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3:00 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.
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
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
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Ann Moore: 'Everybody Stay Calm'  —  Time Inc.'s CEO on Why Change Is Hard and Why Print Is Undervalued  —  NEW YORK ( — Ann S. Moore, the top executive at Time Inc., the country's largest magazine publisher, today said that leading her company through its transformation …
Discussion: ContentBlogger and
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Global Voices wins Knight Foundation News Challenge  —  I'm at the Editor and Publisher and Adweek "Interactive Media" conference today because the Knight Foundation is announcing its News Challenge winners this morning at the conference.  Global Voices has won one of the 24 awards …
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Novell to detail Microsoft patent pact  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Novell will share details of its patent pact with Microsoft this month in a regulatory filing that had been delayed by a stock option investigation.  —  Novell plans to reveal the details in conjunction with filing its upcoming annual report …
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.
Georges Yared / Apple Inc (AAPL): BloggingStocks:
Apple will be bigger than IBM  —  Arguably two of America's best run companies are Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM).  Both have achieved high levels of success and shareholders have been rewarded along the way.  However, both are treading in different waters …
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry  —  When you whip out a BlackBerry or a Treo in public, what does it say about you?  —  You might think that it says: "I'm an important person who can't afford to be out of touch.  I can do e-mail all day long, and I'll never miss that critical deal."
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
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Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test
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Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
No FFXIII This Year  —  Just in case you were still hoping.
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: RSA 1024-bit Encryption not Enough
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Internet tax ban meets resistance in Senate
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
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen unloading new MacBook Pros and (possibly) iMacs at WWDC