the Mountain View, Calif., company unveiled plans to move beyond the synchronized and centralized online address book …
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.
Colbert Low / The Gadget Blog:
Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPods  —  Related entries in Announcements, Laptops  —  If you are a paranoid person with tons of gadgets in your travel bags and laptop bag, then you might want to get a lock for it.  And not just any lock will do...its gotta be a Targus.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Targus Desktop Security Lock for iPod
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.
Arne Hess / theunwired.net:
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion [UPDATE]  —  While it's neither official released yet nor O2 Germany has given a press release, the device, formerly known as "O2 Xda Hermes", appeared now in O2's own web shop as "O2 Xda trion".  —  So what's the hard facts now?
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
News.blog: Mac Mini is my most 'Vista Ready' PC  —  Last week, Microsoft released a test version of its 'Upgrade Advisor', a downloadable tool that aims to tell users how Vista-ready their system is.  —  I decided to run it on all the systems I had at my disposal and found some interesting results.
Luke Smith / 1up.com:
The Wizard Coming to DVD  —  August 29 will see 'The Wizard' finally arrive on DVD.  —  Finally.  —  Digital Bits reports that after years of waiting, The Wizard is finally coming to DVD.  Remember The Wizard?  August 29th of this year it will be available on disc format.
Discussion: Kotaku and 4 color rebellion
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
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Time and place for entrepreneurs  —  Imagine Central London has been invaded by an army of robots which are now bunkered down somewhere on Oxford Street.  —  Your mission, and that of your friends, is to find the shop on the capital's famous two-mile retail strip that harbours the enemy's lair.
Discussion: MocoNews.net
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, Boing Boing and Adrants
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
The Cingular 8125 could have been the perfect Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone  —  But it is not... quite far from it.  Why ?  Even with his price tag ($599 without a carrier subsidy ?), the Cingular 8125 (aka the HTC Wizard) has been under-spec'ed and has a few flaws:
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Evan Blass / Engadget:
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google and that elusive diversification
Sam Mcloughln / PalmAddicts:
MACY'S TO BRING IN IPOD VENDING MACHINES
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