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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Jumps, Google Slips and Yahoo Leads American Customer Satisfaction Index for Search  —  For the first time, Yahoo has beaten Google in the annual University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).  The survey measures U.S. consumer satisfaction across a broad range …
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Jason Roth / Apple:
John Lennon Solo Catalog Debuts on iTunes Store  —  Apple® today announced the debut of the John Lennon solo catalog on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).  Sixteen of Lennon's solo works from EMI Music are available for the first time on iTunes starting today, with the "Lennon Legend" …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Still no Beatles, but Apple adds Lennon
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Critical IE, Excel updates headline bumper Patch Tuesday  —  Microsoft has shipped a major Internet Explorer update to cover at least three code execution vulnerabilities in its flagship Web browser.  —  The cumulative IE update (MS07-045) headlines a bumper batch of nine bulletins …
Discussion: Microsoft, Computerworld and TechBlog
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:   Microsoft issues 6 'critical' patches
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sun/Google and Adobe now gunning for Microsoft Office  —  Whether Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a full-fledged Microsoft Office competitor is up for debate.  But StarOffice, Sun's desktop-productivity suite, is definitely a head-to-head Office rival.  And StarOffice distributed by Google?
Discussion: Techdirt, Macsimum News and Gadgetell
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Adobe mulling a move into the Office market?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Wired News
Market Wire:
Lime Wire to Enter Music Download Market With New Digital Store and Inks Deals With Music Companies  —  Lime Wire LLC, maker of the popular LimeWire file-sharing software, announced today that it will open a digital music store.  —  Initially the store will be a stand-alone website …
Dan Warne / APC:
Google launches YouTube-style embeddable maps … First up, if you know how to embed a YouTube video in your blog, you'll be able to embed Google Maps in your website, Google promises.  —  It'll be as simple as cutting and pasting a bit of HTML code into your website, just like a YouTube video.
MrJolly / MCV:
Nod given to HDD-only 360 titles  —  GAMEFEST: MMO developers permitted to require Xbox hard drive for future titles  —  Owners of Microsoft's basic Core Xbox 360 may soon find themselves unable to play the latest titles following Microsoft's announcement that developers of online MMO games …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch  —  Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else's hobby.  I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version …
Discussion: Boing Boing and IP Democracy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL Launches Mobile Search  —  Google may have won the fixed line search sweepstakes, but mobile search remains an open territory, for anyone to conquer — countless start-ups, Yahoo, Nokia.  Add AOL to the list, which is launching a revamped (beta) version of its mobile search service today.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
First Google Health Screenshots  —  Google Health, codename "Weaver", is Google's planned health information storage program.  Google's Vice President of Engineering Adam Bosworth lobbies for the program for quite a while now.  Adam said the current US health care system is challenged when it comes to …
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
EIF: Home abusers can be turned off and banned, warns Sony  —  Home boss discusses bannings and branding for mature users  —  Peter Edward, director of the Home platform for Sony, has told an audience at the Edinburgh Interactive Festival that users who consistently abuse …
Discussion: TechSpot News and eXophase
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Oracle announces price list for 11g  —  Oracle on Tuesday announced the general availability of its flagship database 11g for Linux and outlined its price list.  —  Oracle's 11g launched a few weeks ago, but the big question mark at the time was the pricing scheme for the database.
Jeff Bennett / Market Wire:
Gay Ad Network Launches With Exclusive Publisher Partners  —  Vertical Ad Network Offers Wide Range of Advertiser Solutions  —  Gay Ad Network, an online vertical advertising network, launched today with support from an influential group of gay and lesbian publishers.
John Borland / Wired News:
See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign  —  On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines.  While anonymous, such changes typically …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
PSP download store held up by DRM  —  Fans of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) media device must continue to wait for a download store, a feature that experts have said is a must if the player is ever to launch a significant challenge to the iPod.  —  Sony representatives …
Discussion: Technovia
Chris Reidy / Boston Globe:
Home of the bean and the blog  —  Boston has long been viewed as the land of the bean and the cod — and now the Hub may also be the land of the blog.  —  According to OutsideIn.com, a website that tracks neighborhood blogging, Boston was the "bloggiest city" in America for the two-month period it examined, March and April.
 
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Netflix Quietly Rolls Out Social Networking Features
Karl / dslreports.com:
Time Warner Redefines the DVR - For better or worse...
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Techdirt
Lisa Vaas / eWEEK.com:
Buggy ATI Driver Leaves Vista Open to Attack
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle over attorneys fees' brewing between RIAA, ex-defendant
Dave Rosenberg / InfoWorld:
Q&A: MuleSource adopting CPAL
Jessie Scanlon / Business Week:
Getting Serious About Gaming
Discussion: Valleywag
CNN:
Apple's Issue With HD Cameras Puts Jobs' Influence In Focus
Discussion: ZDNet and Macsimum News
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UPDATE: Microsoft's Bach Sold Additional Stock Before Xbox News
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AMD:
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance …
John Leyden / The Register:
Many Facebook users expose all to strangers
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware: EMC Has No Plans To Sell More; Did They Price Too Low?
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Free software campaigners stonewalled at BBC
SHAPE Services News:
FREE Beta version of IM+ for Skype is available for iPhone
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware's IPO - Insanity turns Silicon Valley back to normal
BBC:
Paper battery offers future power