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 …
Discussion: MocoNews.net, Ubergizmo and MIT Advertising Lab
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
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow: Sometimes, being a PiC really sucks
Christine Herron / Christine.net: Storytelling that Drives Community Engagement
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 …
Discussion: Off the Top, Bleeding Edge and Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News
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.
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."
Discussion: The Jason Calacanis Weblog, the LOOSE wire blog and duncanriley.com
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog: On TechCrunch rumors, the madness of the masses, and my own COIs.
Jeremy Wagstaff / the LOOSE wire blog: Conflicts of Interest, And The Search for Truth
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
All Good Things... All good things come to an end. Or to a long pause, or to a ride off into the sunset, or to at least a substantial hibernation (preferably on a holiday weekend, to make the least amount of noise). — I don't often talk or write to other people about what I do here.
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft, The Unofficial Microsoft … and Todd Bishop's Microsoft …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft: MINI-MICROSOFT CALLS IT A DAY — Well, it's possible …
Jason Clarke / The Unofficial Microsoft Weblog: Mini-Microsoft taking a break
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog …: Mini-Microsoft retiring from blog?
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 …
Bazaarvoice — EMPLOYEES 40 — FUNDING Approximately $4 million, 1 round — KEY INVESTORS Austin Ventures, Josh Kopelman/First Round Capital, Jamie Crouthamel, Eric Simone, David Reibstein, Julie Constantin/Constantin Partners — Word-of-mouth is one of the most effective ways to market on the Internet.
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: 14 Internet firms make Red Herring top 100 list
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).
Discussion: M-Dollar, Mini-Microsoft and blackrimglasses.com
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar: Having a bug bash with Windows Vista
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft: Copying Xerox, Vista Mistakes, and VP Perspectives
Black Rim Glasses / blackrimglasses.com: 65 More Windows Vista Mistakes ~ Chris Pirillo
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 …
Mini apps - Bitty Browser and Wampad — I've come across two nifty apps recently that demonstrate a couple of neat things: 1) mobile web utility, and 2) integration with other web services. Both of those things are becoming increasingly important on the Web.
Discussion: Download Squad
Jordan Running / Download Squad: WAMPAD: A personalized home for your phone
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE PURCHASES ADDING "HIGH QUALITY" MERCHANTS — Another scoop from a quality tipster: Google sent out a notice to testers recently that they are holding a confidential beta of a system to make purchases from "high-quality merchants" using their Google Accounts.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Googling Google and Download Squad
Garett Rogers / Googling Google: Google holding closed beta
Jordan Running / Download Squad: Rumor Alert: Google expanding Purchases, Google Checkout?
Nick / Rough Type:
The neck of Beck's guitar — Beautiful day today. Summer arrived in our neck of the woods right on schedule this year, unfolding her tent on Memorial Day weekend. After a month of rain, it felt good to be out in the heat under a blue sky, worshipping the old sun god.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets: Crowdsourcing 'meme' debate
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog: O'Reilly and the "Web 2.0" Trademark
Doug Isenberg / GigaLaw.com Daily News: Company Asserts Trademark Rights to "Web 2.0" Name
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.