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4:40 PM ET, May 17, 2007


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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
WPP Acquires 24/7 Real Media To Compete With Google And Yahoo  —  I saw one of Google's "agency relationship managers" give a pitch to a top agency, where she gave the standard line that Google doesn't want to be an ad agency.  I didn't believe it for a second.
Search Engine Land:
Video Blending & Video Meta Search  —  There's nothing new about Google listing links to video content in its regular search results, including links to pages in Google-owned Google Video and YouTube.  However, Universal Search is changing things.  Instead of considering that content as part …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Google's Universal Search brings minor interface tweaks, more results
Google overhauls main search page
Discussion: Reuters
News Flash: Apple iPhone receives FCC approval  —  Apple Inc. on Thursday received the official go-ahead on its first ever mobile handset, with the Federal Communications Commission giving the iPod maker the green light to commence sales of the device in the United States.
David Flynn / APC:
Vista will be the last version of Windows for Pentium 4 and Core Duo owners  —  It's the end of the line for 32-bit operating systems, Microsoft has proclaimed at its annual Windows Hardware Engineering conference  —  After the software giant has gotten over its hangover from partying …
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Latest AACS revision defeated a week before release  —  Despite the best efforts of the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) Licensing Administration (AACS LA), content pirates remain one step ahead.  A new volume key used by high-def films scheduled for release next week has already been cracked.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Slashdot
Wired News:
What Makes Techmeme Tick?  Inventor Gabe Rivera Explains  —  For many Silicon Valley insiders, one site has become the primary aggregator of technology news: Techmeme.  The site constantly scrapes news sites and blogs and compiles a continually updated list of links to the most popular tech news of the day.
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The net is being carved up into information plantations  —  Search at on evolution or Iraq or Aids or Gordon Brown, and the same site will appear at the top of the list of results: Wikipedia.  Alter your search into one for John Keats or Muhammad Ali or Christianity or platypus or loneliness, and the same thing will happen.
Discussion: bytes|genes and MediaVidea
FightinSunDevil / Gamerscore Blog:
Clearing the Air: In Support of HD DVD...  'Just want to clear up a few things surrounding several erroneous stories regarding alleged comments from Peter Moore about Xbox 360 supporting Blu-ray.  Simply put...These reports are completely incorrect.  —  Some online media outlets have picked …
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Google Korea to censor search results  —  (InfoWorld) - Google Korea plans to introduce an age-verification system to its search engine later this year that will restrict adult-themed searches to those 19 years of age and older, it said Thursday.  —  Users will be asked to verify their age …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Samsung and LG.Philips announce super-thin OLEDs  —  The quest to make thinner cell phones and other mobile devices continues each day, but Samsung and LG.Philips may be moving closer to that goal with their new active-matrix OLEDs (AMOLED).  Both companies announced new AMOLED displays today …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Staten Island Advance / SI Advance Newslog:
'V-Tech Rampage' Internet game sparks outrage  —  An Internet video game putting players in the role of Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho may be nothing more than a twisted publicity stunt.  —  But the sick game is now in the cross hairs of state Sen. Andrew Lanza …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T offers mobile backup solution  —  Phones get lost, broken, dropped in toilets, and otherwise afflicted on a daily basis.  In addition to dealing with the emotional repercussions of losing your treasured mobile device, the fallout from losing all of your contacts can be catastrophic.
Ina Fried / CNET
Half of the future Gates  —  newsmaker Craig Mundie is trying to fill Bill Gates shoes.  Well, at least one of them.  —  Keenly aware that no one person can replace Microsoft's cultural icon, the company has divided his responsibilities among two top executives.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
More Firefox Bloat?  Say It Ain't So, Mozilla  —  When Firefox launched in beta release five years ago, it burst on the open-source browser scene like a young Elvis Presley — slim, sexy and dangerous.  —  Since then it has attracted millions of users, generally set the agenda …
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
PSP hardware refresh coming this year, says report
Discussion: PSP Fanboy and digg
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Google v. Perfect 10: Appeals court affirms that thumbnails are fair use
TED / uncov:
Guy Kawasaki Should Stick To Contentless Blog Posts
Discussion: Epicenter
PC World:
ReadyBoost Flash Drives Lack Significant Boost
Discussion: TechSpot News and digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent in Focus: TV-series are Hot
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Google to Yahoo and Microsoft: the $1.65 billion was worth it
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Microsoft apologizes for Halo 3 problems, extends beta
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SCEA Announces PSP Store, SOCOM PS3, Warhawk Beta Plans
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Stanford to hit P2P users in the wallet with reconnection fees
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Vista Service Pack 1: It lives
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Entropia Universe: A Better Second Life?
Discussion: VTOR and
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Imagine Live Search - Microsoft's Test Site Launches
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Making The Switch From Twitter to Jaiku