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9:50 AM ET, May 4, 2007

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New York Post:
BILL'S HARD DRIVE  —  MICROSOFT EYES SEARCH GIANT IN PROPOSED TAKEOVER  —  Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Reconsider Merger  —  A year ago, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. explored the idea of combining to form a greater competitor to Google Inc.  —  The talks led nowhere leaving Microsoft and Yahoo to forge their own paths in pursuit of Google.  How did they do?  Well, they're talking again.
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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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Photos shutting down.  Flickr is the new hotness.  —  Brad Garlinghouse, SVP of Yahoo and author of the famous "Peanut Butter Manifesto," in which he told people inside Yahoo that the company was spread too thin, told me tonight at a dinner that "I'm eating my own peanut butter."
Discussion: Compiler and WebProNews
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 …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Users Get Paid.  Tomorrow.  —  On Friday, YouTube will begin revenue sharing with top users including LisaNova, renetto, HappySlip, smosh, and valsartdiary using the same system they've used for TV networks.  They'll also be sharing revenue with thousands of medium-sized content content creators …
Discussion: Between the Lines and parislemon
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Revenue Sharing Partners Program, but no Pre-Rolls
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Forbrugerstyrelsen:
Press release: Danish Complaint Case may have Global Consequences for Apple  —  A ground-breaking decision by the Consumer Complaints Board may have crucial consequences for Apple and for thousands of Apple laptop users all over the world  —  In a specific complaint case …
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Danes 'prove' sudden iBook death syndrome
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
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.
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.
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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
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Court denies Vonage bid for patent case retrial  —  WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has denied a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG.N: Quote, Profile , Research) that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Download Squad
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.
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 …
 
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CNN:
Digg.com in 'hacking' copyright row
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
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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
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Runs Into Dust-Up About a Profile on MySpace
Discussion: Rational rants and WebProNews
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
T-Mobile's cell-to-WiFi service to launch this summer
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Spidey 3 Online Ahead of U.S. Release
Discussion: Digital Alchemy and digg
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