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3:26 AM ET, May 9, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Move Suggests Not Reversing Yahoo Decision  —  Microsoft Corp. released potential proxy board members from their agreements to serve in the event it made a hostile bid for Yahoo Inc., following the software giant's decision last weekend to end its effort to buy the Internet company.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tells Its Alternate Yahoo Board Members It Won't Be Needing Them
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Joe Duck
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Inquisitr
Mathew /
If a Google app falls in the forest...  Philipp Lenssen over at Google Blogoscoped has the sad story of Hello, which has just been shut down (Josh Catone at Read/Write Web has already beaten me to the inevitable headline).  Of course, it's only a sad story if you have any clue what Hello was …
Discussion: WebGuild
PC World:
Stories About Microsoft Office  —  News (15) Reviews (15) How-To (12) From Around the Web (9)  —  The free office suite's support for Microsoft's XML-based Office 2007 file formats leaves much to be desired.  08-May-2008  —  Microsoft has invested several million more dollars …
Discussion: Bits
InfoWorld: beta fails the Office 2007 test
Discussion: MacUser and The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces DataPortability, Partners With Yahoo, Ebay And Twitter  —  MySpace is announcing a broad ranging embrace of data portability standards today, along with data sharing partnerships with Yahoo, Ebay, Twitter and their own Photobucket subsidiary.
Business Wire:
MySpace Introduces ‘Data Availability’ …
Discussion: Bits and Digital Daily
Irwin Block /
Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods  —  Following two class-action lawsuits, Apple Canada Inc. is offering $45 credits to Canadian residents who own a new first-, second- or third-generation iPod purchased before June 24, 2004.  —  The proposed settlement …
Discussion: Valleywag and Podcasting News
Antone Gonsalves / TechWeb:
Apple Reportedly Offers $44 Credit To Canadian iPod Owners
Discussion: My Blog Posts
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Answer to Google's Universal Search is Glue (Coming Soon to America)  —  Sometimes the only way to get new products out the door at a big company like Yahoo is to launch it far away from HQ.  That's what happened with Yahoo Glue, a new way to present search results more visually …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
RIAA: DRM not dead and likely will make comeback  —  To Garnett's right is the MPAA's Fritz Attaway  —  LOS ANGELES—News of DRM's death has been greatly exaggerated, according to an executive with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  —  At a time when the top recording …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act  —  The House of Representatives has approved the Pro-IP Act, a controversial legislative proposal that aims to impose stricter penalties for copyright infringement.  The bill, which has strong support from the content industry, passed by a vote of 410 to 10.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft Than Google, Facebook, or Skype.  But For How Long?  —  When early adopters sit at their computers, what applications and websites do they use the most?  The answer: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and MSN Messenger—just like most everyone else.
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  — Signed 183 new customers, up from 84 new customers in last year's first quarter, including 35 international and 77 signed in March  — Introduced Limelight Live Event Services - a solution of professional services and advanced technologies …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Limelight Networks (LLNW) Feeling Pricing Pressure, Q1 Misses
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture For $30 Million  —  Shawn Fanning, best known for founding Napster, has a new job.  He will be working at Electronic Arts, which is about to buy his social-network-gaming startup Rupture for $30 million, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Geek Gestalt
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Best Online File Sharing Services  —  Whether you're trying to share megabytes worth of music with a friend or send an important document to a coworker, nothing outshines a fast, easy-to-use file-sharing service.  On Tuesday we asked you to share your favorite file-sharing service …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Happy About Failed Microsoft-Yahoo Deal  —  I'm sort of liveblogging a talk that Google honchos Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page is having with reporters before the company's annual meeting.  I'll post their comments in chunks as it goes along... and clean it up later.
John Markoff / New York Times:
F.B.I. Says the Military Had Bogus Computer Gear  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Counterfeit products are a routine threat for the electronics industry.  However, the more sinister specter of an electronic Trojan horse, lurking in the circuitry of a computer or a network router and allowing attackers clandestine access …
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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Ken Liu /
Microsoft Contracts Taiwanese Foundries to Build Latest XBox360 Chips
Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Steampunk Moves Between 2 Worlds
Discussion: Gawker, Nerd World and Gizmodo
Anne Broache / CNET
Democrats revive another Net neutrality proposal
John P. Falcone / CNET
Sony finally offers proper Skype headset bundle for the PSP
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Ubergizmo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Quantcast Launches Demographic Search
Discussion: ClickZ and MarketingVOX
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The noise reduction system
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft trickling out its Spring Live Search update
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Don Reisinger / CNET
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Virgin Mobile USA In Merger Talks With Helio; Other Options Still Being Considered
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google denies staff ‘brain drain’
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 leaked
Associated Press:
Mamma Mia! Papa John's raking in the dough online
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?