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4:00 AM ET, May 14, 2007


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CBS News Acquiring Wallstrip, New Headache in Eeking Out Online Profits  —  Wallstrip - the Wall Street web video program featuring Lindsay Campbell trying to make the Nasdaq hilarious - is being snapped up by CBS News, we're told, for something in the $5 million range.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million  —  Jossip is reporting that corporate focused video blog WallStrip has been acquired by CBS News for $5 million.  The report states that an announcement is expected early this week and involves WallStrip host Lindsay Campbell being the next Amanda Congdon for CBS, fronting online shows.
Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Microsoft takes on the free world  —  Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents.  It wants royalties from distributors and users.  Users like you, maybe.  Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.
Ina Fried / CNET
Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents
David Dalka:
MyBlogLog to Rebrand and Make Significant Changes  —  At SOBcon yesterday in Chicago, Robyn Tippins, who was recently hired as the MyBlogLog community manager, spoke about several major upcoming changes with MyBlogLog.  —  There are several changes in the works:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Finally Upgrade MyBlogLog  —  MyBlogLog, the ubiquitous blog widget that shows pictures of recent visitors to a site, was one of the "instant" success stories of 2006 - Yahoo acquired the company before most people even had a chance to hear about it.  —  Like many blogs, we had the MyBlogLog widget on TechCrunch for months.
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Duncan /   Yahoo and MyBlogLog: too little, too late
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
We need better statistics...  Almost every entrepreneur I talk to lately whines privately about the stats they see on places like, Comscore, and Alexa.  Today Tom Conrad of Pandora told me that they are extremely low.  He says his service requires registration …
Marshall Sponder / WebMetricsGuru:
Second Life Key Metrics - April 2007
Discussion: Conversion Rater
The Age:
First A4 colour e-paper unfurled  —  The world's first A4-sized colour electronic-paper - a paper-thin and bendable viewing panel, produced LCD.  —  South Korea's LG Philips LCD has developed the world's first A4-sized colour electronic-paper - a paper-thin and bendable viewing panel.
Drew / Dembot:
+ Why do Video Platforms Fail?  —  In online video, there is big interest in the entry point, the place where people go to discover and watch video and ultimately where payment is made, one way or another, for the watching.  For some incredible reason that I can not fathom …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Thomas Gagnon-van Leeuwen / MacUser: sees quite a spike is U.S. visitors  — sees quite a spike in U.S. visitors  —  Apparently, Apple's website saw quite a jump in visitors between March and April. comScore's data shows that the number of American visitors at went from 27.3 million to 38.8 million …
Discussion: MacDailyNews, BloggingStocks and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Enterprise RSS - 3 Major Vendors Show The Way  —  Forrester has just released a new report on Enterprise RSS.  Specifically it tackles the issue of information overload in the corporate environment, now that RSS feeds are an important source of information in the workplace.
Give Hammer a break  —  The collective response to Michael Arrington including MC Hammer on his TechCrunch 20 review panel is pretty lame, IMO.  —  Commenters should keep in mind that this is a real guy they're talking about.  Have some friggin courtesy.  I've actually met the guy at a party …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
RFID being tapped to stifle exam cheaters  —  Cheating has been around for as long as there have been exams, and modern-day cheaters have a whole host of electronic tools to help them in their nefarious activities.  The other side hasn't stood still, however: the UK-based Edexcel examination board …
Discussion: The RFID Weblog
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog  —  Jonathan Coulton sat in Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn, his Apple PowerBook open before him, and began slogging through the day's e-mail.  Coulton is 36 and shaggily handsome.  In September 2005, he quit his job as a computer programmer and …
Discussion: 43 Folders and Coolfer
Lightroom and Open Source  —  · Over the last few years, I've become something of an open-source triumphalist, drifting to the conclusion that (on the engineering side) it's the best way to build software and (on the business side) it's a better way to monetize it.
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Music Radio on the Internet Faces Thorny Royalty Issues  —  Since closed its box of digital musical delights this month to users outside the United States, the complaints have been pouring in from Dubai to Patagonia.  —  It is "a step back to the dark ages in the music world!" fumed Mario from Mexico City.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Now Called Yak4Ever  —  AllFreeCalls Back From DeadPool, Free Calls Are Here Again  —  When AllFreeCalls shut down in February as a result of litigation, most people thought it was gone for good.  The service, which allows people to call overseas for free …
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
We did it, Yak4ever goes live
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