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6:00 AM ET, May 30, 2006

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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Earn Cellphone Minutes by Watching Ads  —  With the cost of mobile phone calls already dropping sharply, Virgin Mobile USA plans to announce a way that people can talk for no money at all.  They will, however, have to pay with a chunk of their attention.  —  The program, called SugarMama …
Matt Biddulph / hackdiary:
Alas, Second Life!  Web 2.0 in a virtual world  —  Second Life has been my new hacking obsession ever since I bought a laptop fast enough to run it.  I don't spend a lot of time socialising in the gameworld, but I am fascinated by the possibilities for makers of new user interfaces, useful virtual objects and playful toys.
Discussion: 3pointD.com and Clickable Culture
Reuters:
AMD to invest $2.5 billion in German factories  —  Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 maker of microchips for personal computers, said on Monday it will spend an additional $2.5 billion to upgrade and expand its two factories in Germany.  —  The investment comes as AMD steadily gains market share …
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Survivor: Winecamp  —  Chris Messina has been hosting barcamps for nearly a year now, but the facilities usually just involve bringing a sleeping bag to some cubicle farm and crashing for the night.  —  Winecamp, however, was real camping.  —  About 30 people pitched tents on Coyote Ridge above …
Discussion: HorsePigCow and Christine.net
Mike / CrunchNotes:
On Conflicts of Interest and TechCrunch  —  On a recent Gillmor Gang, at around minute 21:30, Jason Calacanis innocently says something like "I heard you could buy a review at TechCrunch".  A discussion begins about conflicts of interest, at one point Jason says "just the appearance of impropriety is impropriety."
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET's AllYouCanUpload Is Disruptive  —  CNET very quietly launched a simple new photo uploading site called AllYouCanUpload last week.  At first glance it doesn't appear to be very special or disruptive.  But it is.  —  By launching AllYouCanUpload, CNET just pulled the rug out from under …
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Cutting Sony, a Corporate Octopus, Back to a Rational Size  —  WAKO, Japan — When Kumiko Ishioka bought car insurance last year, she chose the company that offered the cheapest rate.  It also helped that the company bore the same brand name as that on her life insurance policy, her favorite skin lotion and her television set — Sony.
Discussion: paidContent.org
NEWS.com.au:
Sir, I'm afraid it's 'ringxiety'  —  IT IS a familiar and unnerving sensation: the false belief that you can hear your mobile phone ringing or vibrating.  —  Now the phenomenon is so widespread it has an official name: "ringxiety".  —  People have grown emotionally dependent on their mobiles …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:   It has a name: "ringxiety"
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Pay Bills With a Click?  More Americans Are Doing It and Banks Are Loving It  —  FROM the annals of Online Economics 101 comes this shocker: free is good, especially when it comes to paying bills.  —  Big billers like Verizon Wireless and ConEd learned this bit of wisdom years ago …
Read/WriteWeb:
Worldwide Internet Penetration is just 15%  —  According to the Miniwatts Marketing Group's Internet Usage and World Population Statistics (last updated March 31, 2006), worldwide Internet penetration is only 15.7%!  So much for the World Wide Web... this is indeed sobering stuff for those of us obsessed with 'web 2.0' technology.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Software to Look for Experts Among Your Friends  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., May 27 — For anyone who has hesitated before making a purchase on a Web site, uncertain which brand is preferable, Tacit Software is preparing to introduce an online service that will make it simple to pick the brains …
thinkvitamin.com:
RESPONSIBLE ASYNCHRONOUS SCRIPTING  —  AJAX and its kin are empowering developers, but with great power comes great responsibility.  —  Asynchronous or remote scripting has been lurking in the background of web app development for quite some time now.  Originally dependent on proprietary technology …
Chris Pirillo:
65 More Windows Vista Mistakes  —  I just couldn't leave well enough alone.  Even after my problems with Outlook 2007, and my original feedback on Windows Vista, I went deeper into Windows Vista's second beta.  This time, I didn't concentrate so much on the font issues (so that I couldn't be accused of being such a nitpicker).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meet New (Random) Friends at Fo.rtuito.us  —  Fo.rtuito.us is a brand new site, complete with last minute bugs, that is soft launching this week.  —  When you register at Fo.rtuito.us it randomly introduces you to another member.  You have four days to interact with that member via anonymous email to see if you can become friends.
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Send a Smile utility for Office 2007 beta testers  —  Last week Microsoft released Office 2007 Beta 2 to the world, and had somewhere over 500,000 downloads in the first two days.  The primary reason for releasing this test version of the software so early is to get as much feedback …
Discussion: Things That and InsideMicrosoft
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Jobs' glass elevator locks in group customers  —  Well, that was fast.  Not eight days after Apple's new flagship store was unveiled, Stevie J.'s fantastical glass elevator began acting a bit wonky, first opening and shutting its doors, then finally sealing in its passengers on the upper level.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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Matt Bai / New York Times:
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: PalmAddicts
I4U News:
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Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Jangl's new angle on phone calling
Discussion: Techdirt and 21talks
Suw Charman / Strange Attractor:
How many news outlet staff actually read their own RSS feeds?
Discussion: efuddle.com
Nick / Rough Type:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
SlingBox going PAL with DVB-T support?
Read/WriteWeb:
Mini apps - Bitty Browser and Wampad
Discussion: Download Squad
Seo Book / Aaron Wall's SEO Book.com:
Quick Indications of Low Quality Search Spam
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Big Web Site Gives Lift to a Littler One
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
All Good Things...  All good things come to an end.
Tony Glover / thebusinessonline.com:
Threat to traditional broadcasters
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE PURCHASES ADDING "HIGH QUALITY" MERCHANTS