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6:25 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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Wal-Mart Facts:
Wal-Mart to Sell Dell Desktops in Stores this June  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Dell, Inc. announce that the two companies will partner to sell Dell Computer desktops in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, beginning June 10, 2007.  The agreement includes the launch to two Dell products offered …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell To Sell Two Models Through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club Starting June 10
Discussion: CNET News.com
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Dell to sell computers at Wal-Mart
Discussion: The Tech Report
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
HD DVD, Blu-ray "Managed Copy" coming later this year  —  The managed copy spec that will allow users to make copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies is finally nearing completion.  MPAA head honcho Dan Glickman recently said that the AACS support behind managed copy would be ready before the end of the year …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Closing the book on Apple's Mac mini  —  Even while at the top of its game, Apple Inc. can seemingly find faults with just about anything, including a bit of itself.  The Mac maker is constantly evaluating the market segments in which it wishes to participate and those which it does not.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Rules To Ease; Bad For IT Spending; Good For Corporate Earnings  —  One of the under-appreciated drivers of IT spending in the last few years has been Sarbanes-Oxley.  While there is much complaining in Corporate America about the costs of compliance …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Todd Watson
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Who Are The Losers In SEC's SarbOx Rule Change?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Facebook Platform; They are the Anti-MySpace  —  Facebook is holding a massive press/developer event today in San Francisco to officially launch Facebook Platform.  750 or so people are here.  —  A number of third party applications will also be announced, including Microsoft …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Scobleizer
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook aims to be Social OS; Waiting for F8 the Big Launch  —  Facebook's platform strategy will be announced today in San Francisco.  In discussions with multiple sources involved with the launch, we've come to see the platform as a highly ambitious idea, approaching the idea of Facebook …
Direct2Dell:
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] are now available at www.dell.com/open [by 4pm CST] today.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Ubuntu Linux machines launching today
Discussion: Compiler, Forever Geek and Channel 9
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED  —  On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world's first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.  OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology …
Kdawson / Slashdot:
Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find?  —  Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton gives the full-disclosure treatment to the widely known and surprisingly simple technique for finding treasure-troves of credit card numbers online.  He points out how the credit-card companies …
Discussion: Consumerist
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search  —  A Google Patent application newly published on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website this morning appears to furnish extensive details on Google's plans for enhanced local searches via mobile devices.
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Kaiser Unboxing  —  Remember the exciting news from last evening?  Here it is!  As you can imagine, we've seen our share of devices here at BGR, and I personally have combed through almost all.  Let's start it off like this...the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Jon Udell:
RESTful Web Services  —  RESTful Web Services, by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby, was published this month.  I interviewed the authors yesterday for an upcoming ITConversations show, but I also want to spell out here why I think it's such an important book.  —  In the realm of IT you could hardly pick a more controversial topic.
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement  —  The OpenCoffee Club is "a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet" according to their recently launched social site on Ning.com.  From Cork to Capetown, Seattle to Sydney, and Paris to Palo Alto, people are getting together on a weekly basis …
Discussion: AccMan, seattleduck and digg
meish dot org:
THERE'S A HOLE IN YOUR TWITTER  —  You know Twitter, yeah?  And you know how people love it because they can stay in touch with their friends and communicate privately what they're up to?  —  Well.  If you use it like this and are happily twittering away about people you work with …
 
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Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
Bookmarks on Places now enabled for Firefox 3 alpha 5
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
N.J. Sues YouTube over Deadly Crash Footage
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Verizon Claims Vonage's Appeal Isn't So Obvious
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Vs. Negroponte: AMD's View
Discussion: Linux.com and Epicenter
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Nokia phones could be barred from US in Qualcomm patent squabble
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Microsoft eyeing empty Nintendo site
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How To Protect Your Domain Name
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The World's Thinnest Notebook
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple and music labels accused of shortchanging artists
Cory Sorice / CrunchGear:
Patent Monkey: Nokia Two Screen Tablet with Removable Key Board
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
2006 Online Ad Spending Hits Nearly $17 Billion
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Mobile Phones Could Wipe Car Ignition Fobs
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Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download