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4:40 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
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 …
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: Loic Le Meur Blog and Feedonomics
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.
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?
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.
Discussion: WinExtra
Wired News:
Hack a Nintendo DS to Make an Awesome Digital Sketchbook  —  The Nintendo DS Lite can be an excellent portable digital painting tool.  It's simple and compact, pressure-sensitive, easier to view in daylight than a laptop and inconspicuous.  And, when coupled with the paint application Colors …
BBC:
Web users ‘getting more selfish’  —  Web users are getting more ruthless and selfish when they go online, reveals research.  —  The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online.
 
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Brett Terpstra / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Treo 850 has WiFi, full specs leaked
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo
James Ashton / Times of London:
Trinity Mirror and ITV: set us free to fight Google
Discussion: Mashable!
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Stupid Google Tricks: Get a calendar from the search box
Discussion: Thought Clusters
Anand Rajaraman / Datawocky:
Are Machine-Learned Models Prone to Catastrophic Errors?
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Can We Live In Public?
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