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10:40 AM ET, May 16, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace To Acquire Flektor  —  MySpace will acquire Flektor, a just-launched service that allows users to create widgets from photos, video and text, according to two sources with knowledge of the deal.  This comes right after the news of MySpace's pending acquisition of Photobucket last week for $250-$300 million.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fox Interactive keeps on buying  —  A few days ago I had breakfast with Peter Levinsohn, President of Fox Interactive Media, days after Rupert Murdoch made a $5 billion bid for Dow Jones.  We chatted about a variety of topics, but most of them were off the record.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
PR Newswire:
RealNetworks Acquires Sony NetServices, Extending Global Leadership in Mobile Entertainment Services  —  Sony NetServices' Application Service Platform Enhances Real's Mobile Music Offering  —  SEATTLE and SALZBURG, Austria, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq …
Discussion: GigaOM and paidContent.org
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Warner Music sues social network site for piracy  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp. sued Imeem Inc., a music-based social networking Web site, on Tuesday for infringing the copyright of its artists including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Green Day.
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Warner Music sues social networking site imeem over copyright
Discussion: Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.2  —  On behalf of the entire WordPress team, I'm proud and excited to announce the immediate availability of version 2.2 "Getz" for download.  This version includes a number of new features, most notably Widgets integration, and over two hundred bug fixes.  It's named in honor of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.
Linda A. Epstein / Tablet PC 2:
Tablet and Touch Technology on display in Bill Gates Keynote at WinHEC 2007  —  WinHEC 2007 Keynote: Mobile devices are the fast growing area and Windows tablet and touch technology is a big part of that.  Bill Gates showed Both prototypes and shipping product during his Keynote from WinHec 2007 this morning.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune Halo 3 Edition up for pre-order  —  Oh yes it is.  That special edition Halo 3 Zune is real, out, and up for pre-order exclusively through GameStop.  Available June 15th (pre-order now), the $249 promotional Zune comes packin' a 30GB disk loaded with a flood of Halorific music, video and artwork.
Discussion: DailyTech, CrunchGear and Switched
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Xbox.com:
Halo 3 Release Date Announced
Discussion: Channel 10, I4U News and CrunchGear
Geoff Price / Mac Mojo:
Get converted  —  As previously announced, and as indicated by the lower frequency in blogcasting here, everyone at MacBU is exceedingly busy completing Office 2008, which is on track for release later this year.  This work is our primary focus, and is the largest undertaking in our ten year history as an independent team.
UMPCPortal feed.:
UMPC News : Fujitsu UMPC news from WinHEC.  Announcement imminent.  Images and specs released.  —  Thanks to our friends over at Winfuture, who are in attendance at WinHEC, we're getting news coming through about the Fujitsu UMPC.  First off there's three lovely images.  —  Full size images in the Gallery.
Tamir / Just code:
VISTA BATTERY SAVER  —  It's not a secret, that cool WDM (Aero user interface), announced in Windows Vista eat laptops' battery as hungry animal eats it's victim.  But what, actually, "eat" your battery - mostly three things: Aero, Sidebar and your wide laptop screen.
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Streaming Media East Roundup  —  Can't make it to New York this week for Streaming Media East?  Don't worry, blogs about video and videobloggers are on the scene, so no there's no need to navigate Midtown Manhattan wearing a nametag.  —  Beet.TV has been dubbed the "official vlog" for Streaming Media East.
Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Porn.com Sells for 9 Million  —  MXN Limited acquires Porn.com for $9 Million.  Terms of the transaction were not fully disclosed, but this is the second largest adult domain transactions behind sex.com.  It was not more then two months ago when I saw this domain at auction for 7 .5 Million and thought it was a bargain.
Discussion: LiewCF.com, 901am and digg
alarm:clock:
Sequoia Invests In Digg Spin Tool Collactive  —  One of the more exiting startups to have folded in recent memory was Blue Security.  The Israel-based company tapped collective outrage about spam to spam the spammers.  Problem was the spammers had their backs against the wall and retaliated …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
PC World:
Hands on With Fujitsu's Pocket-Size Convertible UMPC  —  Fujitsu claims its FMV-U8240 is the smallest available UMPC.  —  Fujitsu Ltd. unveiled an ultramobile PC that's small enough to fit in a jacket pocket.  —  The machine will first be promoted to corporate users as a secondary PC …
Valleywag:
The Question: Is 30 too old to start a company?  —  Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures noted, to the dismay of some of his older readers, that almost all the entrepreneurs he'd backed were in their thirties.  Steven Levy, in his feature this week on young entrepreneurs …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and SYNTAGMA
BBC:
Malware 'hijacks Windows Updates'  —  Virus writers may be able to smuggle malicious files onto a computer using Microsoft's security patch updates, experts say.  —  At least one program is in circulation that can hijack a key component of Windows Update to introduce malicious software that could be used to hijack a computer.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Your Ad Goes Here  —  THE Internet search engine is an indispensable tool of modern life and an advertising gold mine for Google, the favorite first stop on the Web.  —  But searching accounts for only about 5 percent of the time people spend online; the other 95 percent is spent on the wider Web …
Business Wire:
Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12,000 Other Labels  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN - News) today announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs …
Discussion: David Card
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Web Site Is Held Liable for Some User Postings
Louise Story / New York Times:
MySpace Gives Details of Its Plan to Reveal Known Sex Offenders
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
By the numbers: piracy rate in China down 10 percent
Discussion: Download Squad
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Google's Potential Vulnerability - An Open Ad Network
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Truemors, the Twitter for rumors, smothered by spam
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Discussion: larry borsato
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims