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2:20 PM ET, May 9, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
EBay Seeks to Add StumbleUpon to Portfolio  —  EBay Inc. is in advanced talks to acquire StumbleUpon Inc., an Internet company that helps people discover Web pages that match their interests, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The potential price for a deal is in the range of $75 million, these people say.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   eBay Close to Acquiring StumbleUpon
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Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Final iPod update is available via Download Center
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Last.fm Launches Video - Aims To Be The MTV Of Web 2.0 Age  —  Online radio station Last.fm is adding a video section to its site this week, enabling users to create their own personalised video channels - similar to how users can already create radio stations based on their music tastes.
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Last.fm + YouTube = Last.fm Video!
Discussion: franticindustries
Peter Rojas / Engadget Mobile:
Palm Treo 755p hands-on  —  Let's be real: the new Treo 755p is more or less what the 700p should have been.  There's not exactly anything wrong with it, just that it's been a year since the 700p came out and all the improvements to the 755p are rather minor.
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Gizmodo:
Hands On: Treo 755 Hands On with Sprint EVDO, Palm OS, and Google Maps  —  Here's the deal on the Palm Treo 755: It's a 750 generation variant, running on Palm OS and Sprint instead of Windows Mobile and AT&T/Cingular/Whatever.  That means its got that Sprint EVDO we know and love …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard update hands-on  —  Well, that Xbox 360 Spring 2007 Dashboard update did land at about 2:00AM PST as expected, and brought with it a few fun features we were hot to test out — but none more than the Xbox's expanded video playback capabilities.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
First Look - Google Print Ads Now Part of AdWords  —  We've looked around and we're pretty confident that Marketing Pilgrim has the first screenshots of Google Print integrated with AdWords.  —  Using the AdWords console, advertisers can select the following:  — Date range for ads to run.
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Mpire and the year of the widget  —  Looking to capitalize on its shopping analytics, Seattle's Mpire today is rolling out about 80 new e-commerce "widgets."  —  The free "widgets" — small online applications or tools that easily plug in to Web sites — will allow bloggers and online publishers …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Mpire Launches Widgets for eBay and Amazon Affiliates
Discussion: uncov and Mashable!
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Microsoft buys stake in CareerBuilder job site  —  Microsoft Corp., has bought a minority equity stake in CareerBuilder.com, the online job site owned by Tribune Co., Gannett Co. and McClatchy Co., the companies announced today.  —  Microsoft is acquiring 4 percent of CareerBuilder, sources said.
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Microsoft Takes CareerBuilder Stake
Discussion: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
War Of The People Search  —  I moderated a fascinating panel tonight at Google headquarters that included execs from three "people search engines" - the CEO of Wink (Michael Tanne), the CEO of Spock (Jaideep Singh), and the COO of Zoominfo (Bryan Burdick).  —  The panel was very timely.
Microsoft:
Microsoft SQL Server "Katmai" Builds on Proven Success of SQL Server 2005, Empowering Customers to Manage the Data Explosion  —  Vision for next release of SQL Server announced at Microsoft's first Business Intelligence Conference.  —  Today at the first Microsoft Business Intelligence …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Surge in Mac users good for Apple, not so good for security  —  According to web metric analysts WebSideStory and Net Applications, the number of people surfing the web in the US on a Mac doubled over the past eight months.  This represents an increase from a long-term flat-line of about 3% to around 6%.
Discussion: MacUser, Infinite Loop and MacMegasite
James Quintana Pearce / mocoNews.net:
Rumor: Ericsson Looking To Buy Motorola  —  This is very much a "rumors are rife" story, so take it as such: Ed Snyder at Charter Equity Research has allegedly claimed that two of the main shareholders in Motorola told him that Carl Icahn has spread rumours that Ericsson is looking to buy Motorola …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Escaping the data panopticon: Prof says computers must learn to "forget"  —  The rise of fast processors and cheap storage means that remembering, once incredibly difficult for humans, has become simple.  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, a professor in Harvard's JFK School of Government …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Chris Pirillo:
How to Start Business  —  The Internet is a pretty amazing tool for business—so long as you know how to use it.  It is essential to understand that the Internet doesn't work like more traditional forms of media.  The Internet has changed the way that businesses and consumers interact.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Weebly Launches Blog Platform, Closes $650K Investment  —  AJAX website editor Weebly has just landed $650K in investment and launched a new blogging platform today.  The investment comes from Ron Conway's Baseline Ventures, Steve Anderson, Sydin Senkhut, Paul Buchheit, and Mike Maples.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Mozilla to (eventually) develop Firefox for mobile phones
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report and APC
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Comcast CEO Shows Off Dreamy Looks, Insanely Fast Modem
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
160Mbps downloads move closer for US cable customers
Discussion: digg
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Complete PC gets shoved into a classic Gameboy
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Patent envisions landline phones displaying targeted ads
BBC:
Touch-and-pay cards get go ahead
Discussion: Neowin.net
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple To Reveal Secret Leopard Features in June
Discussion: MacRumors
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The High Price of Getting Paid for Content
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Euro Startups Quiz - What's Your Score?
Discussion: Peer Pressure and Techscape
Pixeleen Mistral / Second Life Herald:
Op/Ed: Philip Linden's Folly
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Microsoft Flies A Blimp Into Second Life
Sol Invictus / Hellgate Guru News:
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Andy Patrizio / internetnews.com:
Does JavaFX Spell The End Of AJAX?
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
RateItAll Launches Read/Write Widget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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