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11:55 AM ET, May 5, 2007


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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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microhoo - The much ballyhooed talks are off  —  So much for the Goldman Sachs' arranged marriage of Yahoo and Microsoft.  It didn't even merit an episode on Blind Date!  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the talks are well not happening.  They had talked, briefly …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google Gadgets are now an AdSense unit  —  Webmasters will soon be able to auction off widget space on their sites and blogs managed and marketed by advertising powerhouse Google.  Advertisers will produce a Google Gadget in standard IAB unit sizes for distribution across the Google network at CPC or CPM billing rates.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Mashable!
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google In Talks To Acquire SimplyHired  —  Rumors surfaced today that Google is in discussions to acquire job search engine Simply Hired.  Trip Chowdry, a research analyst at Global Equity Research first spoke about it, and the story was then picked up by Alarm:Clock.
Discussion: ALLIED and ben barren
Google Negotiating Buy-out of Simply Hired  —  Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdry says that Google is stepping up its efforts to buy VC-backed SimplyHired.  The job search engine most recently made news with the launch of its job-o-matic which creates widgets for bloggers to create …
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.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny!, TiVo Lovers and digg
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.
Tyler Crowley / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
CalacanisCast 26 beta  —  Special guest: Digg's Jay Adelson and Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann  —  Hello everyone, Tyler here - back with a podcast for your listening pleasure (read: no video)  —  In this episode, Jason speaks candidly with Jay and Fred regarding the recent DRM snafu.
Discussion: Epicenter and The Last Podcast
Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
What Happened at Digg?
The Space Craft:
Windows Live Spaces Road Trip  —  We've got a really exciting opportunity to share.  Windows Live Spaces, in partnership with MSN Live Earth is organizing a road trip across America.  We would love for you to be involved.  Below is the ad that will be running online and in college newspapers papers across the country this Friday.
Discussion: Mashable! and LiveSide
YouTube facing football lawsuit  —  The English Premier League is to sue video-sharing site YouTube for alleged copyright infringement.  —  The football organisation said YouTube had "knowingly misappropriated" its intellectual property by encouraging footage to be viewed on its site.
Business: Create and edit organization charts at CogMap … Web site CogMap lets you create and edit organizational charts in a drag-and-drop, wiki-like environment.  —  If you've ever worked in a large company that was sorely missing any sort of good org chart where you never knew who did what …
USA Today:
Don't be afraid, Linux isn't just for geeks  —  It came out earlier this week that Dell will soon offer computers running Linux instead of Windows.  Not all of its machines, obviously — the company wants to stay in business — but Linux will be an option on at least two desktops and one laptop models.
Discussion: JD on EP and BloggingStocks
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" …
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