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3:28 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  —  Acquisition gossip season rolls on.  The U.K.-based newspaper The Telegraph reported Sunday that Yahoo is rumored to be eyeing social networking site Bebo for as much as $1 billion.  (Compare that to the $580 million that News.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Between the Lines:
Putting data mining in perspective  —  Steve Lohr of the New York Times has an well reported story on the how various corporations, cities, crime fighters, financial institutions and even cement companies are using data mining to improve performance.  Data mining isn't new to the world, but it is becoming more mainstream, Lohr reports.
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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 …
 
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