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4:45 AM ET, May 17, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica  —  Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica (ranked #5 all time on the BloggerBoard), we've confirmed.  The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondéNet, run by Sarah Chubb).
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Conde Nast buys Ars Technica
Discussion: TG Daily
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download  —  Please note: The Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:   Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 Released
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington is Right, Facebook is Wrong  —  Mike Arrington and I had a sometimes violent disagreement on today's Gillmor Gang.  —  The reason we were arguing?  Because we both were arguing different things.  —  Mike Arrington was arguing that Facebook was in the wrong …
Discussion: Paying Attention
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Snackr is an RSS Addict's Dream Come True  —  Snackr is a new Adobe AIR app that lets you display items in your RSS feeds in a beautiful scrolling ticker on any edge of your screen.  I am absolutely giddy about it after only a few minutes of use.  Snackr is something you'd supplement your existing reader with, not a replacement.
Discussion: CNET
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo seeks to conceal parts of shareholder suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is seeking to conceal large portions of a shareholder lawsuit alleging the Internet company's board improperly thwarted Micrsoft Corp.'s $47.5 billion takeover offer, raising shareholder questions over the motives for the secrecy.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?  —  Throughout this new series of developments in the Yahoo (YHOO) takeover circus, Microsoft (MSFT) has been unusually quiet about billionaire investor Carl Icahn's efforts to take over Yahoo's board via a proxy fight and then turn around …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Best Buy (BBY) Buying Netflix (NFLX) For $44?  —  A reader says there was chatter to that effect this afternoon, as Netflix (NFLX) pushed 6% higher on high volume.  —  Would this make sense?  Only if Best Buy (BBY) has been persuaded that the Blockbuster (BBI) - Circuit City (CCI) deal makes sense, which we certainly haven't.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
High-Tech Japanese, Running Out of Engineers  —  TOKYO — Japan is running out of engineers.  —  After years of fretting over coming shortages, the country is actually facing a dwindling number of young people entering engineering and technology-related fields.  —  Universities call it “rikei banare,” or “flight from science.”
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Reality Check  —  I have this notion to write a series of columns from time to time under the title “Reality Check” — columns intended to explain how the world of Information Technology actually functions.  Because like any other entrenched, complex, and often closeted industry …
The Most Popular Twitter Apps According to the Blogosphere  —  Six weeks ago, ReadWriteWeb published their definitive list of the top Twitter clients.  The methodology for that list was watching the Twitter public feed and logging tweet sources.  However, how does the list of clients people …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here (But Not from Apple)  —  It's not from Apple, but it gives a pretty good idea of what to expect from them, especially knowing that only one guy—Christian Moore—got this system running at full speed on a simple Intel-based MacBook.
Lisa Zyga /
A baseball cap that reads your mind  —  The brain-computer interface consists of a baseball with six electrodes (one under the left ear) that detect the wearer's EEG signals.  In the current prototype, the system can detect brain activity that corresponds with a person's drowsiness level.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
File Sharing Comes to the iPhone  —  It's been a long time coming but there is finally a file sharing application for the iPhone and iPod touch.  This is a sea-change moment: the celestial jukebox is now available via P2P.  —  iSlsk lets owners of jailbroken iPhones share music on the Soulseek network at decent speeds.
Discussion: CrunchGear and AppScout
Asus to embed Linux into all motherboards  —  Asus is to embed a lightweight, instant-on version of Linux called “Splashtop” into all its motherboards, following good feedback from customers.  —  On Wednesday, DeviceVM, the company behind the distribution, said the hardware manufacturer …
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Discussion: Network World
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Apple keeping P.A. Semi chips around for military
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iPhone rollout: 42 countries, 575 million potential customers
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Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out
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The Anti-Piracy Scam: Canada Insulted Again
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to add more features to Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC
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