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6:00 AM ET, May 4, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo To Shut Down Yahoo Photos In Favor Of Flickr  —  I am at the annual Outcast CEO Dinner event - Brad Garlinghouse (Yahoo SVP Communications & Communities) and Stewart Butterfield (Cofounder Flickr) are sitting at my table and told me that they will announce the closure of Yahoo Photos tomorrow.
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Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Yahoo jettisons Photos in favor of Flickr  —  Yahoo Inc. plans to disclose Friday that it will shutter its popular Photos service and transfer users to Flickr, a competitor that the company acquired in 2005.  —  The move is intended to eliminate a redundant product and save on costs for the Web portal …
Discussion: tbites
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Starts Paying Star Users  —  YouTube is going to start helping some of its indie video content creators make money, starting tomorrow.  The company will launch a program that puts the creators of some of the more popular YouTube channels — including Lonelygirl15, LisaNova, HappySlip …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
Why the 09ers Are So Upset  —  The user revolt at Digg and elsewhere, over attempts to take down the now-famous "09 F9 ..." number, is now all over the press.  (Background: 1, 2) Many non-techies, including some reporters, wonder why users care so much about this.
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Philipp Lohmann / GullFOSS:
Sun Microsystems joins porting effort for OpenOffice.org for Mac  —  I'm excited to let you all know that as of now Sun engineering will add its support to the ongoing Mac/Aqua porting effort.  —  The MacOSX porting history is basically as old as OpenOffice.org itself.
Jan Chipchase:
Extreme Personalisation  —  An unexpected surprise of last week's Istanbul visit was coming across these working Nokia phones hacked/customised by Mehmet Erkök, industrial design lecturer at stanbul Teknik Üniversitesi's Department of Industrial Product Design.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Ccoc / Colin's Corner:
EIC Change at PC World  —  As has been widely reported in the media, Harry McCracken, the EIC of PC World has resigned.  I have huge respect for Harry, thank him for all his contributions over the years and wish him well.  I am hopeful that Harry will continue to write for PC World on a freelance basis.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost Is Error-Prone  —  Apologies to all of you who've requested invites to Joost.  We'd love to let you into the service, but over the past few days we have had trouble launching the application ourselves.  I'd had no problems running earlier versions, but these days can't even get the thing to start.
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
Joost Opens To Public, But Still Broken
Discussion: Lost Remote
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
MacArthur Maze Detour Update  —  In response to the I-80 and I-580 freeway connector collapse in the San Francisco Bay Area that occurred on Sunday, April 29, we responded quickly by removing these ramps from our mapping system on Monday.  As a result, Yahoo! Maps is now offering alternative routes …
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
If Markets Are Conversations Then Twitter Is Money  —  Twitter is the conversation.  David Weinberger gets it right enough.  —  One of the themes coming through loud and clear in the twitterverse is that many of us are a bit jaded about blogging.  Marshall Kirkpatrick wants to Twitter instead of blogging.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
FCC Chairman Martin to Telcos: No Blocking Iowa Calls  —  BREAKING: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday that the commission told large telcos to stop blocking calls into numbers for the Iowa-based free calling operations, threatening punitive actions if the carriers didn't comply.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Spidey 3 Online Ahead of U.S. Release  —  It's official: Spider-Man 3 has appeared online as an unauthorized download on public torrent trackers ahead of the release in theaters across the U.S. Just today, VCDQuality indexed two slightly different versions from the same source in China …
Discussion: Digital Alchemy and digg
Veronica Belmont / Webware.com:
I'M IN LIKE WITH YOU: EBAY FOR LOVE?  —  I'm In Like With You is a different kind of dating site.  On the site, users spend points to bid for access to people they like.  You get these spendable points as you use the site: when you log in, for example, and when you answer simple …
Discussion: uncov
 
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CNN:
Digg.com in 'hacking' copyright row
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia N75 hands-on - part 2, launches the 4th
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Drops Another Case In Chicago Against Misidentified Defendant
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype for Linux 1.4 Alpha release
Discussion: Compiler and digg
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
NBC Universal Sets Sights Beyond CPMs
Ariel Waldman / Engadget:
Adgadget: Apple - flattered and photocopied
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
T-Mobile's cell-to-WiFi service to launch this summer
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TheFunded, the site for VC hatchet jobs
 Earlier Items: 
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar on the go  —  Posted by Aarati Parmar Martino …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Features Volkswagen, Which Happens To Be Search Spamming
Austin Modine / The Register:
Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOO TESTING NEW SEARCH LOOK?
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Focus in Apple's options scandal shifts to its board
Discussion: MacUser and Macsimum News
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Slips to No. 3 on Internet
Discussion: Valleywag, GigaOM and Digital Daily
Microsoft:
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Advertising Pioneer ScreenTonic
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support