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1:40 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.
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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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog Gets Into Tagging  —  MyBlogLog, a distributed social network which was acquired by Yahoo earlier this year, will launch a tagging feature later this evening that will allow users to add descriptive tags to the people and blogs (called "communities") on the service.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:   MyBlogLog a Bunch of Schmoes?
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
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
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
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.
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
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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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 …
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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Forbes:
Vivendi to launch multimedia site this year to rival YouTube, MySpace - report
Nancy Gohring / PC World:
RIM Plans Wi-Fi BlackBerry (PC World)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Reuters:
Nissan warns U.S. cellphones can disable car keys (Reuters)
Discussion: Gizmodo and textually.org
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Dell goes Ubuntu; "Windows tax" is $50 according to pricing
Discussion: PodTech Network and Slashdot
Guy Kawasaki / How to Change the World:
The Top Ten Reasons Why PR Doesn't Work
Blairn / Mac Mojo:
Silverlight Excitement
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 …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
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Will Andrews / Business Week:
Dude, You're Getting a Dell—at Wal-Mart
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Brian Ploskina / Dealerscope:
HP to Upgrade HDTV to 2.0
Inside AdSense:
Accidents happen  —  As most of you know, our program policies state …
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
Tom Feeney / New Jersey Online:
To keep crash videos off Net, Turnpike limits access
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
You might be digitzing books on the Web without knowing it thanks …
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