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12:25 PM ET, May 6, 2008

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Vodafone:
Vodafone to Offer Apple's iPhone in Ten Markets  —  Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe.  Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal …
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple forced into iPhone contracts U-turn  —  Italy has become the first country to sell the iPhone on a non-exclusive basis, suggesting that Apple's strategy of tying its device to one network in each territory may be unravelling.  —  This morning Vodafone and Telecom Italia announced …
Discussion: MuniWireless, MacRumors and iLounge
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune 2.5 update brings TV downloads, Zune Card sharing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Lost A Blogging Giant Today: Duncan Riley Leaves TechCrunch  —  Today was Duncan Riley's last day at TechCrunch, and he will be greatly missed.  —  Duncan joined us exactly one year ago and was our most prolific writer, covering tech and startup news seven days a week.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Signing Off, And What Does A TechCrunch Writer Actually Use?
Discussion: Profy.Com and WinExtra
Duncan / duncanriley.com:   So I Left TechCrunch Today
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Why Yahoo Shares Lost Only 15%  —  The bottom didn't fall out of the stock after Microsoft yanked its bid.  One reason, says CEO Yang: “We have more alternatives” than before the offer  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  When Microsoft (MSFT) pulled its sweetened, $33-a-share offer …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Ends Microsoft's Yahoo Search
Discussion: The Register and Searchviews
BBC:
Free satellite TV service begins  —  A free satellite television and radio service from the BBC and ITV is being launched across the UK.  —  Freesat is available to 98% of homes, including those that are unable to receive Freeview through a TV aerial.  —  It will carry 80 digital TV …
Discussion: p2pnet and Engadget
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Freesat aims to link up with broadband
Discussion: paidContent
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Live in London: ‘HTC Touch Diamond’ announcement  —  Doug Aamoth here in London at the HTC announcement.  Hit the jump for more.  —  VIDEOS TOO!  —  12:00 - Peter Chow takes the stage.  Introduces a guy from Orange and a guy from Microsoft.  Talks about the HTC Touch and the TouchFLO interface.
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Diane Garrett / Variety:
Microsoft to offer TV downloads  —  Zune service to compete with online titan, iTunes  —  Microsoft is finally going after the TV download market with its Zune device and online network.  —  Company has added more than 800 episodes from congloms including NBC U, MTV Networks and Turner …
Discussion: Contentinople
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Jenna Bilotta / Official Google Reader Blog:
Share anything.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  —  Have you ever wanted to share something that you were reading, but you didn't want to go through the hassle of subscribing to a whole feed for a single interesting article?  And what about sharing content from sites with no feeds?
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
More Displays.  More 3D.  More to Love: VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1.  —  This public beta, a free download, boasts a handful of industry firsts for Mac virtualization, including true multi-display support …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Playboy Swings To Loss; Online Revs Drop 3 Percent  —  Playboy Enterprises (NYSE: PLA) reported a Q1 net loss of $3.1 million, or $0.09 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $5.1 million last year.  Revenues were also down, dropping 8 percent to $78.5 million.
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phx.corporate-ir.net:   Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Yahoo! Search Blog:
A Safer Way to Search  —  Today, we're announcing the beta release of SearchScan, a new feature from Yahoo! Search that helps protect users from viruses, spyware and spam.  We've heard from users that security and privacy continue to be major concerns when they are online.
Google News Blog:
Related Searches in Google News  —  We're excited to share with you a new feature of Google News: related searches.  Now, when you do a search in Google News, we'll show a list of related searches at the bottom of the search results page.  We think that this feature can be useful …
Mark / dive into mark:
The day the music died  —  This is a letter I sent to my father to explain what it means that Microsoft is pulling support for MSN Music.  Tech issues like this often bubble up into the media that he reads, but they are rarely explained well.  My father assumes I have an opinion on such stories, and he is rarely wrong.
Discussion: Changing Way
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Free Wi-Fi, but Not for All  —  The battle between free and paid wireless Internet access is starting to look like a draw.  Or more accurately, a third variation is winning — a combination of the two.  —  Travelers want to log on everywhere at no charge, while hotels …
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Rearden Commerce, Addiction is Job One ($100 Million Round Confirmed, Major Deal With JPMorgan Chase)  —  Patrick Grady has spent the past eight years of his life building the ultimate personal Web assistant in relative obscurity.  But now his company, Rearden Commerce, is quietly emerging as major force among enterprise startups.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Portfolio.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's PR Head Elliot Schrage Heads to Facebook  —  The Googlefication of Facebook continues, as Elliot Schrage, the search giant's vice president of global communications and public affairs, takes the title of vice president of communications and public policy at the popular social networking site.
Inside Higher Ed:
Mysterious Multiplication of Copyright Complaints  —  It'd be hard to argue that Indiana University doesn't take illegal downloading seriously.  As noted on its “Are You Legal” Web site, the university imposes a $50 fine for the first notice university officials receive from entertainment companies …
 
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What To Do With Failed Startup IP?
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