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1:00 PM ET, May 21, 2008

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to lure search users with cash  —  Microsoft isn't talking yet about the big search initiative it's expected to announce Wednesday, but I was able to figure out details with a little digging today.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for the paper. — tb
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cash Back” Tomorrow  —  Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cash Back”  —  The major Microsoft Live Search announcement scheduled for tomorrow will be the official launch of a new product: Microsoft Live Search Cash Back.  —  The program in partnership with eBay …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Playing With Live Search Cashback  —  Microsoft launched Live Search Cashback and Greg will have a more detailed post on his pre-briefing.  But I wanted to take you through the experience of using Cashback as a searcher.  —  It has been a rainy week here in New York, and I figured I would start …
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Launch Cashback Search Service  —  Microsoft Corp. hopes to make gains on Google Inc. in the lucrative business of Internet search through a new service that pays consumers who buy items they find through the software company's search service, according to people familiar with the company's plan.
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's new tack: Bribery as a business model  —  So the news is leaking out fast: Microsoft plans to lure users by dangling cash rebates to people who buy stuff using the company's search.  Will it work?  At this point, I suppose it can't hurt—though no doubt Microsoft is leaving itself open …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Microsoft Pays You For Using Its Search (If You Live In The US)
Discussion: webmonkey and Search Engine Land
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive Pics of the Palm Treo 850  —  Ahh Wednesdays.  Is the first half of the week over or is the second half of the week beginning?  Optimist or pessimist, here at BGR we're doing our part to make today as painless as possible.  How about we start out with an exclusive dose of some live shots of the Palm Treo 850!
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple, CBS sued over ‘Mighty Mouse’  —  Apple and CBS are being sued for trademark infringement by a competing interface manufacturer.  —  The case against Apple and CBS was filed by a firm called Man and Machine.  It alleges Apple began selling its Mighty Mouse over one year after Man …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Time Warner: What Will It Do With $9.25 Billion In Cash?  More Acquisitions On The Way; AOL Talks  —  With the complete separation of the cable unit, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) will get a nice $9.25 billion dividend.  So what's the plan for all that cash?  According to CEO Jeff Bewkes …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Time Warner Officially Announces Plan To Separate Time Warner Cable …
Discussion: Valleywag
BBC:
Design revamp for ‘$100 laptop’  —  The wraps have been taken off the new version of the XO laptop designed for schoolchildren in developing countries.  —  The revamped machine created by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project looks like an e-book and has had its price slashed to $75 per device.
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Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Search Quality  —  Search Quality is the name of the team responsible for the ranking of Google search results.  Our job is clear: A few hundreds of millions of times a day people will ask Google questions, and within a fraction of a second Google needs to decide …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
A peek behind the curtain at Google
All About N-Gage:
Nokia: “If you want your N-Gage games on your new phone, you'll have to buy them all over again.”  —  Nokia's next gen N-Gage platform potentially ushers in a new age of high quality connected phone gaming.  However, it now seems that there's a rather large flaw at the heart of the platform …
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Building the Next Last.fm  —  Since 2002, Last.fm's determined team of music lovers has been on a mission to make online music easier, better and more discoverable.  —  We're still working as hard as ever halfway through 2008, laying the foundations for a next-generation Last.fm.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Moblyng converts Flash applications to work on mobile devices  —  One day soon, with the help of Moblyng, you'll likely be able to stream music playlists on social networks from your phone.  —  In the meantime, though, you can use Moblyng to watch a YouTube video or to put Slide slideshow widgets …
Financial Times:
Moody's shares tumble on rating error  —  Moody's awarded incorrect triple-A ratings to billions of dollars worth of a type of complex debt product due to a bug in its computer models, a Financial Times investigation has discovered.  —  Internal Moody's documents seen by the FT show …
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BBC:
Microsoft offers cash back search
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