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11:10 PM ET, May 23, 2007


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$100 Million Payday For Feedburner - This Deal Is Confirmed  —  Rumors about Google acquiring RSS management company Feedburner from last week, started by ex-TechCrunch UK editor Sam Sethi, are accurate and are now confirmed according to a source close to the deal.
Todd Cochrane / Geek News Central:
Google is Buying FeedBurner this is pure Evil!  —  I am hearing a lot of people cheering for Feedburner, sure I am happy for the folks that started the company, but this is really bad for people that are now going to be spied upon at a whole new level by the Google machine.
Inside AdSense:
AdSense coming to a video near you  —  You've heard the expression "Content is king."  We completely agree, and we also realize that these days website content is much more than just text — it's also video.  That's why we're excited to announce that this week, we're launching a pilot …
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES PURGE OF AD-HEAVY WEB SITES  —  Google is trying to clean up its search results by cracking down on dubious Web sites that contain little content but lots of ads.  —  The search giant has notified a number of Web publishers in the last few days that they will be dropped from its popular …
Discussion: 10e20
David Ulevitch / OpenDNS Blog:
Google turns the page... in a bad way.  —  This is a long post but it's worth the read.  In short, Google and Dell have teamed up to install some software on Dell computers that borders on being spyware.  I say spyware because it's hard to figure out what it is and is even harder to remove.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google & Dell's Revenue-Generating URL Error Pages Drawing Fire
Discussion: Zero Day
BT and Sony to offer advanced communications for the PSP  —  BT and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) have signed a groundbreaking deal to transform the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) gaming device by adding wireless broadband communications functions, including high quality handheld video calls, voice calls and messaging.
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Targets 35 Million Wii Console Sales in U.S. (Update3)  —  Nintendo Co., the world's largest maker of handheld game players, expects to sell as many as 35 million Wii consoles in the U.S. and approach the record 38.2 million PlayStation 2s sold by Sony Corp. Shares of Nintendo rose.
Discussion: I4U News, and Joystiq
Michael Hoffman / DailyTech:
Nintendo Forecasts 35M Wii Units in U.S. by 2012
Discussion: and TechSpot News
Jeff Barr / Jeff Barr's Blog:
Google Can't Google?  —  Last year Google tried to convince me to join their ranks.  I had a nice trip to Mountain View, a pleasant day of interviews, and a glimpse inside of their campus.  All pretty cool.  I ended up shutting down the process between the "we really want to hire you" …
Polly Graham / News of the World:
POD IT AWAY!  —  COMPUTER giants Apple are really worked up—over an Ann Summers sex toy that hooks up to your iPod.  —  Women all over Britain are saying yes, yes, yes to the £30 iGasm that plugs into a music player and delivers good vibrations that pulse to the beat.
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients  —  Background: In recent months, there have been a number of so-called "Skype Worms" that have been spread in a similar fashion as an Instant Messaging infection - user is sent malicious link, user clicks link and becomes infected assuming …
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
No FFXIII This Year  —  Just in case you were still hoping.  —  Did that updated Final Fantasy XIII trailer (you know, the one you weren't able to see because filming was not allowed) from the Square Enix Party get you even more excited about Japan's most anticipated PS3 title?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Is the Google Video PlusBox Fair?  —  There's an interesting imbalance being created by Google's recent integration of videos right into their search results in the form of a PlusBox.  For instance, when I search for finger flip flop video, a Google Blogoscoped blog entry containing …
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Valleywag
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
GPL author: Google must share code  —  (InfoWorld) - Companies like Google that build their business on software such as Linux have a moral imperative to contribute back to the free software community, a prominent open-source advocate said Tuesday.  —  That's a good thing because it doesn't look …
Interactive Advertising Bureau:
INTERNET ADVERTISING REVENUES GROW 35% IN '06, HITTING A RECORD CLOSE TO $17 BILLION  —  Fourth Quarter '06 Revenues Total $4.8 Billion, Marking Highest Revenue Quarter Ever  —  New York, NY May 23, 2007 - The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) …
Lenovo prepping leather-bound luxury ThinkPad?...  Lenovo today posted a teaser page for a new, special edition for the company's higher-end ThinkPad portables.  The ThinkPad Reserve Edition has received no details but implies the use of a leather-bound shell in its theme, much as ASUS has done with a handful of its own notebook models.
Discussion: CNET and Gizmodo
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Internet tax ban meets resistance in Senate  —  (InfoWorld) - Several U.S. senators questioned whether to extend a ban on access and other Internet-only taxes, at least in their current form, during a hearing Wednesday.  —  The current moratorium on Internet taxes expires on Nov. 1.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rooftop Media raises $2.5M for "middle tail" comedy video site  —  Rooftop Media is a company that publishes video video of stand-up comedy performances in clubs around the nation, featuring artists who may not make it to the big leagues of Comedy Central.  —  The San Francisco company …
Discussion: Mashable! and
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David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test
Georges Yared / Apple Inc (AAPL): BloggingStocks:
Apple will be bigger than IBM
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vista no panacea for PC sales
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Novell to detail Microsoft patent pact
Market Wire: Introduces Local Mobile(TM)
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: RSA 1024-bit Encryption not Enough
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Global Voices wins Knight Foundation News Challenge
 Earlier Items: 
DIGGING DEEPER  —  Milbloggers Upset with Restrictions, But Won't Stop Blogging
Discussion: Social Media
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Are Large Tech Vendors Losing Their Grip On Customers?
Andrew Yoon / PS3 Fanboy:
Firmware 1.80 to include 1080p upscaling for games and movies
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Femtocells bring 3G, cellular signals indoors and underground
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Yahoo! News
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Is Intel's 'Penryn' Chip Hiding Graphics Support?
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
Discussion: p2pnet
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen unloading new MacBook Pros and (possibly) iMacs at WWDC
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
New superfast wireless broadband device prototype submitted to FCC