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8:10 AM ET, May 9, 2008


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Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Xbox 360 “Jasper” 65nm GPU in Production  —  Microsoft preps 65nm GPU for cooler Xbox 360s  —  Chip process evolution is a usual thing in a console's lifecycle, but rarely has it been as important as in the case of the Xbox 360.  —  Known for its relatively hardware fragility …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Ends Hello  —  Google is shutting down Hello, Picasa's photo sharing service which was part of the Picasa acquisition back in 2004.  On the program, Wikipedia writes:  —  Hello by Google's Picasa is [was] a free computer program that allows users to send images across the Internet and publish them to their blogs.
Mathew /
If a Google app falls in the forest...  Philipp Lenssen over at Google Blogoscoped has the sad story of Hello, which has just been shut down (Josh Catone at Read/Write Web has already beaten me to the inevitable headline).  Of course, it's only a sad story if you have any clue what Hello was …
Discussion: WebGuild
Ryan Spoon:
15 Websites / Services I'd Actually Pay For  —  One measure of a service's utility and stickiness is its ability to charge for usage.  Consequently, I regularly find myself asking, “Is this important enough to me that I'd pay for it?”  —  Here are some of the services / sites where that answer is yes …
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
TechCrunch Nabs Syndication Deal With Washington Post  —  TechCrunch got a seal of approval from one of the stalwarts of newspaper journalism today.  —  The Washington Post said it would begin running TechCrunch stories in the tech section of its site.  (It already publishes stories from and
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Stories Now Appear On
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tells Its Alternate Yahoo Board Members It Won't Be Needing Them
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Joe Duck
Irwin Block /
Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods  —  Following two class-action lawsuits, Apple Canada Inc. is offering $45 credits to Canadian residents who own a new first-, second- or third-generation iPod purchased before June 24, 2004.  —  The proposed settlement …
Discussion: Valleywag and Podcasting News
Antone Gonsalves / TechWeb:
Apple Reportedly Offers $44 Credit To Canadian iPod Owners
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay  —  The cool thing about eBay's support system is it will always answer your question; unfortunately, that answer will always be a form letter on how to reset your password, as Timothy discovered when he tried to figure out how to sell …
Discussion: The Red Ferret Journal and Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Tips For Dealing With Information Overload  —  I sent a couple of people the following question: “What are your top tips for dealing with information overflow?”  Here are some of their answers (with formatting partly adjusted, omissions within quotes indicated with dots).
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
AT&T yanks iPhone free Wi-Fi info from site  —  On-again free hotspot access now off-again  —  Computerworld) Only hours after posting information that indicated iPhone owners would receive free access to AT&T's public wireless hotspots, the company pulled all references to the service from its Web site.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google addresses antitrust issue on Yahoo ad deal  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google's top executives on Thursday gave a glimpse into how it might try to deflect antitrust concerns of a possible ad-sharing deal with rival Yahoo, advising observers to look at the overall ad market.
InfoWorld: beta fails the Office 2007 test  —  I'm not embarrassed to admit it: I'm a big fan of Office 2007.  I think Microsoft got a lot right with its latest release, starting with the ribbon interface and including any number of tweaks and improvements that make my day easier.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act  —  The House of Representatives has approved the Pro-IP Act, a controversial legislative proposal that aims to impose stricter penalties for copyright infringement.  The bill, which has strong support from the content industry, passed by a vote of 410 to 10.
Tom Lee / Techdirt:
Does The GPL Still Matter?  —  from the expired-license?  dept  —  The GNU General Public License heads to court again today, as Skype attempts to defend its distribution of Linux-enabled SMC hardware handsets that appear to be in violation of the operating system's open source license.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)  —  Sometimes the only way to get new products out the door at a big company like Yahoo is to launch it far away from HQ.  That's what happened with Yahoo Glue, a new way to present search results more visually …
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google  —  With Yahoo off the table, Microsoft plans to challenge Google's online-ad juggernaut alone.  A behind-the-scenes look at its provocative strategy  —  David Hecker/AFP/Getty Images  —  It's April, and Microsoft's (MSFT) top U. S. salesman for online advertising …
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Fake media file snares PC users
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Mind Control by Cell Phone
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The Industry Standard:
Apple's games strategy looks beyond consoles and the iMac
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Smashing Magazine:
Now More Than Ever: 50 More Excellent Blog Designs
Discussion: My Blog Posts and Digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
F.B.I. Says the Military Had Bogus Computer Gear
 Earlier Items: 
John Resig:
Processing.js  —  Demos below!  —  As a sort-of reverse …
Discussion: Ajaxian
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft …
Anne Broache / CNET
Democrats revive another Net neutrality proposal
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Best Online File Sharing Services
Discussion: Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Geek Gestalt
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV