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11:45 AM ET, May 21, 2007

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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Facebook Moving to An Open Platform Strategy
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Who Will Buy Facebook?  —  Last week billions of dollars changed hands …
Discussion: BoomTown and Telegraph
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Salesforce.com Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft  —  Internet giant Google Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc., a pioneer in online services for businesses, are discussing an alliance that could help them compete more effectively with Microsoft Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
BBC:
'$100 laptop' sparks war of words  —  Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.  —  He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.
Discussion: p2pnet and Gadget Lab
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CBS News:
What If Every Child Had A Laptop?  —  Lesley Stahl Reports On The Dream And The Difficulties Of Getting A Computer To Every Child  —  (CBS) Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at MIT, had a dream.  In it every child on the planet had his own computer.  In that way, he figured …
Discussion: Compiler, Engadget and TeleRead
BBC:
Wi-fi health fears are 'unproven'  —  Scientists have said there is no evidence to suggest a link between the use of wi-fi and damage to health.  —  BBC programme Panorama found that radiation levels from wi-fi in one school was up to three times the level of mobile phone mast radiation.
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google News: The End of News Indexing As We Know It?  —  Scotland's Sunday Herald is running a story reporting that Google has secretly reached deals with several large UK news groups to formally license content for Google News.  —  The report notes that the deals are being kept secret …
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Equity Firms to Buy Alltel in $27.5 Billion Deal  —  Alltel, the wireless phone company, agreed last night to be sold to a consortium of private equity firms for $27.5 billion, marking the largest buyout ever in the telecommunications industry.  —  The consortium includes the Texas Pacific Group …
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Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
TPG, Goldman unit, to buy Alltel in $25 billion deal (Reuters)
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google May Launch Mobile Service In UK  —  We've heard from a good source in the mobile industry that Google may be preparing to launch its own branded mobile network in the UK in the next few weeks.  If our source is accurate, Google will become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) via a deal with UK mobile phone company O2.
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
No plans to bring 80GB PS3 to Europe, says Sony  —  Information on Korean site confirmed  —  A Sony spokesperson has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that an 80GB PlayStation 3 is to go on sale in Korea - but said there are currently no plans to launch the model in Europe.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces 80GB PS3...for Korea
Discussion: I4U News and Kotaku
Xinhua News Agency:
Computers accidentally "attacked" by Norton AntiVirus  —  www.chinaview.cn 2007-05-20 14:22:04  —  An error occurring in the update of Norton's virus database on Friday has caused millions of PCs and computers to crash-a heavy blow to people's daily work and ongoing business.
Discussion: InfoWorld
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up  —  When David All, a former Republican congressional aide, launched a blog recently that he hopes will spur his fellow Republicans to bridge the digital divide, he did his best to sound upbeat.  "Today our Revolution begins," he wrote.  "Tomorrow we fight."
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
An iMac phones home  —  I lost a good friend today.  After an extended loan period, Apple finally asked for its iMac evaluation machine back.  Now everyone in this household is going through withdrawl.  —  Apple originally sent the iMac as background for a feature I wrote on the future of the GUI.
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks  —  Last year, after visiting British Telecom (BT) and meeting with their executives, I left London with one key take away: BT was one telco that completely understood that it was facing uncertain times, and had no choice but to reinvent itself to survive.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise  —  Derided by some and purchased by even fewer, the Tablet PC concept has had a rough go of it since its formal blessing by Microsoft in the form of Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2002.  Pen-based computing is significantly older than that …
 
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Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
Palm shipping new wireless Bluetooth keyboard
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
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New Sony PMX-U50 PMP
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BBC:
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Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Goodbye Cingular, Hello to the New Bell, AT&T
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Free Subtitles = Two Years In Jail?
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Eric Knorr / InfoWorld:
Salesforce.com launches SOA in the cloud (InfoWorld)
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Newspapers, TV and the Net - Its Convergence Time
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Next New Networks Building Micro Television Networks
Associated Press:
Avis to offer wireless Internet gear
Discussion: textually.org
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Firefox and the Anxiety of Growing Pains
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Population: 50 million by 2011
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft go lose its head over aQuantive?
 

 
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