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5:25 PM ET, May 7, 2007

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Valleywag:
Exclusive: Photobucket goes to Myspace  —  Like a squabbling couple finally realizing they can't live without eachother — or a parasite fusing with its host — Photobucket has concluded terms of a sale to Myspace, News Corporation's social network.  The photo sharing service …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: MySpace To Acquire Photobucket For $250 Million  —  Apparently an overzealous Photobucket employee is the source of this rumor, but we've confirmed it with more senior people: MySpace is acquiring Photobucket for $250 million in cash.  We're hearing that there is also an earn-out for up to an additional $50 million.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: Photobucket Acquired By MySpace (Update: Confirmed)  —  UPDATE: See also MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events  —  UPDATE 2: upgrading this from rumor to fact.  Price is in the range of the $300 million PB was looking for.  —  It's the deal you never thought would happen …
Discussion: 606Tech, Online Media Cultist and digg
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MySpace + Photobucket makes sense to me  —  Update:  —  Mike Arrington at TechCrunch says he has been able to confirm the deal with some "senior people" (the Valleywag rumour was apparently the work of an "overzealous employee, according to Mike), and the price is $250-million.
Discussion: Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Did MySpace just buy Photobucket?
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
Did MySpace Just Swallow Photobucket (Updated 2)
Discussion: TechCrunch
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Hotmail Worldwide  —  Built from the ground up, the new Windows Live Hotmail is now safer, more powerful and available virtually anywhere.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live™ Hotmail®, the successor to MSN® Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Microsoft had been tinkering with Windows Live Mail for months, but testers still weren't happy.  —  The program was too slow to load, too different and, well, just not like the old Hotmail it was intended to replace.  —  It was a painful realization for the more than 100 managers and developers on the project.
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
It's Here and the Fun Has Only Just Begun
shahine.com/omar:   And we've shipped  —  Back when I shipped versions of Mac Office …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
NBC Universal sides against YouTube in piracy suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NBC Universal is taking sides with fellow media conglomerate Viacom Inc. over a piracy lawsuit filed against Google Inc.'s online video sharing site YouTube, according to papers filed in court.
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Business Wire:
Samsung Unveils the Q1 Ultra, the Next Stage in the Evolution of Ultra Mobile Personal Computing  —  Increased Battery Life and Advanced Features in a Smaller, More Portable Form Factor  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media …
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC Specs and Pricing
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew Research: 'Web 2.0' Crowd A Small Minority  —  The Pew Internet & American Life Project just released the findings of a new survey of 4,001 U.S. adults that segments Americans into a range of groups based on usage of and attitudes toward the Internet and mobile phones.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
A Chat with Aaron Swartz  —  Aaron Swartz, now in his early twenties, rose to internet fame as technology whiz kid a couple of years ago, working on such things as W3C standards or the Creative Commons.  He was also blogger behind the very successful Google Weblog.
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Switching Back  —  I have been using Mac OSX as my primary OS for almost a year now, but last night I switched back.  What spurred it is that my Mac OSX partition crashed and it wouldn't boot back into the OS - I used rescue tools and drive scanners but it appears that the partition just dissapeared.
benedelman.org:
How Spyware-Driven Forced Visits Inflate Web Site Traffic Counts  —  The usual motive for buying spyware popup traffic is simple: Showing ads.  Cover Netflix's site with an ad for Blockbuster, and users may buy from Blockbuster instead.  Same for other spyware advertisers.
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Beating Warcraft at its own game  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  With more than eight million subscribers, World of Warcraft dominates the online gaming market but some strong rivals are gearing up to take it on.  —  Gaute Godoger, game director at Funcom …
Discussion: WOW Insider and Slashdot
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
CRITICAL MASS  —  Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.  —  On a blustery, overcast day early this year, P.R. representatives from Sprint and Samsung stopped by the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal to meet with the columnist Walter S. Mossberg.  The agenda was clear …
 
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Alex Nicholson / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Techdirt
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
NY Post gloats over Microsoft-Yahoo 'scoop'
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Will the last top developer out of Novell please turn off the lights?
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA "extortion": why the only RICO they fear is Suave
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Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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New York Times:
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