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1:55 PM ET, May 30, 2006

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Robert Weisman / Boston Globe:
Why Google makes everyone else nervous  —  Firm's ad-based software is changing the media landscape  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. first gained notice early in the decade, as a small and quirky start-up with a disarmingly simple Internet search engine and an idealistic slogan, ``Don't Be Evil.
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Tony Glover / thebusinessonline.com:
Threat to traditional broadcasters
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Networks are the New Media  —  No one can argue that MySpace has been the "it girl" for the past year.  And the fact that she belongs to Rupert Murdoch only seems to have heightened the envy, and gotten everyone's knickers in a twist.  As a result, it seems that nearly every media company …
Enid Burns / ClickZ:
Pew: Nearly 50 MM Americans Create Web Content  —  At home broadband users are more likely to create and post user-generated content on the Web, according to the "Home Broadband Adoption 2006," a report published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  —  Forty-eight million American adults …
New York Times:
Technology and Easy Credit Give Identity Thieves an Edge  —  PHOENIX — In a Scottsdale police station last December, a 23-year-old methamphetamine user showed officers a new way to steal identities.  —  His arrest had been unremarkable.  This metropolitan area, which includes Scottsdale and Phoenix …
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Apple's Great Glass Elevator As Buggy As Willy Wonka's  —  Oops.  Last week, the fancy glass elevator at Apple's new NY retail store got stuck, and got stuck extravagantly.  The NYPD had to be called in to help evacuate the passengers, and two people got their hands blistered on the "hot lights in the shaft".
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Ferrari Dual-Core Notebooks  —  Acer-Ferrari is upping the ante with its two latest laptops.  The Ferrari 5000 and 1000 are claimed to have the latest cutting-edge technology developed in the world of Formula One—so, it has car parts?  Sweet!  —  The 5000 is a 15.4-inch desktop replacement …
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Google makes some missteps as it finds its way in corridors of power  —  WASHINGTON — Of the billions of searches conducted by Google, potentially its most important is playing out in offices above an Asian fusion restaurant: the quest for influence in the nation's capital.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
New Age judge blasts Apple  —  Californian appeals court Judge Conrad Rushing has put the public interest above private corporate interest in a verdict that deals a blow to Apple Computer.  That's the good news.  —  The bad news is that the New Age judge, in making the correct decision using …
Discussion: The Browser and Andrew Lark
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 …
New York Times:
Cell Carriers Seek Growth by Catering to Hispanics  —  SAN FRANCISCO, May 29 — Now that nearly three out of four people in this country have mobile phone service, cellphone companies are chasing new customers by marketing to ever more specific slices of the population.  But one group is getting extra attention: Hispanics.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's video replay  —  news analysis Google appears to be in fast-forward mode with its new video ads.  —  The search giant may have bumbled with the January beta launch of the Google Video hosting service.  But experts said the company will have better luck with a new computerized auction service …
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Theo Valich / Inquirer:
Intel goes boom or bust on summer collection  —  Roadmappery Conroe models, prices  —  ALTHOUGH THE NDA on those Conroe benchmarks expires at the very dawn of Computex, on June 4th, Conroe itself is set for launch on July 23rd.  —  This is the day on which Intel plans to introduce Core 2 Duo processors …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
A Concept Misunderstood by Wall Street: "Voice" and "TV" as an Application  —  When Vonage had the courage to launch their consumer voice over broadband service in March, 2002, they did so at a time when everyone else was on the sidelines just watching and waiting.
Discussion: EuroTelcoblog and Realtime-VoIP
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
What's Missing in Web 2.0?  —  Web applications replacing the desktop?  Here are two problems we need to solve before that can happen.  —  I'm sitting in the New York Café in Budapest, Hungary.  It recently got redone after being in a sorry state since 1956, when it had a run-in with a Russian tank.
Discussion: Web 2.5 and jkOnTheRun
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Another real world example of why DRM is evil  —  One of the lesser discussed but equally troubling evils of digital rights management technology is what I call the "DRM switcheroo."  The DRM switcheroo is where the person or company sitting at the DRM controls over the content you've accumulated under …
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.
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Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Old media to embrace internet upstarts  —  High-level media and advertising executives are to meet for a brainstorming session aimed at capitalising on the surging popularity of social networking websites.  —  McKinsey, the management consultancy, is understood to have asked senior executives …
 
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