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6:45 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.
DataPortability:   MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project
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
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Microsoft has no plans to make another approach for Yahoo Inc after it pulled its $47.5 billion bid earlier this month, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie said on Thursday.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET
Gates: Vista is doing just fine
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
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.
Discussion:, Valleywag and TG Daily
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 …
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.
Discussion: and CNET
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Cablevision plans wireless broadband network  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Cable TV provider Cablevision Systems Corp. disclosed plans Thursday to offer high-speed wireless Internet service across its coverage area in the New York region.  —  The company also reported a wider deficit for its first quarter …
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 and GoNintendo
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.
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  —  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.
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Ends Hello
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Business Wire:
Activision Reports Record Q4 and Fiscal Year 2008 Results Marking …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
Discussion: ClickZ
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The noise reduction system
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus
Discussion: Gadgetell
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HIPerSpace monitor wall makes a great Grand Theft Auto IV canvas
Discussion: Techland
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
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TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Mathew /
Hey, you got your photos in my map
Nintendo Wii makes Yamauchi Japan's richest: Forbes
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
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Greg Sandoval / CNET
TorrentSpy to appeal whopper legal judgment

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
By end of 2015, McClatchy expected to scale back national coverage and close its five foreign bureaus in Beijing, Mexico City, Istanbul, Berlin, and Irbil, Iraq

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