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6:30 PM ET, May 24, 2006

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Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Windows Vista Beta 2: The key word is 'Beta'  —  Trials and tribulations with an operating system under development  —  On the right side of Vista's home screen is the new Windows Sidebar - with little applets the user can choose.  —  Gary Krakow  —  I've just spent the past four days living …
Discussion: Gizmodo, M-Dollar and eWEEK.com
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PC World:
Ballmer: Vista Launch Could Slip Further  —  Consumer version of the OS is scheduled to launch in January 2007, but that could change.  —  The launch of the consumer version of Windows Vista, Microsoft's new operating system, could be pushed back past the stated January launch date …
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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Apple, Nike exercise iPods to track workouts  —  NEW YORK — Apple and Nike have unveiled an iPod gizmo to put more rhythm in your run: the Nike+iPod Sports Kit, the first product coming out of a new partnership between the companies.  —  The wireless kit lets Nike's new Air Zoom Moire shoes …
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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
Chris Pratley / Chris Pratley's OneNote Blog:
OneNote 2007 and Outlook: Best Buddies  —  How doth OneNote 2007 love Outlook?  —  Let me count the ways...  From the beginning of OneNote we've had a lot of requests to deepen our integration with Outlook.  In 2003 we had several connection points: you could email notes directly from OneNote …
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
Vonage Sucker Punch  —  I wrote this for Om Malik's site GigaOm on May 16.  SkypeOut just went free in North America.  I figured it was someone at Ebay trying to kill the Vonage IPO. … Man, did I catch some heat.  Almost 50 comments later, lot's of them personal, swearing that the Vonage deal …
Nick / Rough Type:
The death of Wikipedia  —  Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that "anyone can edit," was a nice experiment in the "democratization" of publishing, but it didn't quite work out.  Wikipedia is dead.  It died the way the pure products of idealism always do, slowly and quietly and largely in secret, through the corrosive process of compromise.
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 …
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, The Browser and M-Dollar
Steve Ranger / CNET News.com:
A car that slows you down  —  Vehicles in London could soon be fitted with technology that would automatically slow them down if they break the speed limit.  —  Transport For London, or TFL, said it is investigating the technology and plans to run a trial next year in an attempt to cut road traffic deaths.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista Feedback  —  I spent a few hours with Windows Vista last night, per Jim Allchin's request to send him feedback about what I discovered in terms of discrepancies and oversights.  I took that task seriously, and stayed up late to compile this far-from-comprehensive list.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell to Open Stores in 2 Malls as Experiment  —  Dell, which built its business selling PC's and other electronics directly to customers by phone and online, has decided to try something new: a storefront.  —  Dell said yesterday that it would open two mall stores this summer as a test …
Discussion: Fresh Inc.
 
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
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Scott Matulis / irconnect.com:
United Online Announces New PrivatePhone Service
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Mike / Techdirt:
Nano Scratch Class Action Plaintiff Says He Had Nothing To Do With The Lawsuit
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google AdWords Experiments With New Ad Layout at Google.com
John Oates / The Register:
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