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8:35 AM ET, May 14, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Wired, Let's Do This.  —  A week ago Wired Magazine voiced its displeasure over our syndication partnership with the Washington Post. … When I read this I thought “WTF?” (with an emphasis on the “F").  Wired is a competitor to TechCrunch, but we've been on friendly terms with them for years now.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and The Raw Feed
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Post, TechCrunch Mum on Syndication Deal  —  Last week we ran a short news item about a syndication deal for a little blog called TechCrunch.  —  We pointed out how odd it seemed that the Washington Post, one of the nation's most trusted and revered newspapers, would run stories written …
Discussion: Valleywag
Catherine Rampell / Chronicle of Higher Education:
How It Does It: The RIAA Explains How It Catches Alleged Music Pirates  —  To catch college students trading copyrighted songs online, the Recording Industry Association of America uses the same file-sharing software that online pirates love, an RIAA representative told The Chronicle …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Launch Jabber/XMPP Support for Chat  —  Facebook will announce momentarily via their developer blog support of Facebook chat via Jabber and XMPP.  These are two of the primary standards for instant messaging protocol on the web.  The new format will enable developers …
David Reiss / Facebook Developers:
Using Facebook Chat via Jabber  —  Since the launch of Facebook Chat, we've received a lot of positive feedback from users about being able to connect instantly with their friends on Facebook.  With Chat fully launched and growing steadily, we've started working on more new features to enhance the Chat experience.
Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Enters Microsoft-Yahoo Fray  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has amassed a stake in Yahoo Inc. and is leaning toward launching a proxy contest to unseat at least part of Yahoo's board, according to one person familiar with the situation.  —  Mr. Icahn has bought roughly 50 million …
Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Dum...dum...dum...dum... dum...dum... AAAGH!
Discussion: WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Adds Real Estate Search  —  As a Google employee recently said, “Google Maps is evolving from a driving directions and business search tool, to a comprehensive representation of all the world's information, on a map.”  That's why Google Maps started to integrate different layers …
Marc Andreessen /
Friend Connect, Open Social, Ning, and the web  —  First, I'm very happy to say that Ning will be rolling out our formal production support for Open Social in June.  —  In case you missed the news at the time, Open Social is a standard way, sponsored by Google, to build new features ("gadgets" …
Discussion: Scobleizer, PSFK and Android Phone Fans
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Marc Andreessen Isn't So Impressed With Google Friend Connect
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
MySpace wins $230 million anti-spam judgment  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious “Spam King” and his partner now owe MySpace about $230 million in damages after a federal judge awarded the popular online hangout what is believed to be the largest anti-spam judgment ever.
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
MySpace tells AP it has won $234M spam judgment
Discussion: CNET
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.
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Login to Zoho with your Google or Yahoo! Accounts  —  Now you can login to Zoho with your Google or Yahoo! accounts.  Below the Zoho Sign-in section, you now have the option to login with your Google or Yahoo! accounts.  —  If you already have a Zoho account with your Google or Yahoo! …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
MacBooks will take 50% of notebook market share within a year  —  I saw an interesting blog post this week regarding how Apple is immune to the innovator's dilemma (for those unfamiliar with the term).  First, I don't think the company is immune at all, I think that OS X and MacBooks …
Discussion: Moonwatcher
Lewis Page / The Register:
SMS costs more than using Hubble Space Telescope  —  Teenagers.  Harder to reach than distant galaxies  —  A British boffin has calculated that text messages are a horrendously expensive method of handling information, costing many times more than it does to access data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Discussion: Mobile Entertainment
Greg Sandoval / CNET
What is blocking Vista users from recording NBC shows?  —  Some users of Windows Vista Media Center say they were blocked from recording NBC Universal TV shows American Gladiator and Medium on Monday night.  —  “Restrictions set by the broadcaster and/or originator prohibit recording of this program …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta program frustrates testers  —  The first Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta build was released in November 2007.  The release brought the ability to sign into Messenger from up to four computers at once, the ability to choose customized sounds for your sign …
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Torrent2exe turns any torrent file into a single-source BitTorrent client
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Get Vista's Best Features in XP
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Discussion: Engadget
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