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6:40 PM ET, May 5, 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.
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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 …
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: http://m.twitter.com  —  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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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 …
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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" …
Discussion: rc3.org
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.
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.
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Twitter!  —  I loves me some Twitter.  I didn't always, though.  I thought it was obnoxious, all these people at SXSW twittering to one another.  What's that all about?!?  And then everything changed one day when I walked out of Circuit City seething …
Discussion: parislemon
Networking Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Are Skype and Yahoo Launching a Mobile Network?  —  Jason Jones submits: This Business Week article speculates that eBay (EBAY) owned Skype may partner with Yahoo (YHOO) to develop a mobile network using the 700Mhz spectrum; it says "industry insiders see Skype rolling out its own mobile network, possibly in cahoots with Yahoo."
 
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