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6:05 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.
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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) …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
MySpace to launch “data availability” …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   MySpace Partners with Yahoo, Twitter, eBay on Data “Availability”
DataPortability:   MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MySpace Builds a Bigger Walled Garden
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   If music DRM is dead, the RIAA expects its resurrection
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Real Networks To Spin Off Games Units; Q1 Tops Ests  —  Real Networks (RNWK) this afternoon announced that the company plans to spin-off its casual games business as an independent company.  Real said it will distribute the shares to current holders, but may first conduct an IPO for up to 20% of the unit's stock.
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Prediction: Broadcast TV Will Get Hosed In Upfront  —  Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen dumped cold water on hopes for a strong “upfront” ad sales session when the talks begin next week.  She thinks the overall market for prime time broadcast TV will be down anywhere from 2% …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Jon Lafayette / AdAge:
Analyst: Upfront Sales to Fall 2% to 14%
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
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?
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 Cohen / LinuxWorld.com:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11  —  The OpenOffice.org Community has announced the public beta release of OpenOffice.org 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 …
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long negotiations, Facebook agrees to safety plan with state AGs  —  This post was updated at 11:02 AM PT with comment from MySpace.  —  Facebook on Thursday reached a user safety agreement with the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, much as rival MySpace.com did several months ago.
Tim Johnson / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Web Security for Enterprise now protects roaming users  —  Google Web Security for Enterprise protects organizations of all sizes against web malware attacks in real time and enables the safe, productive use of the web, without incurring hardware, upfront capital, or IT management costs.
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Speak Before Google's Annual Meeting
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Limelight Networks Q1 (LLNW) Misses Street On Revenue, EPS
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
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