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4:22 AM ET, May 5, 2007

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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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and Virtual Economics
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WSJ: Yahoo, Microsoft talks no longer active  —  The Yahoo-Microsoft talks are apparently no longer active, according to the Wall Street Journal, which just updated its story.  —  The Journal reports: … Earlier today, I asked whether this Yahoo-Microsoft chatter was for real this time.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Microsoft To Buy (Swallow) Yahoo...Again? Please, God, No.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Reconsider Merger
DealBook:
Microsoft Rekindles Its Pursuit of Yahoo
Darren Waters / BBC:
DRM group vows to fight bloggers  —  Bloggers "crossed the line" when they posted a software key that could break the encryption on some HD-DVDs, the AACS copy protection body has said.  —  Thousands of websites published the key, which had been uncovered in a bid to circumvent digital rights management …
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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 firestorm that erupted at Digg earlier this week over a censored post has led to a lot of discussion about the nature of censorship in a world where everyone is a publisher.  Called "The Great Digg Revolt," by some, the incident illustrated how much power users …
Discussion: The FASTForward Blog
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.
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alarm:clock:
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 …
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Lean and Mean  —  Last year I wrote a series of columns on management problems at IBM Global Services, explaining how the executive ranks from CEO Sam Palmisano on down were losing touch with reality, bidding contracts too low to make a profit then mismanaging them in an attempt to make a profit anyway …
BBC:
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.
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.
eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Poised to Rule Entertainment, Devices World  —  There are three ways to make money on an Xbox.  Generally it's not on the hardware itself; we'll probably be gross margin neutral on that over the life cycle of the product and try to break even on that.
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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: TiVo Lovers
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: LiveSide
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Technorati Adds Authority to SERPs  —  After reading Neil's post about Pronet Advertising, Search Engine Land and Online Marketing Blog making Technorati's Popular 100 list, I thought I'd search T'rati a bit more and noticed an Authority score starting to appear next to the blogs in the search results.
Go Nintendo:
Lego Star Wars I and II heading to Wii, Thrillville sequel as well  —  Another early retailer's list has shown us a few more games heading the Wii's way.  Lego Star Wars I and II will come to the Wii, this time renamed "The Complete Saga".  This will mark Lucasarts first piece of software for the Wii.
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
OverHear.us: Corporate Gossip 2.0  —  If you're like most people, you've probably had your fair share of bad managers and misdirected corporate initiatives, leading to grumbling around the office.  It's hard to tell the person signing your check that their the problem and not all of us …
Lifehacker:
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 …
 
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Xbox 360 Marketplace Territory Controls Strengthened
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 Earlier Items: 
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Bugs And Unstable Code Threaten Second Life's Future
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Ars Technica:
Asustek to launch $249 Classmate PC design in July
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops
MacNN:
Apple patent reveals Leopard's Multiple Dashboard feature, more
Discussion: MacUser, Infinite Loop and Compiler
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Pidgin 2.0  —  Developer: Pidgin Community (Project site)
The Globe and Mail:
Thomson in takeover talks with Reuters
Discussion: paidContent.org and Epicenter
Jgovernor / James Governor's Monkchips:
Somebody shot the president!  Twitter: Nothing To See Here, Get Back To Work.
Discussion: Rough Type and point being
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Vista draining laptop batteries, patience