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10:45 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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microsoft.com:
Windows Media Photo Specification  —  Windows Media Photo is a new file format for continuous-tone still images that surpasses the limitations of existing image formats.  Windows Media Photo supports a wide range of features including:  —  Multiple color formats for display or print
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!
Adaley / Virtual Earth, a developer blog:
Virtual Earth Map Control v3 - Great new features!
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
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.
Erling Ellingsen / Medallia Blog:
SmackBook Pro … I usually keep two 20" screens side by side on my desk, so I can code on one and test on the other.  I find I can work much faster if I can just make a change in Eclipse, and by the time I turn my head to the other screen, the tests have already run.
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 and Digital Micro-Markets
Michael Astor / Associated Press:
Google to shut down Orkut communities  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Google (GOOG) said Wednesday that it has agreed to shut down some communities on its popular Orkut social networking site because the Brazilian government says they advocate violence and human rights violations.
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Yahoo, EBay Announce Web Partnership  —  Yahoo and eBay, two giants of Internet commerce, announced a "strategic alliance" today clearly aimed at rivals Google and Microsoft in the ongoing war for billions of dollars in market share on the Worldwide Web.  —  The companies, in a joint statement …
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 …
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: paidContent.org
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Gary / ResourceShelf:
Link to AOL Video Now Found On Google Video Home Page
Reuters:
Yahoo, eBay form Web advertising alliance  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (NasdaqNM:YHOO - News) and Web auctioneer eBay (NasdaqNM:EBAY - News) on Thursday announced a partnership designed to boost their position against Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - News) and Web search leader Google Inc. …
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
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.
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?
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
 
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Star C. Foster / Shiny Shiny:
Concerto iPod Table
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consumer.hardocp.com:
Dell Strikes Back  —  It seems as though Dell is reconfirming …
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Business Wire:
Plaxo Teams With JAJAH to Add Click to Call to Plaxo Smart Address Book
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Vonage IPO: A New Way To Piss Off Your Customers
Tanya Klowden / Infinite Loop:
Cooling your MacBook Pro may be easier than you think
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wine Lovers Now Have A Web 2.0 Site
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: TiVo should be on Google's wish list
DomainNameWire / circleid.com:
New York Passing New Domain Name Law
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Who is the Mobile Gadgeteer?  —  I started using computers …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and MobilitySite
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality fans pressure U.S. Senate
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Mash-ups, XML, and visualizing Flickr
Joshua / del.icio.us:
this just in  —  The del.icio.us popular page is very... well, popular.
metro.co.uk:
Pupils perform 'alarming' feat
Chris Morris / CNN:
Mario creator outlines Nintendo strategy
Discussion: Kotaku
Marshall Kirkpatrick / The Social Software Weblog:
SuperOyster to monetize your place in line
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and TechCrunch
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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