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11:10 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.
Rafat Ali /
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 …
Discussion: BoomTown and Telegraph
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft  —  Internet giant Google Inc. and 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.
'$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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share  —  Little Rock, AR - Alltel Corp. (NYSE: AT) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners ("GSCP"), in a transaction valued at approximately $27.5 billion.
Discussion: GigaOM
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Equity Firms to Buy Alltel in $27.5 Billion Deal
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 /
No plans to bring 80GB PS3 to Europe, says Sony  —  Information on Korean site confirmed  —  A Sony spokesperson has confirmed to 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.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, DailyTech and Inquirer
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces 80GB PS3...for Korea
Discussion: I4U News and The Boy Genius Report
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
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 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Subtitles = Two Years In Jail?  —  from the but-why?  dept  —  This one was submitted last week, and a few other sites had stories about it late last week or over the weekend, but the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it became.  It's the story of a group of folks …
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Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
New Sony PMX-U50 PMP
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Discussion: digg
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up
Discussion: IP Democracy
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Goodbye Cingular, Hello to the New Bell, AT&T
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Newspapers, TV and the Net - Its Convergence Time
 Earlier Items: 
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Next New Networks Building Micro Television Networks
Associated Press:
Avis to offer wireless Internet gear
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
Discussion: MetaFilter
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Does Windows Vista Rate?
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Population: 50 million by 2011
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft go lose its head over aQuantive?
Nick / Rough Type:
Long player  —  I started reading David Weinberger's new book …

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