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4:40 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces Data Portability, 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” — new ways to access its data through third party sites  —  MySpace is planning to introduce a set of new features that will allow its users to access their data on other sites, it is announcing today.  This is pretty interesting, because MySpace seems …
DataPortability:   MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   MySpace Partners with Yahoo, Twitter, eBay on Data “Availability”
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MySpace Builds a Bigger Walled Garden
Discussion: Valleywag and The Equity Kicker
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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Reuters:
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:   Gates: Vista is doing just fine
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 …
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
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 …
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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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Shores Up Apps with New Security Software
Discussion: Computerworld
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus  —  Fed up of waiting for Asus' desktop Eee PC?  Rival Taiwanese manufacturer MSI has stepped in with a mini machine of its own, which it's punting at just £235.  —  The PC's called the Titan - something of a misnomer given the unit's small size.
Discussion: Gadgetell
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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 …
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.
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.”
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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 …
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.
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?
 
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Peter Cohen / LinuxWorld.com:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
HIPerSpace monitor wall makes a great Grand Theft Auto IV canvas
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Carphone Warehouse, O2 to continue to offer 16GB iPhone
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
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Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Increase Focus on Handsets for Poor
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Reuters:
Nintendo Wii makes Yamauchi Japan's richest: Forbes
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Michael Willner / Michael's Insight:
And the Blogs, They Are a Changin' (The World!)
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Yahoo.com Sends a Ton of Talkative Traffic
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