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10:35 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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Tom Lee / Techdirt:
Does The GPL Still Matter?  —  from the expired-license?  dept  —  The GNU General Public License heads to court again today, as Skype attempts to defend its distribution of Linux-enabled SMC hardware handsets that appear to be in violation of the operating system's open source license.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
RealNetworks Spinning Off Games Business (RNWK)
Anne Broache / CNET
Democrats revive another Net neutrality proposal
Discussion: Broadband Politics
John P. Falcone / CNET
Sony finally offers proper Skype headset bundle for the PSP
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The noise reduction system
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
Peter Cohen / 3.0 beta shrugs off X11
Don Reisinger / CNET
Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
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]
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?
Discussion: Traffick and broadstuff