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11:20 AM ET, May 9, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Circuit City Board of Directors Authorizes Exploration of Strategic Alternatives to Enhance Shareholder Value  —  Company Agrees to Allow Blockbuster and Icahn to Conduct Due Diligence  —  Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC - News) announced today that it has retained Goldman Sachs & Co …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Circuit City Opens Door To Blockbuster; Icahn May Buy Chain Himself  —  The awkward pairing of Circuit City and Blockbuster is past the spitball phase and into the handholding phase.  The struggling electronics giant says it will allow Blockbuster and its investor Carl Icahn to conduct due diligence …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Electronista
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Circuit City retains Goldman Sachs to explore ‘strategic alternatives’  —  Circuit City has retained Goldman Sachs to help it explore “strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value,” the electronics retailer said Friday.  —  The struggling company recently became the target …
PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Comments on the Due Diligence Agreement Reached With Circuit City
Discussion: Digital Daily
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
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to be announced May 12th at WES 2008  —  You heard it here first, people!  The much-awaited BlackBerry 9000 will be announced on May 12th, the first day of WES 2008 in Orlando, FL.  There will even be booths setup so y'all can demo the device to your heart's delight.
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 …
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Aidan Henry / ReadWriteWeb:
The Ultimate Twitter Revenue Model  —  The perennial debate surrounding Twitter's revenue model continues to live on.  The micro-blogging service has succeeded in building a strong, loyal following, but failed to capitalize on it.  Such a scenario, which lacks a revenue model …
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.
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Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
dotMobi Buys Mowser For Mobile Web Integration  —  Congrats to Russ Beattie and Mike Rowehl, the guys behind Mowser.  It may well have looked dead and buried a few weeks ago, but the service has been bought by the dotMobi consortium.  Reporting on Dev.Mobi, James Pearce charts out the use of their new toy …
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James Pearce / dev.mobi:
dotMobi Loves Mowser
Discussion: Lifeblog, TechCrunch and mocoNews.net
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 …
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Nokia aiming to reinvent itself as an “Internet company”  —  During Nokia's annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo seemed to change the direction of the entire company.  “Our goal is to act less like a traditional manufacturer, and more like an internet company,” Kallasvuo told his shareholders.
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Bores  —  After a rousing conversation with reporters Thursday that focused on Google's possible advertising partnership with Yahoo!, the search king's annual meeting was ho hum.  —  Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) Chief Legal Officer David Drummond kicked off the meeting …
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?  —  Updated May 8 to add information on a second issue.  —  Last night WSUS deployed XP Service Pack 3 to the sole remaining computer running XP that I have.  This morning, I came down and was greeted with incessant reboots.
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
If a Google app falls in the forest...
Discussion: WebGuild
Bill Ray / The Register:
WiMAX gets EU harmonisation at 2.6GHz  —  The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has started the approvals process for WiMAX to be officially recognised as a 2.6GHz technology, though Intel's bid for Swedish airwaves provides more substantial evidence of deployment plans.
Financial Times:
Blinkx in focus over Nasdaq  —  Blinkx , the video search group that was spun out of software specialist Autonomy, was the standout small cap feature yesterday.  —  Its shares jumped 38.9 per cent to 25p as rumours circulated that Blinkx, which yesterday launched its new online video indexing technology …
Discussion: paidContent and WebProNews
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.
 
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Variety:
Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Bioshock’
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?
Bloomberg:
Google May Run Display Advertisements With Image-Search Results
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Happy Birthday Copyright Saga: Generating Millions On A Copyright …
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Josh / HP 2133 Guide:
New Mini-Note Models coming on Monday and Thursday?
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
TechCrunch Nabs Syndication Deal With Washington Post
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google
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 Earlier Items: 
The Industry Standard:
Apple's games strategy looks beyond consoles and the iMac
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)
InfoWorld:
OpenOffice.org beta fails the Office 2007 test
John Markoff / New York Times:
F.B.I. Says the Military Had Bogus Computer Gear
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay
Irwin Block / canada.com:
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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