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1:15 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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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 …
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Mowser.mobi !  —  Mowser has a new home!  —  It took a few weeks to work out the details, but pretty much on the day that I announced Mowser was shutting, the guys at dotMobi got in touch with us interested in the service.  Today is the official announcement that they've acquired the site and technology …
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Miker / Mike Rowehl:   $dotMobi[] = $Mowser  —  The word is out now that dotMobi is picking up the Mowser assets.
Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:   dotMobi Buys Mowser For Mobile Web Integration
James Pearce / dev.mobi:
dotMobi Loves Mowser
Discussion: Lifeblog and mocoNews.net
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?  —  Updated May 8 to add information on a second issue.  —  Updated May 9 to add information on possible additional issues as well as instructions for using the recovery console.  —  Last night WSUS deployed XP Service Pack 3 …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows XP SP3 Sows Havoc, Users Complain
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone graphic: Apple's new map of the world  —  Like many Apple (AAPL) watchers, the investors at IMO's Apple Finance Forum have been closely following this week's flurry of announcements of iPhone deals with carriers around the world.  One of the contributors to the forum …
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.
Hsu Chuang Khoo / Reuters:
Britain's Blinkx flies on Google, Newscorp bid talk  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Shares of British video search engine firm Blinkx surged 50 percent to a seven-month high on Friday, on talk that Internet giant Google and media conglomerate NewsCorp may bid for the firm.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Bloomberg:
Apple to provide refunds for power adapters  —  Apple Inc. agreed to pay refunds of $25 to $79 to as many as 2.3 million Macintosh computer owners to resolve claims that some of its power adapters were prone to spark.  —  Customers who bought certain replacement adapters for PowerBook …
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.
Discussion: The Real McCrea and Open Gardens
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Piracy now “public nuisance” in Los Angeles County  —  Piracy has been called many things, but Los Angeles County is adding a new appellation to the list: public nuisance.  As first reported by Wired, the county's Board of Supervisors has just adopted a new ordinance (PDF) …
Discussion: WinExtra, Threat Level and Slashdot
Office Sustained Engineering:
Office 2007 SP1 releasing to Automatic Update  —  As we noted when we released Office 2003 Service Pack 3 via Microsoft Update (MU), we are committed to providing at least 30 days notice before making Office service packs available via Microsoft Update automatic distribution (for Vista and XP).
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:
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
InfoWorld:
Apple slammed on climate change  —  Apple is once again being pilloried on the strength of its green credentials, taking last place among computer firms rated within a recent ClimateCounts survey on climate friendliness.  —  Apple achieved just 11 points in the survey, far behind other computer companies rated in the annual list.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and TG Daily
 
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BBC:
Serious playtime  —  For many years the average video gamer …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Hollywood Blockbuster: Bebo Serves One Billion Videos Per Month!
InfoWorld:
Microsoft talks up using printers to make drugs
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Last.fm announces original video programming
Discussion: paidContent, BetaNews and hypebot
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
MySpace to let users share profile across the Net
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Maps Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4): Your Google Guide to Liberty City
Discussion: TG Daily and IGN
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Jinni Get $1M to Magically Netflix it up with Online Video
Discussion: MarketingShift
Variety:
Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Bioshock’
 Earlier Items: 
Financial Times:
Blinkx in focus over Nasdaq
Discussion: paidContent and WebProNews
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
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Bores  —  After a rousing conversation with reporters Thursday …
Josh / HP 2133 Guide:
New Mini-Note Models coming on Monday and Thursday?
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google
John Markoff / New York Times:
FBI says military had bogus computer gear
Discussion: DailyTech and The Register
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
AT&T yanks iPhone free Wi-Fi info from site
 

 
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