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Dan Gillmor / Dan Gillmor's blog:
Forbes's Trashy Blog Attack  —  Overall, what a pile of trash from Forbes Magazine, which uses its cover to go on the attack against bloggers in the new issue.  You have to register to read the stories.  Go ahead if you must; it's worth reading to see how a normally solid business magazine …
Daniel Lyons / Forbes:
Attack of the Blogs  —  Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.  Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo.  —  Gregory Halpern knows how to hype.  Shares of his publicly held company …
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Forbes Cover Story Blows It, Calling Bloggers Lynch Mobs  —  Earlier tonight I was on a four-minute segment on CNBC that largely focused on Forbes' new cover story - Attack of the Blogs.  Registration is required or the bugmenot login/password "forbesdontbug" worked for me.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
HOWTO punish bloggers, a tutorial for businesses from Forbes  —  Won't someone please think of the corporations?  The teaser copy for Daniel Lyons' hyper-inflammatory, breathlessly trollbaitin' Forbes cover story "Attack of the Blogs" reads: … This piece of trash begins: … It's a global blogspiracy!
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
U.S. Cell Phone Tracking Clipped  —  Federal law enforcement attempts to use cell phones as tracking devices were rebuked twice this month by lower court judges, who say the government cannot get real time tracking information on citizens without showing probable cause.
EFF: Breaking News:
Court Issues Surveillance Smack-Down to Justice Department  —  No Cell Phone Location Tracking Without Probable Cause  —  New York - Agreeing with a brief submitted by EFF, a federal judge forcefully rejected the government's request to track the location of a mobile phone user without a warrant.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Engadget
Jonathan Krim / Washington Post:
FBI Dealt Setback on Cellular Surveillance
Yahoo! Search blog:
From My Web to Your Website - A Button Share!  —  Over at SearchEngineWatch, Danny Sullivan has been asking why we haven't offered a "Save to My Web" button.  Well here it is!  —  Save to My Web is a simple, sociable button you can add to any and every page of your blog or website.
Ina Fried / CNET
Need a job?  Don't use a Mac  —  update When it comes to some big-name companies, Macintosh users may have a tough time landing a job.  —  It's not just that the business world is dominated by Windows-based computers.  It's because, at a number of large companies, Mac users literally can't apply.
Jeff Nolan / Venture Chronicles:
Time for Change  —  I've been struggling with what to write in this post for weeks so I'm just going to come out and say it, I am leaving the venture capital business.  —  I have been a VC for eight years... 8 long years that flew by in a blink.  We did 73 direct equity deals …
Discussion: BeyondVC and Paul Kedrosky's …
Microsoft Reports First-Quarter Earnings  —  Microsoft delivers double-digit operating income growth, announces plans to accelerate share repurchase.  —  Income Statements  —  Balance Sheets  —  Cash Flows Statements  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  SEC Filings
Russ / Russell Beattie Notebook:
Where's The Ambition?  —  All these startups in my feeds lately are killing me!  There are tons of them, but none seem to be doing anything particularly special.  I mean, it's nice that there's a sort of rebirth of small startups, but there's absolutely no sort of wow factor that I've seen.
Scott M. Fulton, III /
Microsoft denies preparations to support OpenDoc in Office 12  —  Redmond (Washington) - In a statement to TG Daily, a Microsoft spokesperson has officially denied that the company is making plans to support OpenDocument Format (ODF), the XML-based file structure developed for Microsoft Office's open-source competitor,
SBC to take AT&T name after marriage  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — SBC Communications (SBC) said Thursday it will change its name to AT&T after completing its $16 billion purchase of that company, restoring a 120-year-old brand to what will become the largest U.S. telecommunications company.
Discussion: Daily Wireless and Techdirt
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google flight search takes off  —  A new search feature on Google lets people quickly get to airline flight information.  —  Users can type in two different cities, or airport codes, in the Google search box to bring up two boxes for entering departing and returning flight dates.

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