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4:20 PM ET, May 13, 2008


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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store  —  Favorites Including “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” Now Available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple® today announced that programming from HBO is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (
Apple Hot News:
HBO programming now available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple today announced that customers can now purchase and download critically acclaimed HBO shows — including such Emmy Award-winning programs as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Deadwood, and Rome — from iTunes.
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Apple OKs variable pricing for HBO
Discussion: CinemaTech
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder, the touchscreen BlackBerry we've all been waiting for  —  Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, it's only fitting that we follow up and give y'all the real lowdown on it!  This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many.
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Showcase Mac OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone Development Platforms at WWDC 2008 Keynote  —  Apple® today announced that a team of Apple executives, led by CEO Steve Jobs, will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning …
AppleInsider:   New Time Machine option in 10.5.3; Boston store opens Thursday
Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is considering launching a proxy fight at Yahoo, according to people who have spoken with Icahn.  —  Icahn has declined to comment.  —  Late last week, Icahn began building a significant position in Yahoo …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo shareholder bows out of launching proxy fight, Icahn to step in?
HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion  — EDS shareholders to receive $25.00 per share in cash for each EDS share  — Transaction expected to more than double HP's revenue from services, furthering its standing as world's largest technology company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2008
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP-EDS: It's About The Clouds, Baby!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009  —  Why is Microsoft (MSFT) so concerned about Google?  (GOOG) Lots of reasons, one of which is this: By this time next year, Google's search business will be larger and more profitable than the most profitable and legendary monopoly in history—Microsoft Windows.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled  —  Eric Schmidt was doing his level best late last week not to gloat.  With Microsoft dropping its attempted takeover of Yahoo, the Google chief executive had just seen his arch-rival abandon its most direct attack yet on Google's growing dominance of online search and advertising.
Android Developers Blog:
The Top 50 Applications  —  As you may have heard, the results from Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 were announced to all the participants late last week.  We're still working on pulling together a more extensive listing for each application that made it into the top 50 …
Online Advertising Impacted by U.S. Economic Slowdown  —  PubMatic Ad Network Pricing Index Shows 23 percent Drop in Ad Rates  —  PubMatic (, the world's first service that automates and optimizes ad inventory decision-making for Web publishers, today released …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Finally, a Sign of Online Ad Weakness?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs  —  Company to Drop Some Niche Models In Bet on Alienware  —  Dell Inc. is taking a surprising step to reinvigorate its business in specialty gaming personal computers: abandoning several of its most popular models to focus on what it sees as its premium line.
Travis Hudson / Today @ PC World:   Dell Halts High-End XPS Production
Opera Mini — the people's choice  —  Today, Opera Software announced the availability of Opera Mini 4.1, the newest version of the award-winning browser that works on nearly every mobile phone.  Opera Mini 4.1 revolutionizes the way people get the Web on their Mobile phone.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET
Opera Mini 4.1 steps out of beta
Discussion: Download Squad and TechSpot
Jim / craigslist blog:
Unlawful and Unfair  —  We filed a complaint in California today, charging eBay with unlawful and unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information, deceptive passing-off, business interference, false advertising, phishing attacks, free-riding, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Hits Back at eBay
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Reuters
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs  —  One of the most frustrating tasks about my job is finding reliable traffic and other usage data about websites.  —  But today, Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer said they may fix that problem in the future …
Discussion: DSLreports
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Server 2008 goes down-market  —  Microsoft is set to announce Tuesday that it is launching a “public preview” program for two server products based on its Windows Server 2008 operating system.  —  The products, one aimed at small business and the other at midsize firms …
Microsoft Announces Public Preview and Pricing for Windows Essential …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and BetaNews
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
StumbleUpon's Stumble Video adds new content partners  —  Media “discovery” site StumbleUpon announced Tuesday that its video service, Stumble Video, has a host of new content available: content sites College Humor, Funny or Die, and, as well as video-hosting sites Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Veoh.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Beet.TV and CenterNetworks
Rob Larson / First Look:
Times Reader Beta for Mac Coming This Month  —  A beta version of Times Reader for Mac users will be released this month.  In building Times Reader for the Mac we've focused on providing the core set of features that have made the PC version popular.  These include the easy-to-read paginated format …
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