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4:30 PM ET, May 25, 2007

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Constant Brand / Associated Press:
EU data-privacy officials probing Google  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel is investigating whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules, which tend to be stricter than those in the United States.  —  EU spokesman Pietro Petrucci …
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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: Financial Times and Digital Daily
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
EU, Norway: Two years is too long to keep search data
Paul Meller / InfoWorld:   Euro data protection chief backs Google
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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Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Google Calendar Gets Mobile  —  If there was an award for "Best Google Service That Not That Many People Think About When They Think About Google," it might well go to Google Calendar.  It's just plain well done, with a slick and simple interface and plenty of features.
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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Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Halo 2 delay due to "partial nudity"
Discussion: Game | Life and The Tech Report
Kotaku:
Angle Of The Dangle: Hot Spartan: Halo 2 Vista Contains Sins Of The Flesh
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Top 5 (or 6) reasons PR doesn't work. if you're a geek.  —  DISCLAIMER 1: some of my best friends work in PR. really. me too.  —  DISCLAIMER 2: i started out as an engineer, then an entrepreneur, then an internet marketer. i probably still suck at all of them, but since 2001 i've done …
Discussion: Global Nerdy
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Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Top Ten Reasons Why PR Doesn't Work  —  Margie Zable Fisher runs theprsite.com.  Every day someone tells her that he or she has been "burned" by a PR firm, and Margie's goal is to help small business find the right PR firm.  I asked her to provide the top ten reasons why PR doesn't work:
Discussion: Web Strategy and Dave Donohue
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.
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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.
Discussion: Macsimum News, Engadget and Slashdot
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 …
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?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
comScore:
comScore Releases April U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines.  In April 2007, Google Sites captured 49.7 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 1.4 share points from the previous month.
Akessler / Andy Kessler:
WSJ: A Future For Newspapers  —  New technology is mucking up the media, and newspapers seem to be taking the brunt of it.  Craigslist and eBay took away classified ad sales, direct advertisers are allocating budgets to search engines and circulation is receding faster than Bruce Willis's hairline.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Doc Searls is dead wrong on newspapers
Discussion: larry borsato and Newsome.Org
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Apple confirms MySpace ban in retail stores  —  In New York City, you can go to the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in midtown 24 hours a day, seven days a week and browse the Web from the Macs on display.  But due to a new Apple regulation, you can no longer access MySpace.com.
Discussion: Macsimum News
BBC:
Wi-fi and RFID used for tracking  —  Wireless tracking systems could be used to protect patients in hospitals and students on campuses, backers of the technology said.  —  The combination of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and wi-fi allows real-time tracking of objects or people inside a wireless network.
Discussion: TechFold
Daniel Dumas / Wired News:
Star Wars Rewired: Interviews, Galleries and More  —  Star Wars.  It's the backbone of geek DNA, even more essential than an intricate knowledge of Linux or the inability to get a date.  And now, 30 years after an independent filmmaker blew us away with the exploits of a Cinnabon-coifed princess …
Discussion: IGN and Slashdot
 
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Forbes:
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google-Proof PR?  —  Sue Scheff's business, Parents Universal …
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John Shinal / MarketWatch:
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs set for historic conversation
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Microsoft postpones PDC
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