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5:05 AM ET, May 21, 2007

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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Opens Its Pages As a Way to Fuel Growth  —  Facebook Inc. has bucked the Silicon Valley acquisition trend, remaining independent of larger technology companies.  Now the social-networking start-up is seeking ways to reach the big leagues on its own.
Discussion: /Message and Mashable!
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Facebook Moving to An Open Platform Strategy  —  So says WSJ, jumping on an upcoming announcement it says will happen Thursday: Facebook will announce a new strategy to let other companies provide their services on special pages within its site, moving beyond its basic social networking service.
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.
Discussion: Telegraph
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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Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
TPG, Goldman unit, to buy Alltel in $25 billion deal (Reuters)  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wireless company Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT - news) said on Sunday it had agreed to be bought by TPG Capital and the buyout arm of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS - news) for about $25 billion, making …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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:
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 …
BBC:
Wi-Fi: a warning signal  —  Britain is in the grip of a Wi-Fi revolution with offices, homes and classrooms going wireless - but there is concern the technology could carry health risks.  —  The Government insists Wi-Fi is safe, but a Panorama investigation shows that radio frequency radiation levels …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Firefox and the Anxiety of Growing Pains  —  IF the open-source software movement were an upstart political campaign, Chris Messina would be one of its community organizers — the young volunteer who decamps to New Hampshire, knocking on doors, putting up signs.
Discussion: MetaFilter
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?
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Avis to offer wireless Internet gear  —  NEW YORK - Avis Rent A Car System is offering customers a wireless Internet service to use in its rented cars, hotel rooms and other places a traveler might go.  —  The new Avis Connect service, priced at $10.95 per day, can transmit a Wi-Fi signal …
Discussion: textually.org
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs  —  A WebmasterWorld thread that I have been tracking for a few days now has been getting a lot of attention over the weekend.  In short, there are rumors that Google will be shutting down AdSense arbitrageurs.  —  Arbitrage and AdSense …
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Shoemoney:
Adsense Arbitrage - Just The Facts
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Next New Networks Building Micro Television Networks  —  Next New Networks is an online media company with big plans for "micro television networks".  —  The New York based company launched in January with $8 million in funding from Spark Capital.  —  The team behind the service is impressive.
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Google, Salesforce.com Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft
The Utube Blog:
YouTube founders bet on user-generated content over big media
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Maker Faire 2007 Photos
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces 80GB PS3...for Korea
Discussion: Kotaku and I4U News
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Does Windows Vista Rate?
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
E-Commerce Report: Bad Hair Days Lead Pair to Web Incubator and Venture Capital
Discussion: Mashable! and Jeffrey McManus
 Earlier Items: 
Ilana DeBare / San Francisco Chronicle:
Narrowing Online Market Focus
Discussion: Screenwerk
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rumor from across the pond: Yahoo wants Bebo
Discussion: TechCrunch
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Why Can't Newspapers Get With the Program?
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: 113 keys, ready to pre-order
Gizmodo:
Gallery: Giz Hearts Maker's Faire
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Prototype: Why Work Is Looking More Like a Video Game
 

 
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