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3:50 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces Data Portability, Partners With Yahoo, Ebay And Twitter  —  MySpace is announcing a broad ranging embrace of data portability standards today, along with data sharing partnerships with Yahoo, Ebay, Twitter and their own Photobucket subsidiary.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Ready To Embrace Data Portability  —  MySpace is about to announce a “major new technology initiative” at 1pm est.  What is it?  We hear it's a plan to make allow users to port all or most of their profile to other sites; we understand that the News Corp. (NWS) …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpace to launch “data availability” …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   MySpace Partners with Yahoo, Twitter, eBay on Data “Availability”
Kenneth McCallum / Wall Street Journal:
Gates says Vista sales are ‘rapid’  —  TOKYO — Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said the sales pace of the new Windows Vista operating system has been “rapid” and the software company has sold 140 million copies globally.  —  “That's a very rapid sales rate,” Mr. Gates said at a news conference …
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Reuters:
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo
Discussion: The Register and Beyond Binary
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:   Gates: Vista is doing just fine
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 leaked  —  While not quite as exciting as March's week of Latitude scoops, we've got ourselves some infos on what look to be Dell's upcoming Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 consumer laptops.  Seems they'll all be sharing the same basic design language …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA: DRM not dead and likely will make comeback  —  To Garnett's right is the MPAA's Fritz Attaway  —  LOS ANGELES—News of DRM's death has been greatly exaggerated, according to an executive with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  —  At a time when the top recording …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   If music DRM is dead, the RIAA expects its resurrection
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?  —  In the wake of Microsoft's aborted courtship of Yahoo and Jerry “Oh, did you increase your offer?”  Yang, there's bound to be a lot of scrutiny about what's next for Yahoo.  —  One asset that's well known but perhaps not scrutinized from an investment perspective is Flickr …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA To Use Controversial Internet-Required DRM On New Games  —  from the pissing-off-your-customers dept  —  SteveD writes “PC Gamers are in an uproar over a new copy projection system announced by Electronic Arts for use on their upcoming titles.  The PC-port of the successful Xbox title Mass Effect …
Associated Press:
Mamma Mia!  Papa John's raking in the dough online  —  LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Sometimes during peak hours, the phones are silent in Andy Freitas' pizza restaurants, yet the cooks are busy keeping pace with hungry customers.  —  That's because orders are rolling in through the Internet.
Federal Trade Commission:
Undercover Shoppers Find it's Increasingly Difficult for Children to Buy M-Rated Games  —  Results Show Need for Continued Improvement by Movie, Music, and Some Game Retailers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today released the results of its latest nationwide undercover shop of movie theaters and movie …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long negotiations, Facebook agrees to safety plan with state AGs  —  This post was updated at 11:02 AM PT with comment from MySpace.  —  Facebook on Thursday reached a user safety agreement with the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, much as rival MySpace.com did several months ago.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google denies staff ‘brain drain’  —  Technology reporter, in Silicon Valley  —  Google has denied there is a brain drain of talent at the firm following the departure of its communications boss to social network Facebook.  —  Elliot Schrage's departure as head of global communications …
Tim Johnson / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Web Security for Enterprise now protects roaming users  —  Google Web Security for Enterprise protects organizations of all sizes against web malware attacks in real time and enables the safe, productive use of the web, without incurring hardware, upfront capital, or IT management costs.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Shores Up Apps with New Security Software
Discussion: Computerworld
James Sherwood / The Register:
Carphone Warehouse, O2 to continue to offer 16GB iPhone  —  Claims that O2 and Carphone Warehouse have completely sold out of the 16GB iPhone have proved greatly exaggerated.  Both today said they would continue to offer the handset.  —  Gone this morning but back soon
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy to appeal whopper legal judgment  —  TorrentSpy intends to appeal a court decision that requires the now-defunct search engine to pay $111 million in damages to the six largest film studios, according to the company's attorney.  —  Ira Rothken has defended TorrentSpy since 2006 …
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Revenue for the first quarter 2008 grew to a record $225 million …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Murdoch sees MySpace miss targets  —  MySpace has missed its financial targets, showing that social networking is struggling to earn its keep - even as part of Rupert Murdoch's globe-spanning media empire.  —  News Corp said yesterday that the site will fall short of its annual revenue target of $1bn by 10 per cent.
 
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war
Discussion: BBC, CrunchGear and TG Daily
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Virgin Mobile USA In Merger Talks With Helio; Other Options Still Being Considered
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HIPerSpace monitor wall makes a great Grand Theft Auto IV canvas
Discussion: Techland and Ubergizmo
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’
Bill Carter / New York Times:
MTV Plans to Increase Its Blending of Ads and Shows
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Gawker
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey, you got your photos in my map
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Increase Focus on Handsets for Poor
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Phone Scoop
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Free Asus Eee PC from PowerupMobile.com
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Reuters:
Nintendo Wii makes Yamauchi Japan's richest: Forbes
Discussion: Crave and GamePro.com
Michael Willner / Michael's Insight:
And the Blogs, They Are a Changin' (The World!)
Discussion: DSLreports and IP Democracy
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Firefox: Can browsers make bucks?
Discussion: Mashable! and TechRadar.com
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated]
Discussion: Gizmodo, AppScout and CNET News.com
Tony Smith / The Register:
Creative to free Audigy Windows Vista compatibility app
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo.com Sends a Ton of Talkative Traffic
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Secures $3M for Embeddable Presentations
 

 
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