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3:01 PM ET, May 3, 2008


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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
YouTube disappears from the screen temporarily  —  At 7:00 a.m. PDT I was heading for my video page on YouTube and ran into this message:  —  I was getting to other sites just fine, so it's safe to assume it's a Google problem.  YouTube receives 10 hours of video per minute and is by far the leader in the crowded field.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
YouTube down?  We have been receiving reports for the past 90 minutes that users are not able to access YouTube.  Upon further testing, it looks like the YouTube CDN (static file server) is down.  All images are not currently being served (see screenshot below) but videos and everything else …
Discussion: Mashable! and Gear Diary
New York Times:
Higher Offer by Microsoft Brings Yahoo to Table  —  After a three-month standoff, Microsoft was in active merger talks with Yahoo on Friday, several people involved in the discussions said.  —  Microsoft, which had threatened to abandon its bid or initiate an attempt to oust Yahoo's board …
Hiptop 3:
Sidekick Gekko/Aspen Screenshot  —  That's right, a exclusive where we bring you the first screenshots from the Sidekick Aspen/Gekko.  Everything we've been hearing points to the Aspen and Gekko being one and the same.  We're not 100% sure which name T-Mobile is going to market this as …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Hasta La Vista, Hotmail?  —  Yesterday, BoomTown wrote a piece about Yahoo's worries about the scrutiny that the monopolistic combination of Yahoo Mail and Microsoft's Hotmail would get if it merged with the software giant.  —  The issue-which has not gotten a lot of attention …
Steven Musil / CNET
Cubans line up to buy their first legal PCs  —  Perhaps the days of looking at Cuba as the island that technology forgot are beginning to wane.  —  Late last month, President Raul Castro's government lifted the ban on ordinary citizens from owning a cell phone and getting cell service …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Greasemonkey Scripts For the Social Media Addict  —  You may have heard of Greasemonkey, the Firefox extension that lets you customize the way a web page displays using small bits of Javascript, but are you using it to its fullest potential?  There are hundreds of scripts available …
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
What's Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS  —  The government's new cyber-security “Manhattan Project” is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what's going on, what's the point and what about privacy laws.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Plans Proactive Cyber-Security Role for Spy Agencies
Brian Braiker / Newsweek:
A Killer Product  —  Will closed devices like Apple's iPhone murder the Web? … If you say that the iPhone is the greatest invention of your lifetime, few would bat an eye.  If you stay up all night playing Halo 3 like some deranged supermarathoner bent on blasting strangers a continent away …
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Airport WiFi: Boingo Giving You 15 Minutes Free  —  Big-time WiFi contractor Boingo, which handles net access at heaps of airports around the world, is now offering iPhone and iPod Touch users 15 minutes of free access at 28 of its US, Canadian and UK airports.
Spam reaches 30-year anniversary  —  Spam - the scourge of every e-mail inbox - celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend.  —  The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC - a now-defunct computer-maker.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, sees the world as a web of probabilities.  —  There is, however, nothing uncertain about her impact.
Hiptop 3:
Video on the Sidekick LX  —  We've been saying it for months and months, but now we've actually got some picture proof for you guys.  Yes, the Sidekick LX is getting video, as evidenced by the screenshots above.  We're still trying to figure out details on what exactly the Sidekick will support as far as video is concerned.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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