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6:15 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 Wired.com 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 …
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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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Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.16.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Sam Whitmore, Marc Canter, Dana Gardner, Mike Arrington, Mike Vizard, and Robert Scoble - collide over data portability and media convergence with self-invited guest Chris Saad.  Recorded Friday, May 16, 2008.  —  Standard Podcast [80:56m]: Play Now |
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Birthing pains in the colonization of the social Web
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 dailywireless.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Open Sugar & Microsoft: End of OLPC As We Know It?
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
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MarketWatch:
AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics get Apple MacBook orders: report  —  TAIPEI (MarketWatch) — AU Optronics Corp. (AUO:, , ) and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (3009.TW:, , ) , Taiwan's top two flat-panel makers by revenue, have obtained flat-panel orders for Apple Inc.'s (AAPL:, , ) …
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3
Discussion: Electronista
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
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.
Paul / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Vulnerability Undermines EV SSL Security  —  A security researcher in Finland has discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability on paypal.com 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
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.
ReadWriteWeb:
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
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Thunder To Battle iPhone?!  Well, Maybe Some Day Just Not Now  —  The rumor mill once again is churning big time in the battle between BlackBerry and iPhone, Research in Motion  —  And now comes word of the Thunder.  —  Speculation is rampant all over the web that RIM is readying the touch screen Thunder for release in the Fall.
Discussion: eWeek and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Demand.OpenID.net: A One Click Call to Action  —  OpenID provider JanRain has launched an interesting project called Demand OpenID, which lets users click a bookmarklet whenever they are on a website that they want to request OpenID support on.  It's a handy, if a touch rude …
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
comScore:
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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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here (But Not from Apple)
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Fastmac announces first universal Mac battery charger, TruePower U-Charge
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Snackr is an RSS Addict's Dream Come True
Discussion: SheGeeks
Steven Sande / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
FlyTunes Brings Free Streaming Radio to iPhone & iPod Touch
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Fujitsu set to debut AMILO GraphicBooster external graphics card
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
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EFF: Signs are NBC triggered block of ‘American Gladiator’
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PhoneView v2.0 Released
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
AMD cries foul over Intel's ‘river of cash’ flowing to Dell
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip
John Skidgel / Google App Engine Blog:
App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate
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