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10:50 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).
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Conde Nast buys Ars Technica  —  Ars Technica, a decade-old independent tech news and analysis site, is becoming a part of Conde Nast's Wired Digital group.  —  The acquisition will be announced Monday, sources familiar with the acquisition said, confirming a report Friday in TechCrunch.
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden
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?
Discussion: CNET and Forbes
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
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?
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 …
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
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 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.
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
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.
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