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7:15 AM ET, May 24, 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.
Discussion: O'Flaherty and
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:   Google, Please leave BlogAds, Adify and TribalFusion Alone
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search without boundaries  —  Posted by Franz Och, Research Scientist; Maureen Heymans, Software Engineer; and Jeff Chin, International Product Manager  —  One of our goals at Google is to provide access to all the world's information.  A big obstacle for that is the language barrier.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Adsense For Video, Google Still Lagging  —  Google has announced a closed beta test of Adsense for Video.  —  According to the post on Inside Adsense, Adsense for Video consists of "in-stream" advertisements.  Publishers define at what point the advertisements will appear for each video.
Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
Discussion: 10e20
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test  —  If you want to evaluate the "evil" quotient of any company's strategy/behavior, consider how you'd feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat.  —  Robert McLaws of fame reminded me of my "Is Google evil?" litmus test in his post, "Google: The New Big Brother."
Discussion: MediaVidea
Robert McLaws /
Google: The New Big Brother
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download  —  It is difficult to grasp how successful the mobile phone industry has become.  People think of it as a sideshow compared to the internet, yet in terms of revenues generated from content, it is already far bigger.  Revenues from the web are about $25bn …
John R. Quain / New York Times:
Basics: Cellphone Banking Is Coming of Age  —  YOU'RE starting a two-week vacation far from home when you suddenly realize you left the mortgage payment on the kitchen table instead of mailing it on the way to the airport.  Or perhaps you're standing in the checkout line of a store …
Knight Foundation grant  —  I'm thrilled to announce some huge news: I've been awarded a grant by the Knight Foundation, as part of the Knight News Challenge program.  —  I'll be founding a Web startup, EveryBlock, that focuses on making local news and information useful.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
WeFi Finds Friends from Their WiFi  —  WeFi is a recently launched service that will find WiFi spots and connect you with other users using WeFi as well.  —  WeFi is a downloadable service that shows up much like an instant messaging window.  Here you can see what WiFi connections are in your vicinity …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Techscape
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vista no panacea for PC sales  —  Although Microsoft has characterized itself as happy with Vista adoption so far—and Bill Gates said last week at WinHEC that Microsoft had shipped 40 million copies—the release of the new operating system has not resulted in a significant bump in PC sales.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows XP SP3 in the Works - Microsoft Confirms
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple to drop new Macbooks and iMacs at WWDC?  —  While we know for sure that Steve is going to show off a "feature-complete" version of Leopard at this year's WWDC, and we wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone got some quality time on stage as well, we haven't really heard anything solid …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and AppleInsider
SONY DELIVERS BIG SOUND IN MICRO HOME THEATER SYSTEM  —  Delivering big sound in a small package, Sony today introduced the DAV-IS10 micro home theater system.  —  The 5.1 channel home-theater-in-a-box system features five tiny speakers - each about the size of a golf ball.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Business Wire:
Jangl Upgrades a Billion Phones Instantly, Adds Ability to Call Anyone Online, Worldwide, Anytime  —  Jangl Assigns a Phone Number to Every Email Address on the Internet  —  PLEASANTON, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Know someone online you'd like to talk to on the phone, but don't have their phone number - or don't want to give them yours?
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems will be available at by 4pm CST today.
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.
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Make-It-Yourself 'Star Wars'  —  Lucasfilm Will Post Clips  —  From Film Saga on the Web,  —  Inviting Fans to Edit at Will  —  George Lucas, creator of "Star Wars," has never hesitated to protect his intellectual property, which is why some call him "Lucas the Litigator."
John Biggs / New York Times:
Hard Drive Shifts Movie Viewing From the Desk to the Couch  —  Watching digital movies stored on a computer's hard drive on a TV set is still a relatively new idea, which is why hybrid products like the TrekStor MovieStation maxi t.u are popping up.  This external hard drive with a built …
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Casey / The Channel Checkers:
iPhone Waiting Lists Grow; Manufacturing Glitch Slows iPhone Production.
Discussion: Computerworld and Ars Technica
Medill offers journalism scholarships to programmer/developers
Donald Bell / CNET
Robots make you rich  —  We've seen the robots that mow your lawn …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Let's Make Website Mashups, Like Netflickr, Figg and BoingPress
Discussion: digg
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry
Georges Yared / Apple Inc (AAPL): BloggingStocks:
Apple will be bigger than IBM
Microsoft Focuses on Interoperability for the Identity Metasystem
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Novell to detail Microsoft patent pact
 Earlier Items: 
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
No FFXIII This Year  —  Just in case you were still hoping.
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients
Market Wire: Introduces Local Mobile(TM)
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rooftop Media raises $2.5M for "middle tail" comedy video site
Discussion: Mashable! and
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: RSA 1024-bit Encryption not Enough
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Internet tax ban meets resistance in Senate
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
GPL author: Google must share code
Andrew Yoon / PS3 Fanboy:
Firmware 1.80 to include 1080p upscaling for games and movies