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9:50 PM ET, May 8, 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
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.
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 …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Speak Before Google's Annual Meeting  —  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
Cablevision To Offer Customers Free Wi-Fi …
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.
Discussion: Screenwerk, CyberNet and Switched
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
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 …
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: PR Newswire, GigaOM and
Associated Press:
Facebook safeguards will protect young users  —  HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Facebook, the world's second-largest social networking Web site, will add more than 40 safeguards to protect young users from sexual predators and cyberbullies, attorneys general from several states said Thursday.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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Chris Walters / Consumerist:
It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay
PR Newswire:
Vonage and Covad Communications Announce Strategic Relationship …
Discussion: PR Newswire, GigaOM and Gadgetell
Anne Broache / CNET
Democrats revive another Net neutrality proposal
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Blake Wharton / Inside AdWords:
Landing page load time now available on the Keyword Analysis Page
Discussion: Search Engine Land
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Irwin Block /
Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
Discussion: ClickZ
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Six Career Tips
Discussion: Running With Foxes
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft trickling out its Spring Live Search update
Don Reisinger / CNET
Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war
Rafat Ali /
Virgin Mobile USA In Merger Talks With Helio; Other Options Still Being Considered
James Sherwood / The Register:
Carphone Warehouse, O2 to continue to offer 16GB iPhone
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated × 2]
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?
Discussion: Traffick and broadstuff