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    Video: InfoCard Explained

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    Charles Torre has posted up a very good Channel 9 video explaining InfoCard: "Ever wonder what InfoCard is all about? Well, Nigel Watling, an InfoCard Technical Evangelist, and Andy Harjanto, an InfoCard Program Manager, sure can explain it all...
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    One Big Conspiracy

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    According to Charlie Brooker , it's all one big attention conspiracy: "Install this driver. Now update it. Now update it again. Register to login to our website. Then validate your membership. Forgot your password? Click here. Now there. Fill out this...
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    SO yesterday

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    Linking is so yesterday .
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    Tagging behind-the-firewall. Questions.

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    Stowe Boyd points (via David Weinberger ) to a discussion regarding the potential of tagging within companies . Tagging behind-the-firewall.... Questions - Who would tag their content? How (with what software) would they tag it? What's in it for the taggers...
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    Flashmob video - Bang!

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    Flashmob video. Just check it out . Via Smart Mobs .
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    Media Center notebook - what would you suggest?

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    Dear reader, I need your help. I'm looking to buy a laptop / notebook as our super-duper Media Center machine at home (omg, did i really just say 'super-duper' ??) . You see, a cute little puppy killed our laptop with a pint of water. ...
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    Microsoft.com Feeds Directory

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    The Microsoft.com Communities Team have been busy developing an RSS (and Atom) based Feed Directory . So what is it? Well, let's think of this way. Microsoft.com is one HUGE site. For all intents and purposes the site can be considered as a multitude...
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    Steve Berkowitz to head MSN and Windows Live efforts

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    CNET article reports : "Microsoft said Friday it has hired Internet executive Steve Berkowitz to head its MSN and Windows Live efforts as part of the company's continued push to offer more online software and services. Berkowitz, the former...
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    Windows Live Mail - 3 million beta testers and counting

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    I've been using the Windows Live Mail beta (the next version of Hotmail) for about a week. I'm not a lone beta tester, as Ben Poon, the WM Live beta program manager points out : "You have more than 3,000,000 neighbors! In an effort to get as...
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    Second Life on the Show on 10

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    Second Life was featured on yesterday's 'The Show On 10'. Via Dennis Hamilton : "the on10.net folk have featured Second Life and established their own little sparsely-visited world. I have met only two people there since I started. I’ve successfully...
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    What would you do with 150 Mac minis?

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    I'm not a Mac owner, but I know plenty of them (I sued to be, many moons ago). If you like / love Macs, you'll like this post by David Weiss who's got loads of pics and info on the Microsoft Mac Lab . What would you do with 150 Mac minis...?
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    Microsoft Research guest lectures (videos)

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    Via Rich Hoeg I came across this online video library (a page of links) of Microsoft Research guest lectures. The list below is my playlist of 2005 and 2006 lectures. I've not watched any of them yet but will work my way through these over the next...
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    Visual Studio Express...free!

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    Dan Fernandez, lead product manager for the Visual Studio Express product line has confirmed today that Visual Studio Express (in all its incarnations) will remain free. Excellent move: "You’ve helped make Visual Studio Express a runaway hit, and...
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    The Unifying Theory of Web 2.0

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    You know that feeling when something has been staring at you in the face and you don't realize it. And then all of a sudden - bam! There it is! I've just had one of those moments. Quick background. Earlier this year at MSN Search Champs .4, I had...
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    75,000 new blogs a day

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    Technorati's David Sifry reports the blogosphere is continuing its growth rate - doubling every six months. We've now hit 75,000 new blogs a day.
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    Tag-centric UI

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    Matt McAlister has put together his first screencast showing some of the various tag-centric navigation systems he's found of interest. The examples he uses are good pointers to some of the emerging IA trends we'll see incorporated into more and more...
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    Snail Mail

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    Mark has snail mail .
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    Object Orientated Machinery

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    Once in a while I see stuff that reminds me of the creative and ingenious nature of humans. This video shows how predominantly household objects and a few purpose-made objects can be combined to create clever little 'machines' that are fun to watch in...
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    World Cyber Games

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    The 2006 World Cyber Games (WCG) will be held in the Autodromo Nazaional, Monza, Italy in October and will offer around US$500,000 in prize money. Online and offline preliminaries are scheduled to start in April and will be held throughout 70 countries...
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    Social Search

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    Business Week has an article outlining some of the 'social search' developments underway at Microsoft. What is 'social searching'?: "Microsoft plans to unveil a question-and-answer social-search tool in the coming months, says Justin Osmer, senior...
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    Reality Commercials...

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    By way of Steve Bowbrick , I came across Mark Cuban's idea : Reality Commercials. "I would make commercials live productions. Thats right, live commercials. Straight out of the 1950s . Its not a technical challenge. Its easy. Its not a creative...
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    Joshua. Dad. Cool!

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    Joshua - congrats !! She's beautiful. btw. i think i found a bug in your comments feature. keep it. i like it ;-)
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    GestureBank Recorder

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    Steve Gillmor provides some details on how the existing Attention Trust recorder (ATX) relates to GestureBank - the codebase is forking. GTX will be the GestureBank Recorder. Sounds like an IE version of the ATX and GTX recorders are on their way too...
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    10 Random Thoughts. #4 The Social Enterprise

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    10 Random Thoughts. #4. The Social Enterprise Jack: " How can my company take advantage of the social software thing that's going on?" Jill: "Experiment." - More 10 Random Thoughts .
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    Windows Live Academic Search (Beta)

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    Inside Microsoft : "This new offering from Live launches with over 6 million records indexed, featuring articles of use to students, researchers and teachers in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Physics." ResourceShelf...
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