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8:05 AM ET, May 24, 2006

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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.
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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
nvidia.com:
Windows Vista x86 Beta 2
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
bankstocks.com:
General Terms of Use  —  PLEASE READ OUR TERMS OF USE BEFORE YOU USE OUR WEB SITE  —  By using the Site, you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use ("TOU").  If you do not agree to the terms and conditions contained in the TOU, we do not consent to provide you with access to the Site, and you should cease your use of it.
Discussion: Poynter Online
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
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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 …
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.
Richard Whitt / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Spam filter gobbles up phone bid for Cobb schools  —  There it was in the e-mail spam filter, along with offers to invigorate both your bank account and your sex life: an offer to save the Cobb County schools $250,000.  But this message was for real.  —  School officials are blaming …
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 …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos ponder patent system changes  —  WASHINGTON—In the wake of high-profile lawsuits involving BlackBerry and eBay, Congress is once again talking about fixing what the technology industry says is a thoroughly broken patent system.  —  While much of the U.S. Senate was occupied …
Discussion: Engadget
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Khosla Ventures Sponsors Carnival of the Mobilists  —  I'm really happy to announce that Khosla Ventures have agreed to sponsor the Carnival of the Mobilists from June 2006 until the end of the year, which will help us extend our presence and profile in the Blogosphere.
Discussion: m-trends.org and textually.org
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
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
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Pimp My Heart, the HeartBeat Bass Booster  —  We're not even sure what could be said about this HBBB device.  Basically the device monitors your heart beat, and then amplifies it for all the world to world to hear and see, hence the Pimp My Heart moniker.  You just jack in the HBBB interface pendant …
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
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.
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
Would you pay $100 for this laptop?  —  MIT unveiled the first working prototype of its $100 laptop today at something called the Seven Countries Taskforce Meeting, which is apparently a subset of the G8.  10-4.  —  Anyway, Photos of the mini-machine made their way to Flickr PDQ.
Discussion: TeleRead and Ubergizmo
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:
 
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