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5:20 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces DataPortability, 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” — new ways to access its data through third party sites  —  MySpace is planning to introduce a set of new features that will allow its users to access their data on other sites, it is announcing today.  This is pretty interesting, because MySpace seems …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   MySpace Partners with Yahoo, Twitter, eBay on Data “Availability”
DataPortability:   MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project
Business Wire:
MySpace Introduces ‘Data Availability’ …
Discussion: The Register
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   MySpace announces ‘Data Availability’ project with Yahoo, eBay, Photobucket, Twitter
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
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Microsoft previews three critical bulletins; two for Office  —  Microsoft on Thursday previewed three critical bulletins for Microsoft Office and Windows and a moderate denial of service vulnerability for the company's security software.  —  According to Microsoft's advance notification …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans  —  AT&T's iPhone website (under ‘Plans’ tab) has been updated to reveal that each iPhone plan now includes access to their “more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including Starbucks all for use in the U.S.”
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war  —  Lately, there has been a considerable amount of discussion on which console will win this generation's war.  Will it be the Wii with its established base and strong sales?  Will it be the Xbox 360 with its steady growth?
Discussion: BBC, CrunchGear and TG Daily
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 …
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Virgin Mobile USA In Merger Talks With Helio; Other Options Still Being Considered  —  Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM), the MVNO which just reported its Q1 earnings earlier this week, is in talks with the much smaller and troubled MVNO Helio, we have learned, even as other PE and strategic players are still circling both the companies.
 
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
‘Zohan’ tries to save the talkies with Bluetooth
Peter Cohen / LinuxWorld.com:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus
Discussion: Gadgetell
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HIPerSpace monitor wall makes a great Grand Theft Auto IV canvas
Discussion: Techland and Ubergizmo
Tim Johnson / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Web Security for Enterprise now protects roaming users
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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Reuters:
Nintendo Wii makes Yamauchi Japan's richest: Forbes
Discussion: Crave and GamePro.com
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated]
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo.com Sends a Ton of Talkative Traffic
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
TorrentSpy to appeal whopper legal judgment
Chris Williams / The Register:
Murdoch sees MySpace miss targets