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5:05 PM ET, May 10, 2008

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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Is Microsoft stalking Powerset's search technology?  —  While Powerset is preparing for the public rollout of its unique, semantic search engine, Microsoft may be interested in acquiring the startup, according to sources.  —  I asked Barney Pell, Powerset co-founder and CTO, whether there was any truth to a Microsoft-Powerset deal.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, Beyond Search and WebGuild
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset's Dilemma: Go For It, Or Sell  —  San Francisco based search startup Powerset will be launching shortly.  For now, Powerset will query only Wikipedia and Freebase.  But as I said when the product was demo'd to me a few weeks ago, it is compelling nonetheless: “When I tested the service …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Three's Company Or Three's A Crowd?  Google To Launch “Friend Connect” On Monday  —  Don't they say good things come in threes?  Well, regardless, we've heard from multiple sources that Google will launch a new product on Monday called “Friend Connect,” which will be a set of APIs …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone “currently unavailable” at Apple Store  —  Following reported shortages of iPhones by UK reseller O2 earlier this week, both the Apple Store in the US and UK “appear” to have run out of iPhones.  It is probably best to say the outage is parenthetical at this time, because both the French and German stores still have stock.
Fred / A VC:
Three Reasons To Use Disqus  —  First, I'd like to be perfectly clear that our firm, Union Square Ventures, is an investor in Disqus.  So I am clearly biased about what I am about to say.  Second, I'd like to point out that the reason we made the investment is largely based on my experience …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How AT&T spilled the Starbucks beans  —  Here's one thing the folks at Apple could teach their friends at AT&T: how to parcel out the good news.  —  Case in point: the Starbucks-iPhone-Wi-Fi deal that's been on and off all week and generating all the wrong kind of headlines (see for example, here).
Robert / infOpinions?:
PR Bludgeons Itself ::  Again  —  Kelli Matthews, of the University of Oregon, has a good post in PROpenMic.org entitled PR Taking it in the Teeth (Again).  —  I'll share my response, but ask that you visit her post and read the comments by students (sign up required, membership is free).
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Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Making Mistakes and Amends in Blogger and Media Relations
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Security flaw turns Gmail into open-relay server  —  A recently-discovered flaw in Gmail is capable of turning Google's e-mail service into a highly effective spam machine.  According to the Information Security Research Team (INSERT), Gmail is susceptible to a man-in-the-middle attack …
Discussion: Googling Google
IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Limit Capabilities of Cheap Laptops  —  Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this type of device, IDG News Service has learned.
Discussion: Engadget
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
The BlackBerry 9000 Has a Name - the BlackBerry BOLD?!  —  Hey BlackBerry Addicts, you heard it here First!  As predicted, the BlackBerry 9000 will launch with a name to go along with the numbers, and that name is the BlackBerry BOLD.  We've been speculating whether the 9000 would receive …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Shareaza Stands Up To Scammers: “We're fighting back!”  —  A lot of things have happened since the Shareaza domain was hijacked.  Through TorrentFreak, the Shareaza development team gives an exclusive update on the current situation:  —  Dear friends and supporters,
Discussion: P2P Blog and p2pnet
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
.org owners facing 10% hike in registration fees this fall  —  Organizations that own .org domains may soon find themselves paying a bit more to renew, transfer, and register new domains.  The company that operates the .org domain, Public Interest Registry (PIR), has decided to raise wholesale rates …
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