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2:20 AM ET, May 6, 2007


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New York Times:
Rumors Fly on Microsoft and Yahoo  —  Microsoft and Yahoo are discussing a business partnership in their effort to compete with Google, people briefed on the talks said Friday.  —  The New York Post reported Friday that Microsoft was pursuing an acquisition of Yahoo, a prospect that sent Yahoo's shares soaring.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft merging with Yahoo!?!  #@!!!  —  The New York Post owes everyone a good follow-up story.  —  You can't just drop a bombshell that jerks around 80,000 Microsoft and Yahoo! employees, rocks Wall Street and then fizzles before the day is over.  —  The Post should investigate …
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Twitter Launches Moblie Interface  —  Ok, now we are talking, at long last Twitter has launched has a special streamlined mobile interface:  —  For those of you using SMS/text messaging, you can now switch over to web based access (assuming your phone has a browser) and start saving some scratch.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Medieval Tech Support  —  Saul Griffith sent me a pointer to a hilarious video about medieval tech support for the newly introduced book.  It's thought-provoking as well as funny.  While comparing the ease of use of books to scrolls might seem a casual jape, it strikes me how similarly trivial …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Second Life: Europeans Outnumber Americans 3 to 1  —  If Web 2.0 is a bubble of hype, then surely Linden Lab's Second Life is the shiniest bubble of them all.  Companies from IBM, CNet, Reuters, American Apparel, Coldwell Banker and many more have established their presence in the metaverse …
E. C. Hoffman III / Business Week:
All Wired Up in the Shenandoah Valley  —  How one small town is taking the lead on upgrading to IPv6, and why you should know what that is  —  A massive upgrade to the Internet is underway around the world.  Ask most folks about it, and you'll probably get a blank stare.  But not in Harrisonburg, Va.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Hiro: Making Ad Insertion Dynamic  —  Last week I spoke over the phone with Hiro Media's Ronny Golan, who shares the title of founder and CEO with partner Ariel Napchi.  The Israeli company has been around since 2004, but only recently began to trumpet its product worldwide.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Ask: Is the Algorithm Working?  —  It's Friday night in London.  You're out on the town with some friends at the local pub, drinking some beers and the call of nature beckons.  Making your way to the restroom you're confronted with advertising that tells you that 75% of online information goes through one company.
Discussion: digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Linux-powered Mobile Internet Device video walkthrough  —  If you're the dedicated, hardcore type who can sit through minutes upon minutes of walkthroughs despite painfully bad video quality, this one's for you.  Of course, we can assume that even those of you who don't fall in the aforementioned camp …
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade:   Video: Mobile Internet Device / Midinux GUI Walkthrough
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Google Tests 'Gadget Ads'  —  GOOGLE HAS BEGUN BETA-TESTING "GADGET Ads"—interactive applications that advertisers can embed into Web pages, which will add a rich media solution to the search giant's suite of products.  —  Although Google executives revealed the beta during a marketing summit …
Vista Battery Life Myth  —  I do not know from where it's coming the Idea of Vista sucking 30 minutes of Battery Life.  When I had Vista in my Q1 without any power managment installed (from Samsung) I was getting a battery life of around 2 hours.  When I had it with XP, I was getting around 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
English Premier League To Sue YouTube  —  Update: actual class action complaint embedded below.  —  We reported previously that the English Premier League, the football/soccer body in England, was riled about YouTube's use of unauthorized clips.  Now it's going to the courts …
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE AWESOME POWER OF SPARE CYCLES  —  In physics, the greatest (theoretical) latent power in the universe is dark energy, waiting only for us to find a way to tap it (and to prove it actually exists; in the meantime it powers fictional superheroes).  In people, the equivalent is "spare cycles" …
Jason Jones / Internet Outsider:
Ebay is upgrading their search technology - it is about time!  —  Jason Jones: In this message to the Ebay community, Jeff King, Ebay's Sr. Director of Finding, announces that Ebay has upgraded its search technology (they call it 'finding technology') and will roll it out to 1% of new buyers over the next six weeks as a test.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
How-to: Use your TiVo Series3 eSATA port to add an external drive  —  Ever wish you could use that friggin eSATA port TiVo taunts you with on the back of your Series3?  If so your moment has finally arrived — and not a moment too soon for many a DVR-loving TV fans whose drives are filled to the brim with HD programming.
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