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2:10 PM ET, May 24, 2006

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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Features at Live.com Local Maps  —  The online map wars continue to escalate, as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask.com and Mapquest compete to release new features - some aimed at usability, and some designed to be just plain sexy.  We compared the online maps last month and thought Yahoo …
Gary / ResourceShelf:
Ask.com Maps Offers Aerial Imagery of Europe; Traffic New to MS …
Wall Street Journal:
Should the Net Be Neutral?  —  The "net neutrality" debate has reached a fever pitch as Congress mulls legislation that would allow Internet service providers to charge Web sites for preferred delivery of digital content.  —  Net neutrality advocates, including Internet giants like Google and Amazon.com …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Morpheus makers file suit against eBay  —  StreamCast Networks, the creators of the Morpheus file-sharing software, is alleging in a lawsuit that auction house eBay is profiting from peer-to-peer technology that rightfully belongs to it.  —  StreamCast claims in a lawsuit filed Monday …
Ephraim Schwartz / InfoWorld:
Imagining a day without Microsoft  —  If the company we love to hate disappeared tomorrow, we'd be in for still more headaches  —  Did you ever hear the warning, "be careful what you wish for, it might come true?"  Well, because Microsoft is the company most people love to hate …
Discussion: Larry Borsato, M-Dollar and The Browser
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 …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Web inventor warns of 'dark' net  —  BBC News science and technology reporter in Edinburgh  —  The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said.  —  Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels …
John Oates / The Register:
World's most expensive mobile number is 666 6666  —  The world's most expensive phone number was auctioned for charity yesterday in Qatar.  —  The number, 666 6666, sold for 10m Qatari riyals or £1.5m.  —  The previous record holder was Chinese number 8888 8888, which sold for £270,000.
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 …
Bruce Gain / Wired News:
Doom 3 Like You've Never Seen  —  Plummeting prices and advances in motherboard technologies are making dual-card graphics a must-have for serious gamers.  —  Two competing technologies, ATI Technologies' CrossFire platform and Nvidia's Scalable Link Interface, or SLI …
Discussion: Cathode Tan, TechSpot and The Test Bed
Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:
The Future of Music?  —  Ars profiles eMusic, the world's number 2 online music retailer.  And they don't use digital rights management, choosing instead to sell their songs in unprotected MP3 format.  Yes, you read that right: the world's #2 music download service doesn't use DRM technology.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple partners with Nike on iPod for runners  —  Nike and Apple announced a partnership targeting runners and iPod users.  Tune your run is a way to use the iPod to track data captured in the soles of new Nike running shoes. … Nike+ compatible running shoes range from US$85 (Air Max Moto+ …
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
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdWords Experiments With New Ad Layout at Google.com  —  A WebmasterWorld thread is reporting Sporadic Reports of Google Testing New Ad Layout.  The new ad layout shows two ads at the top, and then four ads on the bottom, but none on the right hand panel.
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Microsoft Says New Windows Is on Schedule  —  Microsoft said yesterday that Vista, the much-delayed new version of its Windows operating system, was ready for its last and broadest round of testing.  —  Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman, announced the release of the final test version of the program …
 
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Automatically sync iTunes to any folder(s)
Discussion: Gizmodo and m-trends.org
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Windows Vista Beta 2: The key word is 'Beta'
Discussion: Gizmodo, eWEEK.com and M-Dollar
Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
Unpacking the Motorola Q  —  Check it, we just out our hands …
Discussion: Engadget and MobilitySite
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Scott Matulis / irconnect.com:
United Online Announces New PrivatePhone Service
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo Project 2.0, Out Now  —  Gizmo Project, a soft phone developed …
Rob Fahey / gamesindustry.biz:
EA Looks East
Discussion: Joystiq
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Khosla Ventures Sponsors Carnival of the Mobilists
Discussion: m-trends.org and textually.org
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Read/WriteWeb:
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Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and VC Ratings
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
News.blog: Mac Mini is my most 'Vista Ready' PC
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Time and place for entrepreneurs  —  Imagine Central London …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Computerworld:
Review and Visual Tour: Microsoft's 2007 Office Beta 2