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11:56 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 …
Joseph Weisenthal /
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
PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Comments on the Due Diligence Agreement Reached With Circuit City
Discussion: Digital Daily
Margaret Kane / CNET   Circuit City retains Goldman Sachs to explore ‘strategic alternatives’
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 …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows XP SP3 Sows Havoc, Users Complain  —  The problems with XP SP3 range from spontaneous reboots to outright system crashes.  —  Within hours of its release, Microsoft's Service Pack 3 for Windows XP began drawing hundreds of complaints from users who claim the update is wreaking havoc on their PCs.
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
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.
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
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 …
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 …
James Pearce /
dotMobi Loves Mowser
Discussion: Lifeblog, TechCrunch and
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 …
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.
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
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?  —  A little birdy told us about some unusual happenings at Apple.  According to our anonymous tipster, .Mac will undergo a complete revamp that will coincide with the iPhone 2.0 launch (which everyone expects to occur at WWDC 08).
Discussion: Infinite Loop, IntoMobile, iLounge and Digg
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.
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.
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: TG Daily
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who's Buying Blinkx? Google? News Corp?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
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Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Bioshock’
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?
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
TechCrunch Nabs Syndication Deal With Washington Post
Discussion: My Blog Posts
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Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
AT&T yanks iPhone free Wi-Fi info from site
Chris Walters / Consumerist:
It's Now Completely Impossible To Sell A Laptop On Ebay
Irwin Block /
Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act