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7:25 PM ET, May 20, 2007

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Iain Dey / Telegraph:
Yahoo may net Bebo owners $1bn  —  Yahoo is rumoured to be working on an attempted takeover of Bebo, Britain's most popular social networking site, which could turn its British-born founder into the next internet billionaire.  —  Michael Birch founded the site with his American wife, Xochi, in 2005.
Discussion: Vecosys, paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Rumored $1 billion Talks With Bebo  —  Update: Recent Comscore traffic data for Bebo, MySpace and Facebook is here.  —  Rumors about social networking site Bebo being for sale come up every few months.  First it was British Telecom for $550 million in July 2006 (we started that one) …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Froosh / HipMojo.com:
Bebo/YHOO: My Rumor's Bigger Than Yours  —  A couple of weeks ago, eBay was said to buy Stumble Upon, sort of.  —  Last week, CBS bought Wallstrip, sort of.  —  Today, Yahoo!'s buying Bebo, according to the Telegraph, sort of.  —  I met Michael and Xochi Birch at EconSM.  Nice folks.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Yahoo In Talks To Buy Bebo for $1 Billion (Rumor)  —  A huge rumor is floating around the UK this weekend, topped off with articles in the British Sunday papers: Yahoo is said to be in talks with Bebo about a $1 billion acquisition.  —  The site, launched in 2005, has been the source …
MG Siegler / parislemon:
Yahoo: When You Can't Buy Facebook, You Buy Bebo
Discussion: TechCrunch and Joe Duck
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Rumor from across the pond: Yahoo wants Bebo
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Why Can't Newspapers Get With the Program?  —  In a radical step for a newspaper, radical even in these dire days for the newspaper business, the San Francisco Chronicle announced that it is slashing 25% of its newsroom staff.  Boom.  One-quarter of the staff will be gone by the end of summer.
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Mark Evans:
The Chronicle's 25% Solution  —  Everyone knows newspapers are struggling to deal with lower circulation and advertising revenue but the San Francisco Chronicle's decision to slash 25% of its staff within a few months is eye-opening news.  While this move will likely incite more concerns …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle to cut 25% of jobs in newsroom
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:   San Francisco Paper Whacks Jobs
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Betting on the Future  —  There's a lot of good reason for gloom …
Discussion: Associated Press
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Internet Giants Vie to Snap Up Web Ad Firms
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Washington Post
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
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.
Discussion: cruel to be kind and Slashdot
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: Quick Online Tips, Slashdot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MyMiniLife: Your Embeddable Virtual World  —  MyMiniLife is a Flash based virtual world/social network.  Users create and customize a character and then build out a virtual space, adding walls, floors, doors, windows, etc.  Users can then add customized goods ranging from lamps to cannons to the space …
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 old brain moving - and that's what matters.
Discussion: howardowens.com
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 …
Computerworld:
New and 'improved' Gozi Trojan version on the loose  —  Stealthier Russian Trojan on the loose since April  —  Jaikumar Vijayan Today's Top Stories or Other Security Stories  —  A new, stealthier version of a previously known Russian Trojan horse program called Gozi has been circulating …
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
 
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