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1:10 AM ET, May 21, 2007

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Nick / Rough Type:
Long player  —  I started reading David Weinberger's new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, this weekend.  I'd been looking forward to it.  Weinberger has a supple, curious mind and an easy way with words.  Even though I rarely agree with his conclusions, he gets the brain moving - and that's what matters.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Who Will Buy Facebook?  —  Last week billions of dollars changed hands in online related acquisitions.  Anything that is worth buying is being bought.  —  The rumors that Yahoo is in talks to acquire Bebo for $1billion may have seen wild 2 years ago, but in today's online market compare favorably price wise.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rumor from across the pond: Yahoo wants Bebo
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Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft go lose its head over aQuantive?  —  I've been trying to find a way to illustrate just how screwy Microsoft's $6 billion bid for aQuantive is, and here it is: For $6 billion in cash, Microsoft could have hired, in a single day, 60,000 engineers and salespeople …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: 113 keys, ready to pre-order  —  Ready to move around some funds in your accounts?  Take out that loan from your mom?  Tell your wife you just don't know why the account's a grand light?  The Optimus Maximus is up for pre-order for $1564.37.
Discussion: parislemon, Zoli's Blog, Slashdot and digg
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Population: 50 million by 2011  —  When technology analyst group Gartner recently asserted that "80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 companies) will have a 'second life', but not necessarily in Second Life" by 2011, a lot of people jumped the gun and assumed 8 …
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
E-Commerce Report: Bad Hair Days Lead Pair to Web Incubator and Venture Capital  —  FOR many entrepreneurs in the first dot-com boom, the name of the game was "portal-matic."  Spin a wheel, pick a niche interest group, build a comprehensive Web portal aimed at that group's needs and cash a venture capitalist's check.
Discussion: Mashable! and Jeffrey McManus
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Does Windows Vista Rate? … The expedition really started two weeks ago, when my sister shopped for a new notebook.  A week before her return to Guatemala, her Sony VAIO VGNS-S160's hard drive drove into oblivion.  Because of the age of the Sony laptop and the risk hard drive replacement might lead …
Steven Vass / Scotland Sunday Herald:
Google reach deals with news websites  —  INTERNET SEARCH engine Google is understood to have reached deals with several large UK news groups over carrying their content on Google News.  —  The deals are reputedly being kept strictly secret for fear that Google will end up having to pay …
Ilana DeBare / San Francisco Chronicle:
Narrowing Online Market Focus  —  Keywords are key: Small businesses find pay-per-click ads can be economical tool  —  Howard Mora started buying pay-per-click Internet ads two years ago for his Fremont pet-sitting business, the Animal Nanny.  Today he gets about 40 new clients per year …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Bright Ideas: Reaping Results: Data-Mining Goes Mainstream  —  RODNEY MONROE, the police chief in Richmond, Va., describes himself as a lifelong cop whose expertise is in fighting street crime, not in software.  His own Web browsing, he says, mostly involves checking golf scores.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Zenrob
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Between the Lines:   Putting data mining in perspective
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Prototype: Why Work Is Looking More Like a Video Game  —  WORK is not play.  But maybe it should be.  —  In fact, Paul Johnston has remade his company on the idea that business software will work better if it feels like a game.  Mr. Johnston is not some awkward adolescent …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Betting on the Future  —  There's a lot of good reason for gloom and doom in the newspaper business.  Unfortunately, that pessimism seems to extend to the potential for online advertising to significantly contribute to revenue and the bottom line.  "Heck, the Web is only about 5 percent of revenue today," newspaper executives fret.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and paradox1x
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Gizmodo:
Gallery: Giz Hearts Maker's Faire  —  That's Lisa and yours truly at the Flickr/Yahoo! booth, where they'd take a polaroid and scan it using some custom ware on a Sharp photocopier directly to Flickr.  —  And here's my photo stream of 90 photos from the amazing and completely overwhelming Maker's Faire.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and I4U News
Mark Helprin / New York Times:
A Great Idea Lives Forever.  Shouldn't Its Copyright?  —  WHAT if, after you had paid the taxes on earnings with which you built a house, sales taxes on the materials, real estate taxes during your life, and inheritance taxes at your death, the government would eventually commandeer it entirely?
Margaret Webb Pressler / Washington Post:
For Texting Teens, an OMG Moment When the Phone Bill Arrives  —  Sofia Rubenstein, 17, got in trouble the way a lot of teens do these days.  —  Her incessant text-messaging racked up a huge phone bill on the family's wireless plan.  —  "It's whatever pops into my head.  There's no stopping it," she said.
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Banner ads work subliminally
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