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5:50 PM ET, May 18, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!  —  Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft To Buy Just Yahoo's Search Business?  —  Will Microsoft now just buy Yahoo's search business instead of the whole company?  —  Ah, what are weekends for?  —  Why, announcing another non-deal deal-this time, sources said, is related to search-in the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover pas de deux, of course!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Hyperconnected vs. 84% of Everyone Else on Earth  —  Two studies that crossed my screen tonight here in London point to a widening digital divide.  I am not referring to the gap between those who are online and everyone else.  The gulf I am addressing here is between those who are fully engaged with the web and, well, Earth.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Survey: One-fifth of Americans have never used e-mail  —  The digital divide is apparently alive and well.  —  About 20 percent of all U.S. heads-of-household have never sent an e-mail, and about 20 million households, or 18 percent, are without Internet access, according to a study released earlier this week.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google News has no noise  —  I'm a noise junkie.  I used to be a news junkie, but I've hung out with the world's top journalists enough now to see that the good ones are noise junkies.  They are the types that head into a crowded party and listen to pitch after pitch (noise) …
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Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
The Noise About FriendFeed Noise  —  I'm actually enjoying the “noise” of FriendFeed.
Discussion: louisgray.com
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Be So Naive: Friendfeed Adds to the Noise
Discussion: Scobleizer and notes, thoughts …
Mark Evans:
I Hate to be Rude But...  I don't want to join Boxbe, Spock or Diigo or, for that matter, any of the social network/knowledge-sharing/e- mail services that people have been nice enough to extend invitations recently.  —  It's good to be asked but there's already enough social stuff on my plate …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Bill's Gold Watch  —  Bill Gates is sure taking his sweet time retiring.  While he is busy hyping yet another Microsoft research project to the CEO Summit, Google has vaulted several huge steps ahead in the cloud infrastructure battle with Friend Connect.  Mike Arrington's audience …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Observations on Twitterdom  —  Twitter and tweeting are rapidly becoming part of the lexicon, at least among the digerati who have discovered the jouissance of followers and following.  Twitter hasn't unleashed a unique technology, but an inspired broadcast pivot on existing messaging models.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
If Icahn Can't Get Microsoft Back To Table Before Shareholder Meeting, He'll Lose Proxy Fight  —  The next move in the Yahoo-Microsoft-Icahn saga is Carl Icahn's: He has to get Microsoft back to the negotiating table in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, he'll do everything he can to suggest …
Discussion: paidContent.org and New York Post
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In India, Location Based Search Kicks Off  —  Earlier this month, India surpassed US as the second largest mobile market (by subscriber count) in the world.  With close to 280 million subscribers, it now has enough of a user base to become a breeding ground for a new class of applications …
Discussion: Mashable!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Goes Straight, Bans Porn  —  Scribd, the “YouTube for documents”, has announced that it will be removing all pornographic material from the site beginning May 21.  —  Here's the announcement from the site's blog: … So how will this affect the YCombinator startup?
Discussion: DygiScape
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Social Media Growing Pains  —  This past week eMarketer slashed advertising revenue forecasts for social networking sites.  Facebook's projections for this year tumbled in steadfast.  —  While some might “credit” that to the softening economy, the fact remains, online advertising is growing …
Discussion: The Stalwart and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Friends Data Has Already Left the Barn  —  How much are your friends worth?  That is the question behind the big debate going on around social networks and data portability.  In the last ten days, Facebook, Google, and MySpace have all announced ways to let people access their data …
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Samdean / OStatic blogs:
Firefox 3 RC 1: A Guided Tour
Discussion: TechSpot and TechWeb
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
China allows bloggers, others to spread quake news
Ike Elliott / Telecosm:
Vonage Can't Afford Not To Ramp Marketing Spending
Discussion: Mr Blog and VoIP Watch
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Cell phone, VoIP technologies lack security, experts say
Discussion: DSLreports
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Facebook exec: We're the Net's cable company
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