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12:45 AM ET, May 9, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Move Suggests Not Reversing Yahoo Decision  —  Microsoft Corp. released potential proxy board members from their agreements to serve in the event it made a hostile bid for Yahoo Inc., following the software giant's decision last weekend to end its effort to buy the Internet company.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tells Its Alternate Yahoo Board Members It Won't Be Needing Them
Discussion: Joe Duck
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo
Discussion: and The Register
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Ends Hello  —  Google is shutting down Hello, Picasa's photo sharing service which was part of the Picasa acquisition back in 2004.  On the program, Wikipedia writes:  —  Hello by Google's Picasa is [was] a free computer program that allows users to send images across the Internet and publish them to their blogs.
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay  —  The cool thing about eBay's support system is it will always answer your question; unfortunately, that answer will always be a form letter on how to reset your password, as Timothy discovered when he tried to figure out how to sell …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Happy About Failed Microsoft-Yahoo Deal  —  I'm sort of liveblogging a talk that Google honchos Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page is having with reporters before the company's annual meeting.  I'll post their comments in chunks as it goes along... and clean it up later.
Discussion: Epicenter, Bits, and Forbes
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google addresses antitrust issue on Yahoo ad deal
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
AT&T yanks iPhone free Wi-Fi info from site  —  On-again free hotspot access now off-again  —  Computerworld) Only hours after posting information that indicated iPhone owners would receive free access to AT&T's public wireless hotspots, the company pulled all references to the service from its Web site.
Cablevision To Offer Customers Free Wi-Fi …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Best Online File Sharing Services  —  Whether you're trying to share megabytes worth of music with a friend or send an important document to a coworker, nothing outshines a fast, easy-to-use file-sharing service.  On Tuesday we asked you to share your favorite file-sharing service …
Ariel / The Pownce Blog:
Public file sharing and increased file sizes!
Discussion: Scripting News and The Next Web
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft Than Google, Facebook, or Skype.  But For How Long?  —  When early adopters sit at their computers, what applications and websites do they use the most?  The answer: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and MSN Messenger—just like most everyone else.
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  — Signed 183 new customers, up from 84 new customers in last year's first quarter, including 35 international and 77 signed in March  — Introduced Limelight Live Event Services - a solution of professional services and advanced technologies …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Limelight Networks (LLNW) Feeling Pricing Pressure, Q1 Misses
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture For $30 Million  —  Shawn Fanning, best known for founding Napster, has a new job.  He will be working at Electronic Arts, which is about to buy his social-network-gaming startup Rupture for $30 million, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Geek Gestalt
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks Spinning Off Games Business (RNWK)  —  Here's a deal that makes sense at first blush: RealNetworks (RNWK) is spinning off its game business, and may or may not do an IPO as part of the spin-off.  Bonus prize for long-suffering RNWK shareholders: $50 million stock buyback, and an increase in guidance.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Real Networks To Spin Off Games Units; Q1 Tops Ests
Discussion: GigaOM, PR Newswire and
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV  —  Apple in a new patent filing reveals that it is conducting research on a 3D remote control system for its Apple TV set-top box that would mimic the functionality of the Nintendo Wii controller and also deliver some features akin to its multi-touch technology.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act  —  The House of Representatives has approved the Pro-IP Act, a controversial legislative proposal that aims to impose stricter penalties for copyright infringement.  The bill, which has strong support from the content industry, passed by a vote of 410 to 10.
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 …
Rafat Ali /
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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Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war
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Stephen Shankland / CNET
Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google denies staff ‘brain drain’
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?
Discussion: Traffick and broadstuff