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May 19, 2006

It’s the Friday Recap!

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It’s coming later in the day than normal, but here it is, our Friday recap! It’s all the fun stuff we wanted to tell you about, but didn’t have time to include in our regular posts this week.

Symantec is suing Microsoft claiming they violated a 1996 agreement with Veritas, a Symantec-owned company, which prohibits Microsoft from releasing storage tech products that directly compete with Veritas software. According to Symantec, certain Windows Vista features are in direct violation of that agreement, and they’re fighting back. Nathan has the full details over at InsideMicrosoft.

And because lawsuits are cool this week, Google was sued (again) for producing kiddy porn (yes, again). That’s all I have to say about that.

Garett Rogers has the scoop on the new mobile version of Google Reader that lets users get RSS feeds delivered straight to their cell phone. When users click on a link via Google Reader, their reading list will automatically be reformatted to fit their cell phone’s screen. Geez, I hope your screen is bigger than mine is. Otherwise, I’m not sure how well that will work, or how readable it will be, but I think it’s pretty neat nonetheless.

The SEOmoz blog had a great post last night dealing with the subject of vlogging. I know, it sounds disgusting, but it’s totally not. It stands for videoblogging, and if YouTube is any indication, it may be the next big thing. Guillaume’s post breaks down the potential vlogging community into three segments: the casual video amateur, the youth and those already vlogging. Damn those Early Adopters, they beat me to everything! Last night’s entry was only part one, so keep your eyes out for the next installment. And of course, if you miss it, we’ll be here to tell you what you need to know!

Despite Matt Cutts’ very busy week, he still managed to take some time to present his readers with some helpful Rules of Thumb. While most of Matt’s lessons were tech-related, comedy ensured when his readers shared their own learned life lessons. Some of my personal favorites included remembering to keep your mouth closed when cleaning out the kitty litter, and why you don’t want to be that guy who holds up 40 people trying to make exact change. True that.

Thanks to Nathan Weinberg for keeping us (or, at least me) constantly amused this week. First, he pointed us to Ctrl-Alt-Del’s take on the Mac/ PC ads, then provided readers with a complete recap of the Google-inspired Dilbert comic strip that has been developing over the past couple weeks and then he showed us the dangers of giving your mother too much information. Giggle fits were had all around and we thank you!

And please, will someone stop Phil Lenssen before he hurts himself. He’s clearly had a breakdown of some sorts, whipping out collector’s cards for Googlers like Matt Cutts, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Marissa Mayer, and one very special bonus card. We’re almost afraid of who he’ll target next. Hey, think he takes requests?

Finally, landing in the completely-unrelated-but-too-funny-not-to-share category, was Boing Boing’s link to a mash-up for the trailer that would have ran had Charlton Heston’s 10 Commandments been a John Hughes-style teen comedy. It’s pure genius, if only because it makes Charlton Heston less scary.

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