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5:30 AM ET, May 9, 2008


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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.
Mathew /
If a Google app falls in the forest...  Philipp Lenssen over at Google Blogoscoped has the sad story of Hello, which has just been shut down (Josh Catone at Read/Write Web has already beaten me to the inevitable headline).  Of course, it's only a sad story if you have any clue what Hello was …
Discussion: WebGuild
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
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Xbox 360 “Jasper” 65nm GPU in Production  —  Microsoft preps 65nm GPU for cooler Xbox 360s  —  Chip process evolution is a usual thing in a console's lifecycle, but rarely has it been as important as in the case of the Xbox 360.  —  Known for its relatively hardware fragility …
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 …
InfoWorld: beta fails the Office 2007 test  —  I'm not embarrassed to admit it: I'm a big fan of Office 2007.  I think Microsoft got a lot right with its latest release, starting with the ribbon interface and including any number of tweaks and improvements that make my day easier.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and MacUser
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)  —  Sometimes the only way to get new products out the door at a big company like Yahoo is to launch it far away from HQ.  That's what happened with Yahoo Glue, a new way to present search results more visually …
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google  —  With Yahoo off the table, Microsoft plans to challenge Google's online-ad juggernaut alone.  A behind-the-scenes look at its provocative strategy  —  David Hecker/AFP/Getty Images  —  It's April, and Microsoft's (MSFT) top U. S. salesman for online advertising …
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 …
Smashing Magazine:
Now More Than Ever: 50 More Excellent Blog Designs  —  Designing blogs is easy.  Designing blogs in a unique way is hard.  Whatever blog engine you are using, there are literally thousands of templates available which you can apply directly, without any significant code modifications.
Discussion: My Blog Posts
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
F.B.I. Says the Military Had Bogus Computer Gear  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Counterfeit products are a routine threat for the electronics industry.  However, the more sinister specter of an electronic Trojan horse, lurking in the circuitry of a computer or a network router and allowing attackers clandestine access …
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Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft …
Anne Broache / CNET
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Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV
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