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1:40 PM 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.
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Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Facebook Builds "Reverse-API" — Will Get *Others* To Build *Its* Mashups!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Facebook Moving to An Open Platform Strategy
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Slippery Slope: Is Google Now Paying More Newspapers To Link To Them?  —  We were surprised last month to hear that Google had backed down in its dispute with news agency AFP, agreeing to pay up in order to link to AFP articles in Google News.  As has been explained repeatedly, Google is increasing traffic and attention to their sites.
Discussion: franticindustries
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Denies New UK News Search Deal  —  Google reach deals with news websites from the Sunday Herald reports that Google has reached a dead with several large UK newsgroups to carry content on Google News, but Google tells me no such deals have been agreed.  —  "It is categorically no," said spokesperson Jessica Powell.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Epicenter
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Going Private: Alltel for $27.5 billion  —  Updated: Alltel, one of the smaller mobile carriers has decided to go private in a deal that values the company at $27.5 billion ($71.50 a share in cash), a 23% premium over Alltel's closing price on December 29, 2006, when the rumors of the likely deal first surfaced.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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Alltel.com:   Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share
Tom Parsons / Associated Press:   Alltel agrees to $24.8 billion buyout
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: Hardware 2.0, 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 …
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: Engadget and broadbandreports.com
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.
Ben Edelman:
Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates  —  Spyware vendors are trying to clean up their images.  For example, Zango settled a FTC investigation, then last week sued PC Tools for detecting and removing Zango software.  Meanwhile, Integrated Search Technologies …
BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off  —  The UK's first police remote control helicopter has taken off.  —  Merseyside police are using the "spy drone", fitted with CCTV cameras, mainly for tackling anti-social behaviour and public disorder.  —  The machine is 1m wide, weighs less than a bag of sugar …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones
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 and Neowin.net
Ilse Jurriën / LetsGoDigital English Edition:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100  —  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 : Panasonic announce a new addition to the Lumix family of high-performance digital cameras.  The new Lumix DMC-FX100 combines 1/1.72-inch large 12.2-megapixel image recording with a superb, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens that features …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, DailyTech and I4U News
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs  —  I actually don't hate the Java language (at least it's killing off c++), but every time I use it I'm blown away by how hostile the APIs are.  —  For example, let's say that we want to scale an image file.  That's a fairly common thing to do, so it's probably only one line of code, right?
Discussion: JD on EP
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.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Cathedral & Bazaar on All Time Best Business Book List  —  I was pleased to see that The Cathedral and the Bazaar was on U.S. News and World Report's list of the Best Business Books of All Time, courtesy of Jim Buckmaster.  —  Let's leave aside the pretentiousness of the article's title …
 
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Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
LG Electronics to stop making plasma panels at 1 of 4 South Korean plants
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
James Niccolai / PC World:
Noose Tightens Around Allofmp3.com
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Coop Embeds Gadgets in Search Results
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division (PC World)
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Pirillo:
Open Source Web Browser
USA Today:
Ad Track: KFC mines consumers' videos for ads
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
An iMac phones home
Discussion: MacDailyNews
 Earlier Items: 
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
New Sony PMX-U50 PMP
Discussion: Engadget and Anything But iPod
BBC:
Blaze ravages historic Cutty Sark
Discussion: JD on EP and digg
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
Discussion: 21talks and MacDailyNews
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Goodbye Cingular, Hello to the New Bell, AT&T
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Subtitles = Two Years In Jail?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs