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3:25 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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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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James Pearce / dev.mobi:
dotMobi Loves Mowser
Discussion: Lifeblog and mocoNews.net
Miker / Mike Rowehl:   $dotMobi[] = $Mowser  —  The word is out now that dotMobi is picking up the Mowser assets.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Lift 5,000 Friends Limit  —  Facebook will soon remove a limitation that restricts users to no more than 5,000 friend connections, someone close to the company told us this week.  —  There are stories around why the limitation exists at all.  The official reason is that Facebook wants …
Discussion: All Facebook and Technology Live
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gizmodo
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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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.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Who's Buying Blinkx? Google? News Corp?
BBC:
Serious playtime  —  For many years the average video gamer has been male and aged 24 or more.  —  These young men typically have the disposable income and time needed to support a gaming habit and, it has to be said, many of the titles being released were designed to appeal to such folk.
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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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Confirms Plans To Put Display Ads On Google.com  —  The most pressing question for Google (GOOG) shareholders is what product will drive the company's next growth boom as the search product cycle ends.  Most likely candidate?  Not sexy mobile or video.  Just boring old display ads.
Discussion: Bloomberg and MediaFile
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Analysis: MySpace and Facebook challenge mobile-only social networks  —  Ask somebody who works at one of the 47-some mobile social networks in the world about the threat of their millions of users switching to use the mobile versions of MySpace, Facebook and other large computer-based social networks …
Discussion: The Social Times
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.
Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Appeal $1.3 Billion EU Fine  —  Microsoft is appealing the $1.3 billion (€899 million) fine imposed on it by the European Union for failing to honor a 2004 antitrust agreement, the company said Friday.  —  Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said via e-mail Friday that the company …
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 …
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 …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Virgin Mobile USA and Helio in merger talks?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Travel Update: Private Jet Grounded This Winter
Chris Laker / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment award-winning garden is destroyed after …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Digg
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
New bill ties net neutrality to antitrust law
Steve Rosenbush / paidContent.org:
Inside The Deals: Forget Yahoo—Microsoft Needs To Go On The Ultimate Corporate Diet
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Deal Journal
InfoWorld:
Microsoft talks up using printers to make drugs
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Last.fm announces original video programming
Discussion: paidContent, BetaNews and hypebot
Office Sustained Engineering:
Office 2007 SP1 releasing to Automatic Update
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Piracy now “public nuisance” in Los Angeles County
Discussion: WinExtra, Slashdot and Techdirt
InfoWorld:
Apple slammed on climate change
Discussion: Infinite Loop and TG Daily
Variety:
Gore Verbinski to direct ‘Bioshock’
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Bores  —  After a rousing conversation with reporters Thursday …
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New Mini-Note Models coming on Monday and Thursday?
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