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7:25 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.
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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   RIAA, MPAA In Denial About The Death Of DRM
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   If music DRM is dead, the RIAA expects its resurrection
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Don Reisinger / CNET
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?
Discussion: BBC
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans [Updated]  —  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.”
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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Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture …
Discussion: CNET
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Ends Hello
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
Discussion: ClickZ
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Cablevision plans wireless broadband network
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Real Networks To Spin Off Games Units; Q1 Tops Ests
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus
Discussion: Gadgetell
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HIPerSpace monitor wall makes a great Grand Theft Auto IV canvas
Discussion: Techland
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Increase Focus on Handsets for Poor
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Discussion: Crave and
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated × 2]
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA To Use Controversial Internet-Required DRM On New Games
Discussion: Geek Gestalt and DSLreports