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11:45 AM ET, May 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy  —  My ex-boss, John Furrier, goes after Facebook after Facebook blocked Google's Friend Connect from using its API to inport friends from Facebook into Google's Friend Connect.  —  I saw Dave Morin, who runs Facebook's developer platform, at Google's event Monday night.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children  —  After a years-long dispute, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child said Thursday that they had reached an agreement to offer Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining …
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Bender Creates Sugar Labs—New Foundation to Adapt OLPC's Laptop Interface for Other Machines  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Walter Bender, the former president of software and content for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, contacted Xconomy this morning to alert us to the creation of Sugar Labs …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Poor Children Of The World No Longer Will Have To Struggle With Linux
Discussion: Webreakstuff
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Microsoft Joins One Laptop per Child
Discussion: 901am
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Discussion: TechSpot and Electronista
Microsoft:
Microsoft and One Laptop per Child Partner to Deliver Affordable …
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3  —  Apple is moving toward the release of a redesigned MacBook, a new report emanating from the company's Asian Mac manufacturers claims.  —  AU Optronics Corp. and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. have been signed-up to produce flat-panel screens for the new MacBook models …
Discussion: Electronista
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry To Yahoos: Please Keep Working!  Jerry To Bosses: Here's What To Say (YHOO)
Discussion: Valleywag
New York Post:
YAHOO! SEEKING OPEN ALLIANCE WITH GOOGLE  —  Yahoo! executives are scrambling to finalize a search-advertising pact with Google in the face of a fresh challenge to its independence from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources close to the situation …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets ‘Scary’ Legal Precedent  —  In their eagerness to visit justice on a 49-year-old woman involved in the Megan Meier MySpace suicide tragedy, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are resorting to a novel and dangerous interpretation …
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Social Media Evil: Lori Drew and the Dark Side of MySpace
Discussion: The Register
Shadowmite.com Blog:
Treo 800 Prototype picture  —  Someone stopped into our chat room today with this to show us:  —  Its a CDMA WM Treo 800, but according to our source in the Ukraine it is also known as the Palm Zeppelin.  More details will follow, as we are unsure of the pixel count on the screen as well as several other important details.
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Chris Davies / PHONE Magazine:
Palm Treo 800w CDMA live pic shows up
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Laser Logo  —  This is one of the weirder and more interesting logos to show on the Google homepage: in disco neon colors, Google today celebrates the anniversary of the first laser.  Wikipedia explains (footnotes removes, my emphasis):  —  A laser is an electronic-optical device that emits coherent light radiation.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
France Telecom to carry Apple's iPhone to Africa and beyond  —  Napoleon would be proud.  —  France Telecom's wireless subsidiary Orange laid out expansion plans on Friday that will extend its iPhone market beyond France's borders and into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
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Reuters:
Orange to sell iPhone in Europe, Mid East, Africa
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US?  Be sure to hide all your data first  —  Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.  They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and Slashdot
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Treo meets iPhone  —  There is soon to be a flood of new mobile phones to hit the street using Google's new open source Android OS platform.  RKS design consultants of southern California have just introduced their entry into this soon-to-be-ubiquitous mobile platform with this “Mimique” design.
Discussion: textually.org and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around  — January 2000: CNET Aquires MySimon for $700 million  — October 2000: CNET Acquires Ziff Davis (ZDNet) for $1.6 billion (after the March 2000 stock crash)  — July 2004: CNET Acquires Webshots for $70 million
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE.  DOES.  NOT MARKET.  EXCEPT WHEN IT DOES.  —  Over the years I have often pondered the connundrum of Google as a marketing driven company.  On the one hand, this company is entirely driven by marketing - hundreds of thousands of businesses, small and large, marketing themselves through …
 
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Brian Garrity / New York Post:
SONY BMG SET FOR FURTHER SOUR NOTES
Karl / DSLreports:
Missouri University Makes Kids Take Copyright Quiz To Use P2P …
Umair Haque:
Facebook and The Future of Competition
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate
Discussion: Switched, Gizmodo and TechRadar.com
IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Top $21 Billion in '07, Reaching Record High
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Danish Mobile Social Network ZYB Acquired By Vodafone For €31.5 million
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flash P2P: Now That's Disruptive
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft cuts backup from Windows Home Server PowerPack
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The Promise and Peril of Ubiquitous Community
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