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5:40 PM ET, May 25, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Importance Of A Competitive Search Market  —  Is Microsoft's vision to compete in search and reinvent itself as an advertising company nothing more than an attempt to get back into its familiar position as Top Gun?  Should Microsoft, Google and everyone else just give up on search and outsource to Google?
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and HipMojo.com
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why search competition isn't the point  —  This morning, in response to my Microhoo: Corporate Penis Envy? piece, Michael Arrington wrote The importance of a competitive search market.  —  First, let's be clear.  I agree with Michael that competition is a good thing, and that there's a real risk that …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
MicroHoo: corporate penis envy?  —  After reading endless pieces about Microsoft's obsession with search, I am forced to offer the following theory: penis envy (from Wikipedia): … Microsoft was once motivated by its own Big Hairy Audacious Goal: “a computer on every desk and in every home.”
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and A VC
TechCrunch:
PR Secrets for Startups  —  Editor's Note: At a time when anyone can broadcast their opinions about your startup to the world, public relations requires a new level of engagement on the part of companies and entrepreneurs.  But what are the new rules of PR?
Discussion: Feedonomics
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
PR secrets? bulls**t.  —  I hate the term “PR secrets”.  It only PR for PR companies trying to sell their expensive consulting to the poor startup CEOs.  Brian Solis has many valid points about PR in this post “PR Secrets for Startups” and he knows what he is talking about, nothing personal I really like Brian.
Discussion: /Message
Brian Alvey:
Twitter's business model  —  I finally figured out a business model for Twitter.  It's advertising based and it only works if Twitter doesn't solve their scaling problems.  —  The way I see it, the most the Twitter user base needs Twitter to be running smoothly is about fourteen hours a day.
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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Resistance Is Futile  —  IT'S O.K. to liken Shigeru Miyamoto to Walt Disney.  —  When Disney died in 1966, Mr. Miyamoto was a 14-year-old schoolteacher's son living near Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital.  An aspiring cartoonist, he adored the classic Disney characters.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Welcome to Las Vegas - Home of the technology superpower you've never heard of  —  Drive a couple of blocks past the Loose Caboose and the Carburetor Shop on E. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas, and you'll find one of the world's leading technology companies.  The name of the company …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
NASA's Phoenix Mars Landing: Where To Watch On the Web  —  This could be must see TV: At 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, NASA begins live coverage of the Phoenix Mars Lander, as it attempts to make the first powered landing on the red planet since Viking 2 in 1976.  Watch it online here or in Second Life.
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
TV becomes social again  —  Remember the term “water cooler moment”; in which a TV show generated a social buzz and was talked about by colleagues at work after broadcast?  —  It seems to me that there are fewer and fewer water cooler moments, in part because television has become less of a cohesively social experience.
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Treo 850 has WiFi, full specs leaked  —  The folks at The Boy Genius Report managed to get a snapshot of the 850 - we at TamsPPC now have the full specs of the upcoming Treo 8850 due to a good friend of mine working at Palm's(who recently got his box).  —  He describes the box as following:
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Cloud Computing: So You Don't Have to Stand Still  —  CLOUD computing is the jargon of the moment in the technology industry.  Google, I.B.M., Microsoft and Yahoo are just some of the big companies talking up the cloud, and a bunch of smaller ones are, too.  —  What, you may be thinking, is cloud computing?
 
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James Ashton / Times of London:
Trinity Mirror and ITV: set us free to fight Google
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
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Discussion: Thought Clusters
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 Earlier Items: 
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 to make appearance at D6 Conference
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Indie Films, Coming to a Small Screen Near You
John Markoff / New York Times:
Global Dreams for a Wireless Web
Discussion: Social Media