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1:15 PM ET, May 25, 2007

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Constant Brand / Associated Press:
EU probes Google over privacy concerns  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel has launched an investigation into whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules.  —  EU spokesman Pietro Petrucci said Friday that the 28-member panel …
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BBC:
Google queried on privacy policy  —  Google has been told that it may be breaking European privacy laws by keeping people's search information on its servers for up to two years.  —  A data protection group that advises the European Union has written to the search giant to express concerns.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Stephanie Bodoni Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Google may be violating EU privacy laws on user search data  —  Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular search engine, may be violating the European Union's privacy laws by storing information on customer queries for as long as two years, advisers to EU regulators told the company.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Paul Meller / InfoWorld:   Euro data protection chief backs Google
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Opens Up Its 'Platform' To Everyone  —  "Facebook is the anti-MySpace" and "Facebook is a new type of "Web 2.0" portal" are some of the things that were and are being said yesterday and today about the social network's new "Facebook Platform" initiative.
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Expands Into MySpace's Territory
Robyn Tippins / The MyBlogLog Blog:
All About Tags  —  By now you've seen our newest feature, tagging, on MyBlogLog.  We have had FAR too much fun this week tagging each other, so I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as we have.  —  Some people have suggested that tags, while well-known to the tech savvy, are still unfamiliar to many web users.
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   MyBlogLog a Bunch of Schmoes?
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar for mobile devices  —  Posted by Devesh Parekh, Software Engineer, Google Calendar team  —  We realize that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere.  Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team …
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John Blau / PC World:   Google Offers Mobile Access to Calendar Service (PC World)
Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Nudity the Cause for Halo 2 Vista Delay  —  UPDATE - Microsoft reps have told Next-Gen the real reason for the Halo 2 Vista delay: partial nudity—specifically someone's backside in the game's map editor, the Entertainment Software Rating Board added today.  —  In an e-mail statement sent …
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Kotaku:
Angle Of The Dangle: Hot Spartan: Halo 2 Vista Contains Sins Of The Flesh
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Brendan Sinclair / CNET News.com:
Sony sued over Blu-ray  —  Given its global position as an electronics giant, Sony is quite familiar with patent law and the potential penalties for infringement.  —  Barely three months ago, Sony paid $97 million in damages and interest to Immersion Corporation in a dispute over the rumble functions in Sony's Dual Shock controllers.
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Final Days of Google  —  Back in the 1990s Bill Gates said the company that would eventually beat Microsoft probably had yet to be founded, by which he meant that Microsoft was in such a strong position that only something truly disruptive — a whole new business — would have a chance to unseat Redmond.
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Because paper is scarce.  And so is time.  —  Andy Kessler has an excellent piece in today's Wall Street Journal titled A Future For Newspapers.  (In case that last link leads you to a paywall, Andy has the whole thing on his blog as well.  That rocks.)  Here's where Andy sees the hope:
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:   A Future for Newspapers  —  New technology is mucking up the media …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Dell goes Ubuntu; "Windows tax" is $50 according to pricing  —  When Dell put up its IdeaStorm community-feedback site, the company was surprised by the strong response in favor of shipping personal computers with Linux.  The PC company then announced that it would offer Ubuntu Linux on select systems …
Discussion: PodTech Network and Slashdot
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The End of the "Microsoft Tax"
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Advertising's Brave New World  —  Different Lineup of Players  —  Emerges With Online's Rise  —  For decades, advertising has been a relatively simple process dominated by a clubby world.  Long-established advertising and media-buying agencies, most owned by half a dozen global giants …
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Amp'd Mobile  —  Trouble among the virtual mobile operators?  We're getting word that Peter Adderton, chief exec and founder, is out at Amp'd Mobile, one of the new breed of cellphone marketing companies that rent network capacity from traditional providers such as Sprint.
John Shinal / MarketWatch:
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs set for historic conversation  —  Commentary: Archrivals' first public, face-to-face discussion one for the ages  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — For more than two decades, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates have sparred …
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Malicious Web site / Malicious Code: Better Business Bureau Scam  —  Websense® Security Labs™ has received reports of a new email spam variant similar to an attack launched early this year.  The spoofed email purports to be from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
 
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
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Silverlight Excitement
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google making a "climate saver pc"?
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Yahoo! Real Estate Updates Home Values Search with Maps and Local
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google-Proof PR?  —  Sue Scheff's business, Parents Universal …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
New tool screens spam, digitizes books
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Will Andrews / Business Week:
Dude, You're Getting a Dell—at Wal-Mart
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Brian Ploskina / Dealerscope:
HP to Upgrade HDTV to 2.0
Inside AdSense:
Accidents happen  —  As most of you know, our program policies state …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft postpones PDC
Tony Smith / The Register:
Elgato Turbo.264 H.264 encoder
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ars Technica
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Flickr Find: Microsoft Amnesty Bin for iPods
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