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11:45 AM ET, June 1, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally!  Bloglines Blog Search  —  Ask.com, which owns the most popular stand alone web based feed reader, Bloglines, has just rolled out its long awaited new blog search engine.  —  Ask/Bloglines has been the subject of a considerable number of jokes over the last year, after promising a blog search engine last summer.
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Read/WriteWeb:
New Ask.com blog search and Bloglines upgrade (but no new UI)  —  Ask.com is releasing a new blog search feature on their search engine, as well as integrating search more into their leading web-based RSS Reader Bloglines.  You'll recall that Ask.com (or Ask Jeeves as it was known then) …
Yahoo! Search blog:
The New Yahoo! Video - Discover, and Be Discovered!  —  Tonight we rolled out the new Yahoo! Video, an upgrade to our video search service that introduces more ways to find and share video programming, including the ability to upload your videos directly to Yahoo!  —  Here's a quick rundown of what's available to you:
Discussion: Lifehacker and IP Democracy
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Battles YouTube, But Forgets to Bring Flickr  —  The new Yahoo Video product is launching tonight (Wednesday) at 9 pm PST.  The big change?  Yahoo Video is targeting YouTube by allowing user-generated videos on the site.  The biggest disappointment?  The product is not being integrated (yet) into Flickr.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo reprograms online video service
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat creates social networking site  —  Prominent Linux distributor Red Hat has revealed a new open source social networking service called Mugshot.  Designed to facilitate integration of live social interactivity into the desktop computing experience, Mugshot emphasizes communication and entertainment.
Discussion: Planet GNOME, 21talks and Boing Boing
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Jordan Running / Download Squad:   Mugshot: Red Hat's open source social networking site
Reuters:
Vonage not giving customers a break  —  Internet phone company says it will not buy back shares from customers after stock purchased in unusual plan plummets in value.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet telephone service provider Vonage said on Wednesday it was not buying back shares allocated …
Peter Wayner / New York Times:
PC's That Are a Lot Smaller Than a Breadbox  —  An OQO-01 PC running Windows XP weighs 14 ounces and is not much bigger than a BlackBerry.  The OQO above is being used with a foldable keyboard.  Chris DiBona carries his BlackBerry for phone calls, and as he put it, "the whole mobile dude look."
Discussion: Screenwerk
Paul Kallender / BBC:
Fuel cells in laptops edge closer  —  Electronics companies are promoting fuel cells as an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to traditional lithium ion batteries.  —  The technology promises to supplement or replace today's batteries in laptops.
Discussion: Engadget and Dvorak Uncensored
Think Secret:
Briefly: Intel-based Xserve due this summer  —  May 31, 2006 - Apple's Xserve may find Intel processors inside of it ahead of any Power Mac upgrade, sources report.  Intel is currently on track to deliver Woodcrest, the code-named successor to its Xeon processor targeted at servers, in June …
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Caroline E. Mayer / Washington Post:
Banks Honor Bogus Checks and Scam Victims Pay  —  Trying to sell his 1968 Mustang online, John Schaefer received what appeared to be a firm offer from an overseas classic-car dealer.  The buyer sent Schaefer a check for $14,000 even though Schaefer was asking only $8,000.
Discussion: Techdirt
Evan Blass / Engadget:
iRex poised to take B2B orders for iLiad e-book reader  —  We've had our eye on Philips (that's Royal Philips Electronics to you) spinoff iRex Technologies ever since we heard that the company was developing a Sony Reader-like e-book device with some pretty compelling features …
Discussion: NevilleHobson.com and TeleRead
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype software to ship on Dell laptops  —  Skype's voice over Internet Protocol software that allows people to talk for free over the Internet will ship on Dell's new XPS notebooks.  —  The Skype software will be offered as part of Dell's audio/video communications package on the new XPS M1210 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Stardust virus lands on OpenOffice  —  Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have spotted what they believe is the first virus for OpenOffice, the open-source rival to Microsoft's Office productivity suite.  —  The virus, dubbed Stardust, is capable of infecting OpenOffice and StarOffice …
Reuters:
Segway in deal to beat scooter sticker shock  —  With an eye toward making its upright electric scooters easier for the average American to buy, Segway on Wednesday rolled out its first financing program.  —  The consumer financing arm of General Electric will manage the program …
Discussion: Engadget
Tantek Çelik / Technorati Weblog:
Introducing Microformats Search and Pingerati  —  I'm very pleased to announce the technology preview of Technorati microformats search for contacts, events and reviews, and Pingerati, a microformats ping distributor to support and grow the microformats ecosystem.
 
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Stan Horaczek / Engadget:
HP Coliseum does web conferencing in 3D
Discussion: 21talks and gamesindustry.biz
Brian Oberkirch / Weblogs Work:
Why Your Big Agency Won't Get Social Media
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Base replaces Froogle Merchant Center
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Chinese excuses  —  Terry Semel keeps digging his hole deeper …
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Unshackling your digital media player with Zing
Discussion: GigaOM and Orbitcast
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
iDoll iPod Cases
Discussion: Shiny Shiny and MacMinute
nokia.com:
Seek and Ye Shall Find: Mobile Search Expands across Europe
Allison Linn / Associated Press:
Microsoft officially launches paid security product
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Miller / Forward Thinking:
Gates at D4: A Reality Acquisition Device
Discussion: Kotaku
Peter Lewis / CNN:
The PS3: More than a game  —  Will the high price scare gamers away …
Discussion: Cathode Tan and Kotaku
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
D: Al Gore on Current.tv and global warming
Discussion: paidContent.org
Daniel Schuhmann / Tom's Hardware Guide:
500 Hour Test of Tomorrow's Windows "Vista"
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
AMD Live! PC Launch Backed By Free Media Apps
Discussion: paidContent.org and Engadget
John Borland / CNET News.com:
How Sony failed to Connect, again
James Temperton / cubed3.com:
Cubed3 Exclusive | Nintendo Wii to Launch on November 6th in USA
Alan Stafford / PC World:
The 100 Best Products of the Year