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5:35 AM ET, May 25, 2006

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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shows off JPEG rival  —  SEATTLE—If it is up to Microsoft, the omnipresent JPEG image format will be replaced by Windows Media Photo.  —  The software maker detailed the new image format Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft lays plans for 'Vistagami' tablets  —  With the first Origami devices out the door, Microsoft is setting its sights on the next generation of tiny tablet PCs—products known within the company as "Vistagami" devices.  —  The new minitablets are likely to resemble the first of the ultramobile PCs …
Discussion: Engadget
Gary Krakow / MSNBC:
Windows Vista Beta 2: The key word is 'Beta'
Discussion: Gizmodo and M-Dollar
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.
Colin Campbell / next-gen.biz:
Doubts Over Pre-owned PS3 Bombshell  —  A story claiming that Sony is preparing to stop the potential sale of pre-owned PlayStation 3 games is being met with some skepticism by industry insiders.  —  According to a UK news source, citing retail contacts, Sony is preparing to make it illegal for consumers to sell used PS3 games.
Discussion: TechSpot
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gamesradar.com:
[PS3] Sony makes moves to stamp out lucrative second-hand market  —  High street games shops have been told by Sony that there will be no PS3 pre-owned sections in their stores as it will be illegal for customers to sell any next-gen PlayStation games that they've bought, retail sources have revealed to GamesRadar.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft folds new features into mapping service  —  Microsoft unveiled on Tuesday night enhancements to its Windows Live Local online mapping service, incorporating real-time traffic data, integration with Outlook's calendaring function and expanded scratch pad features.
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Windows Live Local:
Major Update to Live Local ships!
Discussion: ResourceShelf and OpsanBlog
Aman Batheja / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Dell plans to open first store in Dallas  —  Dell will open its first store this summer, in Dallas, an experiment that could be a turning point in the history of the Round Rock-based computer maker.  —  The store, at NorthPark Center, will not carry inventory, Dell spokesman Venancio Figueroa said.
Discussion: Rational rants and Gizmodo
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell to Open Stores in 2 Malls as Experiment
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MPAA accused of hiring a hacker  —  The Motion Picture Association of America hired a hacker to steal information from a company that the MPAA has accused of helping copyright violators, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.  —  The lawsuit (click for PDF), filed in U.S. District Court …
Discussion: Techdirt
Sylvia Carr / CNET News.com:
Mozilla CEO: Why we're still shunned by corporate IT  —  Mozilla, maker of the open-source Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client, says a reliance on proprietary technologies is still an obstacle for IT directors looking to deploy open source in the enterprise.
Discussion: Open Sources
Chris Morris / CNN:
Mario creator outlines Nintendo strategy  —  Creator of the game company's biggest franchises discusses Wii, PS3 and surprises yet to come.  —  Game Over is a weekly column by Chris Morris  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Psst.  Want to know a Wii secret?  —  The man who created Mario …
Discussion: Kotaku
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
AOL eyes broadband and advertising  —  AOL will launch a new search function this summer aimed at broadband users, as the company seeks to make more money off advertising amid slipping revenue from subscriber losses, the chief executive said Wednesday.  —  "When we launched AOL.com seven …
Discussion: ResourceShelf and paidContent.org
metro.co.uk:
Pupils perform 'alarming' feat  —  A high-pitched alarm which cannot be heard by adults has been hijacked by schoolchildren to create ringtones so they can get away with using phones in class.  —  Techno-savvy pupils have adapted the Mosquito alarm, used to drive teenage gangs away from shopping centres.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Vonage shares slide on first day  —  update Vonage's Internet phone service wasn't the only thing selling at a discount on Wednesday.  So was its stock.  —  Shares of the new public company slid more than 14 percent from its initial offering price after the company's stock completed …
Business Wire:
Hear The FUSIC(TM) by LG(R): Sprint and LG Electronics MobileComm Introduce a Mobile Phone Designed for the Mobile Music Lifestyle  —  OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 24, 2006—Sprint (NYSE:S):  —  The First Mobile Phone in the U.S. to Feature an FM Transmitter
Lilly Rockwell / Austin American-Statesman:
Starbucks downscales its Hear Music strategy  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Dean Teffer comes to Starbucks for the coffee, often lugging his laptop and work with him.  —  Hunched over a table, Teffer, 35, doesn't even glance at the four CD-burning kiosks behind him.  And why should he?
 
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality fans pressure U.S. Senate
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
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How to shoot a bullet through your startup
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
SuperOyster to monetize your place in line
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and TechCrunch
AppleInsider:
Second "Mac Pro" filing by Apple surfaces
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Steve Ranger / CNET News.com:
A car that slows you down  —  Vehicles in London could soon …
Discussion: Techdirt
Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista Feedback
Tanya Palta / MobileWhack.com:
Mitsubishi PK10 PocketProjector - Worlds Smallest Projector Tried …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
Read/WriteWeb:
Top Ten Underserved Web 2.0 Markets
Discussion: Changing Way
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Microsoft Says New Windows Is on Schedule