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4:35 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).
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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
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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.
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: CNET News.com
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TG Daily
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.”
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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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.
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
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
A baseball cap that reads your mind  —  The brain-computer interface consists of a baseball with six electrodes (one under the left ear) that detect the wearer's EEG signals.  In the current prototype, the system can detect brain activity that corresponds with a person's drowsiness level.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
File Sharing Comes to the iPhone  —  It's been a long time coming but there is finally a file sharing application for the iPhone and iPod touch.  This is a sea-change moment: the celestial jukebox is now available via P2P.  —  iSlsk lets owners of jailbroken iPhones share music on the Soulseek network at decent speeds.
Discussion: CrunchGear and AppScout
ZDNet:
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.
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
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Redmond Magazine Successfully SQL Injected by Chinese Hacktivists
Discussion: Network World
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple keeping P.A. Semi chips around for military
Steven J. Murdoch / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Hardened stateless session cookies
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Signs are NBC triggered block of ‘American Gladiator’
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone rollout: 42 countries, 575 million potential customers
Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
The Anti-Piracy Scam: Canada Insulted Again
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
HTC Touch Diamond Unboxing
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sidekick Slide Scarlet Available Now For $199
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘$100 laptop’ platform moves on
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo and WPP in Partnership
 

 
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