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12:25 PM 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, Electronista and TG Daily
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
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.
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: Open Gardens
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
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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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: TechCrunch, Lifeblog and mocoNews.net
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 …
Josh / HP 2133 Guide:
New Mini-Note Models coming on Monday and Thursday?  —  A very nice young lady from the middle east got to chatting with an HP rep today and sent her the following: … The rep also said he had not heard about any user configurable options, so I'm not sure what's up with that.
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
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 …
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
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 …
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 …
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
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
 
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Maps Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4): Your Google Guide to Liberty City
Discussion: TG Daily
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Jinni Get $1M to Magically Netflix it up with Online Video
Discussion: MarketingShift
InfoWorld:
Apple slammed on climate change
Discussion: TG Daily
Variety:
Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Bioshock’
Bill Ray / The Register:
WiMAX gets EU harmonisation at 2.6GHz
Financial Times:
Blinkx in focus over Nasdaq
Discussion: paidContent and WebProNews
Bloomberg:
Google May Run Display Advertisements With Image-Search Results
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Bores  —  After a rousing conversation with reporters Thursday …
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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
MSI Wind UK Price + Preorder Available.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
TechCrunch Nabs Syndication Deal With Washington Post
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google
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:
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
Tom Lee / Techdirt:
Does The GPL Still Matter?