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8:10 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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
MySpace Turns Social Network Sharing the Right Direction
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   If music DRM is dead, the RIAA expects its resurrection
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   RIAA, MPAA In Denial About The Death Of DRM
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’  —  Update 11:45 p.m.: I updated with new detail from Yahoo, further information from the site, and some analysis.  —  Yahoo has begun testing Glue Pages, a major new way to present search results that caters to its strength as an Internet portal.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Yahoo “Glue Pages” Show All-In-One Search Results
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
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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The noise reduction system  —  David Risley this morning wrote about all the noise in all these systems like Twitter and FriendFeed.  Of course that kicked off a whole discussion over on FriendFeed.  —  Oh, the glorious noise!  Everyone loves beating me up for causing the noise.  No, I am not the cause.
Don Reisinger / CNET
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
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: Geek Gestalt
Peter Cohen / 3.0 beta shrugs off X11  —  The Community has announced the public beta release of 3.0, a new version of the free office productivity software suite for various platforms including Mac OS X.  —  Developed as an alternative to pricey packages …
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans [Updated]  —  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.”
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
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John P. Falcone / CNET
Sony finally offers proper Skype headset bundle for the PSP
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
Discussion: ClickZ
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Speak Before Google's Annual Meeting
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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Discussion: Running With Foxes
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft trickling out its Spring Live Search update
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus
Discussion: Gadgetell
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Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV
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TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Mathew /
Hey, you got your photos in my map
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated × 2]