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7:20 PM ET, May 16, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica  —  Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica, we've confirmed.  The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondéNet, run by Sarah Chubb).  Wired Digital assets include and Reddit (acquired in 2006).
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?
Discussion: Forbes and Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘$100 laptop’ platform moves on  —  An independent effort to develop the software originally designed for the $100 laptop has been launched.  —  Sugar Labs will take the laptop's innovative interface, known as Sugar, to the “next level of usability and utility”, according to its founders.
Discussion: GMSV, and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Open Sugar & Microsoft: End of OLPC As We Know It?
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.
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.
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.16.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Sam Whitmore …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
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
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple keeping P.A. Semi chips around for military  —  Apple will be a chipmaker—of sorts—for a while after its acquisition of P.A. Semi as it satisfies demand for that company's current product.  —  The Register is reporting that Apple will support P.A. Semi's current Pwrficient processors …
Discussion: Valleywag
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip
Discussion: MacDailyNews
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
The Anti-Piracy Scam: Canada Insulted Again  —  The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IPAC) was established in October 2003.  Its website states: " The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral group committed to protecting American intellectual property …
Discussion: EXCESS COPYRIGHT and Bit Player
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: SheGeeks
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
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.
Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out  —  Those of you dying to get your QWERTY on with RIM's hot new Blackberry Bold can start marking your calendars and stashing cash under the cushions — release dates and pricing info have hit the tubes this morning.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo Wii outsells 360, PS3, PS2, PSP combined in April  —  The NPD console sales numbers have been released for April, stuffed with fascinating content.  How did the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto stack up against each other?  Did Mario Kart Wii sell as many copies as expected?
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone rollout: 42 countries, 575 million potential customers  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster summarized the flood of recent iPhone deals in a note to clients on Friday.  The key numbers in his report:  — 46 carriers announced to date (up from 6 currently)  — 42 countries covered (up from 6)
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and MacDailyNews
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for April  —  Google Sites Capture #1 Property Ranking for the First Time  —  April 15 Deadline Prompts Surge of Traffic to Tax Sites  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released …
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Steven J. Murdoch / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Hardened stateless session cookies
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Steven Sande / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
FlyTunes Brings Free Streaming Radio to iPhone & iPod Touch
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
Book Review: Designing for the Social Web
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
MetroFi Plans Market Exit: Sale or Shutter
Greg Sandoval / CNET
EFF: Signs are NBC triggered block of ‘American Gladiator’
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
HTC Touch Diamond Unboxing
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sidekick Slide Scarlet Available Now For $199
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
AideRSS Updates Filtering: Adds Twitter
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Fight card: AMD Radeon 4800 vs. Nvidia GTX 200
Discussion: GigaOM, Fudzilla and I4U News
Ecamm Network News:
PhoneView v2.0 Released
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Thunder To Battle iPhone?! Well, Maybe Some Day Just Not Now
Discussion: eWeek and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
AMD cries foul over Intel's ‘river of cash’ flowing to Dell
John Skidgel / Google App Engine Blog:
App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets ‘Scary’ Legal Precedent