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3:00 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
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
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Birthing pains in the colonization of the social Web  —  The social Web is going through some birthing pains (see Techmeme).  In the name of data portability, the Facebook, MySpace and Google made announcements last week about creating a more open social Web.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I do not compromise  —  Michael Arrington just accused me of compromising.  He said I must be trying to sell my company or suck up to one of the big platforms for a consulting agreement.  —  I beg to differ.  —  I pointed Michael to my post on: … In this post I analyze a new trend I'm seeing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Changing Way
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?
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to add more features to Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC  —  Asustek Computer will launch its Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 in June and the company is planning to add more features to it in order to clearly separate it from its competitors, according to market channel sources.
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.
Discussion: Lifehacker and SEO and Tech Daily
Paul / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Vulnerability Undermines EV SSL Security  —  A security researcher in Finland has discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability on that would allow hackers to carry out highly plausible attacks, adding their own content to the site and stealing credentials from users.
Discussion: The Register and Defense in Depth
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Discussion: Network World
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple keeping P.A. Semi chips around for military
Steven J. Murdoch / Light Blue Touchpaper:
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Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out
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The Anti-Piracy Scam: Canada Insulted Again
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HTC Touch Diamond Unboxing
Official Google Mac Blog:
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘$100 laptop’ platform moves on
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
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