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12:45 PM 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) …
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Watch:
Ask Debuts Blog & Feed Search  —  Ask's new blog and feed search offers a high-quality alternative for finding information in the blogosphere, with a number of unique tools not found on competing services.  —  Although Ask acquired the popular Bloglines feed reader and blog search site in February 2005 …
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 …
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Steve Rosenbush / Business Week:
Vonage to Customers: Pay Up  —  The price tanked days after the IPO.  Now individuals who reserved shares early are having second thoughts about paying for them  —  On Wednesday, Vonage Holdings (VG) said that customers who reserved shares in the Internet phone company's initial public offering …
Discussion: Techdirt and Seeking Alpha
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:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Battles YouTube, But Forgets to Bring Flickr
Johanne Torres / ipcommunications.tmcnet.com:
Skype Teams with Dell for Faster VoIP Calls  —  Skype and Dell announced on Wednesday that they have joined forces for faster VoIP calls.  The companies agreed to ship Skype (News - Alert) software with new Dell (News - Alert) XPS mobile systems, which include the XPS M1210 and XPS M2010.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype software to ship on Dell laptops
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
Thomas Greene / Wired News:
Crashing the Wiretapper's Ball  —  CRYSTAL CITY, Virginia — The dingy hotel corridor was populated with suits, milling about and radiating airs of defensive hostility.  They moved in close-knit groups, rounding a stranger or a rival group conspicuously, the way cats do.  They spoke in whispers.
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
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
Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
Make Vendors Liable for Bugs  —  Have you ever been to a retail store and seen this sign on the register: "Your purchase free if you don't get a receipt"?  You almost certainly didn't see it in an expensive or high-end store.  You saw it in a convenience store, or a fast-food restaurant.
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.
Alan Stafford / PC World:
The 100 Best Products of the Year  —  Powerful computers, handy services, tiny utilities, mammoth HDTVs—our editors' top picks include all these and a whole lot more.  Plus: the worst products of all time.  —  You know how many new-product pitches we get every year?
Microsoft:
Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  Who: Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation  —  Where: Sanford C. Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference  —  CHARLES DI BONA: Good morning, and thank you all for coming.  It's a little intimidating to be in front of a full room knowing …
Discussion: Rational rants and Valleywag
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Reuters:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
iRex poised to take B2B orders for iLiad e-book reader
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Microsoft officially launches paid security product
Caroline E. Mayer / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Techdirt
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
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Discussion: paidContent.org
Think Secret:
Briefly: Intel-based Xserve due this summer
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
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