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4:00 AM ET, May 22, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoa: Microsoft Cashback Google-Killer Generates NO Revenue For Microsoft  —  We're going to get a full download on the economics of Microsoft (MSFT) Live Search cashback tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's why Google (GOOG) was down 5% today (in part).  —  Cashback merchant partners—the advertisers—set the cashback percentage.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The True Fiction of Microsoft Live Search  —  Yesterday, I read a post on Google's blog about their focus on improving search quality.  Today, I read a press release from Microsoft in which it said its Live Search product will be used to give “cash back” to those who use it to find and buy things.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hey Microsoft: Bribing Searchers Is Fine; Frustrating Them Is Not!  —  I've got no problem if Microsoft wants to “bribe” searchers to use its search engine.  Even Google has done the same.  But the Live Search Cashback program rolled out today seems a pretty inept way to do it …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   Will Microsoft be directionless without Bill Gates?
Jack / Twitter Blog:
I have this graph up on my screen all the time.  It should be flat.  This week has been rough.  —  We've gone through our various databases, caches, web servers, daemons, and despite some increased traffic activity across the board, all systems are running nominally.  The truth is we're not sure what's happening.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter VC Funding Done.  Raises $15 MM  —  I spent most of the day digging up more information on Twitter and its new round of funding that I reported last night.  The update is that Twitter reached an agreement with investors today to raise $15 million in funding at around $80 million pre-money valuation.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Microsoft boosts support for rival formats in Office  —  Microsoft is opening up Office to other file formats, slowly but steadily.  —  On Wednesday, the company said it plans to add new formats to Office 2007, including the Open Document Format (ODF), Portable Document Format (PDF), and XML Paper Specification (XPS).
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Office 2007 to gain native ODF support early next year
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Next Office 2007 service pack will include ODF, PDF support options
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market  —  If you work in the technology industry it pays to be familiar with the ideas from Geoffrey Moore's insightful book Crossing the Chasm.  In the book he takes a look at the classic marketing bell curve that segments customers …
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry Bold: Hands On (and Wait-a-Thon)  —  What happens when your Sister Site, CrackBerry.com, manages to score a BlackBerry Bold on eBay?  What happens after they do their hands-on images, videos, and walkthroughs, that is?  What happens is they start sending the beast around the the office.
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
16 Simple Ways to Improve FriendFeed  —  Despite my initial skepticism, I am enjoying using FriendFeed ("FF" from here out).  I find interesting stories & news articles from my friends, I hear about news from colleagues, and am able to interact with them all in one place.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Censoring User Messaging: Spam Prevention or Unaccountable Control of Conversation?  —  Facebook and MySpace have replaced email for a substantial number of young people.  Facebook, though, appears to believe that some things are better off not discussed in conversations between its members.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Firefox 3 Features  —  The newest version of our favorite open source web browser, Mozilla Firefox 3, offers dozens of new features and fixes, but only a handful will make the most dramatic difference in your everyday browsing.  After 17 months of alphas and betas …
Discussion: Underexposed, Computerworld and Digg
Associated Press:
Proposal may ease cancellation fees for cell phone users  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is quietly negotiating to help cell phone customers avoid expensive fees when they cancel contracts with wireless companies, The Associated Press has learned.  —  Cell phone companies routinely …
Paul McIntyre / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
TiVo launch imminent, minus monthly fee  —  THE Seven Media Group will launch its TiVo digital video recorder in July after a strategic overhaul that includes a surprise move to scrap a planned monthly subscription fee for the broadband-enabled service.  —  TiVo's launch will be the first …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Nearing Subscription-Free Australian Launch
reddit:
yourweek: reddit-powered television news  —  I've been looking forward to this announcement ever since we started talking with PBS (public broadcasting here in the USA) about YourWeek early this year.  Here's the Valleywag and NewTeeVee coverage.  —  It's a weekly television news program powered by you (really).
Core Security:
MULTIPLE VULNERABILITIES IN ICAL  —  Core Security Technologies - CoreLabs Advisory  —  ADVISORY INFORMATION  —  Title: Multiple vulnerabilities in iCal  —  VULNERABILITY INFORMATION  —  Remotely Exploitable: Yes (client-side)  —  Locally Exploitable: No  —  CVE Name: CVE-2008-1035, CVE-2008-2006, CVE-2008-2007
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live: Facebook Discusses New Profile Design  —  Facebook has invited a group of bloggers and journalists to its offices on Hamilton Street in Palo Alto today to discuss the details of its upcoming profile redesign, which we're told will launch in a few weeks.  —  Keep checking in here as I share my notes from the event.
 
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google Says It Will Defend Competitive Rationale of a Yahoo Deal
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Kim Girard / CNET News.com:
Whirlpool to add iGo's gadget recharger to refrigerators
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
CTL IL1PC Mini-Review
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera Takes on Apple With Open Widget SDK
InfoWorld:
‘PatentGate’ one year later: MS against open-source world
Discussion: Open Source
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
The Longest Mobile Phone Ever Or Just Looks It
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Wireless industry going through its AOL phase
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SmallWorlds Brings a Third Dimension to Web 2.0
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Search at LinkedIn Beats Google
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple missing golden .Mac opportunity
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media
Discussion: Regular Geek and broadstuff
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures Startup Camp
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Goldman Internet: NYTCo.'s Nisenholtz: The Rise Of Social Nets Squeezing Prices
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
PHP Sucks, But It Doesn't Matter
Discussion: Gadgetopia
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