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1:20 PM ET, May 8, 2008


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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA To Use Controversial Internet-Required DRM On New Games  —  from the pissing-off-your-customers dept  —  SteveD writes “PC Gamers are in an uproar over a new copy projection system announced by Electronic Arts for use on their upcoming titles.  The PC-port of the successful Xbox title Mass Effect …
Discussion: DSLreports
Daniel Terdiman / CNET   Report: PC gamers angry at EA DRM system
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Revenue for the first quarter 2008 grew to a record $225 million …
Kenneth McCallum / Wall Street Journal:
Gates says Vista sales are ‘rapid’  —  TOKYO — Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said the sales pace of the new Windows Vista operating system has been “rapid” and the software company has sold 140 million copies globally.  —  “That's a very rapid sales rate,” Mr. Gates said at a news conference …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Gates: Vista is Moving at a “Rapid Sales Rate”
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long negotiations, Facebook agrees to safety plan with state AGs  —  Facebook on Thursday reached a user safety agreement with the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, much as rival did several months ago.  —  “We've agreed with 49 states and the District …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scoop: Facebook To Announce Safety And Privacy Deal With 49 States
Discussion: Bits
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb: Sends a Ton of Talkative Traffic  —  Last night ReadWriteWeb got its first link on the Yahoo homepage, thanks to Yahoo Buzz - the beta social news service that is letting blogs get coverage on the world's most trafficked website.  Our initial turn on happened late at night, 10pm PST, and lasted around 3.5 hours.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Greg Sandoval / CNET
TorrentSpy to appeal whopper legal judgment  —  TorrentSpy intends to appeal a court decision that requires the now-defunct search engine to pay $111 million in damages to the six largest film studios, according to the company's attorney.  —  Ira Rothken has defended TorrentSpy since 2006 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Secures $3M for Embeddable Presentations  —  Sometimes the simplest ideas are best.  While a number of startups are working to bring the whole process of creating presentations online, SlideShare recognizes that many people are mostly satisfied with PowerPoint or Keynote.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone No Longer Available in UK  —  Engadget reports that O2 has posted a notice on their website that both the 8GB and 16GB iPhones are no longer available in the UK.  This confirms earlier reports that O2 had end-of-life'd the 8GB iPhone, though it appears even the 16GB iPhone has also run its course.
Discussion: MacNN, Infinite Loop and 9 to 5 Mac
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhones in Switzerland, Spain, Poland and beyond
Discussion: AppleInsider and IDG News Service
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 …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Murdoch sees MySpace miss targets  —  MySpace has missed its financial targets, showing that social networking is struggling to earn its keep - even as part of Rupert Murdoch's globe-spanning media empire.  —  News Corp said yesterday that the site will fall short of its annual revenue target of $1bn by 10 per cent.
Federal Trade Commission:
Undercover Shoppers Find it's Increasingly Difficult for Children to Buy M-Rated Games  —  Results Show Need for Continued Improvement by Movie, Music, and Some Game Retailers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today released the results of its latest nationwide undercover shop of movie theaters and movie …
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage!  [Updated]  —  More evidence of sabotage discovered - see the end of this post  —  Many people have voiced their concerns regarding the privacy implications of Google's Street View service - but what if there were a way to “opt-out” of having your neighbourhood displayed online?
Discussion: AppScout, Gizmodo and CNET
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans  —  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.”
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Ready To Embrace Data Portability  —  MySpace is about to announce a “major new technology initiative” at 1pm est.  What is it?  We hear it's a plan to make allow users to port all or most of their profile to other sites; we understand that the News Corp. (NWS) …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Profile Redesign - Detailed Specs & First Impressions  —  As most people in the Facebook developer community are aware, the upcoming Facebook profile redesign is the biggest and most far-reaching project at the company so far this year.  Its impact on users and developers …
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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
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The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's BlackBerry 8330 finally available this Friday
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
The New Hacker Economics
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Web-based Vi text editor hits the web: text-edit from anywhere!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Europeans, Best Buy is Coming
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
NBC Streaming Full Episodes of 30 Rock and the Office to iPhones (for Free, No Ads!)
Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?