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10:15 AM 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
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cash Back” Tomorrow  —  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 and its PayPal unit will offer cash back to consumers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Offer Cash Back To Search Engine Users In Effort To Fight Google  —  Microsoft will announce a new search advertising model tomorrow at the Advance08 Conference in Bellevue, Washington - some parts of the site are already live on Microsoft now (see screen shots below).
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft looks to buy way into search (again)
Discussion: Search Engine Land and I4U News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong  —  Their words, not mine.  —  I've mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it's news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point).  But, seriously, they need to get their act together.
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 …
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.
David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Gets Redesigned
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Party's Over, Bloggers: CBS, NBC, Fox Threaten Free Clip Service Redlasso  —  Redlasso, a TV clip service favored by bloggers everywhere, is being threatened with legal action by three of the major media conglomerates: Fox (NWS), CBS (CBS) and NBC (GE).  The three companies have sent …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's Hurd: U.S. demand ‘spotty’; Data center, app consolidation continues  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd was inevitably asked about the U.S. economy during the company's earnings conference call and the message was clear: It's hard to chart tech spending right now.  —  HP reported a strong second quarter due …
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stampede!  Facebook Opens Its Profile Doors  —  This morning, Facebook is planning on showing a little leg to the press, throwing a “casual Open Door learn more about the upcoming New Profile Design.”  —  You know, the long expected renovation of main Facebook pages consumers use daily …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Another Way to Measure Electoral Clout: Watch the Widgets  —  Even though last night's big contests in Kentucky and Oregon ended in a split decision, with big wins for both Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, most pundits now agree on who is most likely to be the Democratic nominee …
Diane Bartz / eWeek:
Microsoft Loses U.S. Patent Suit vs Alcatel-Lucent  —  Microsoft had accused Alcatel-Lucent of infringing four patents for software in a system that integrates telephones with computers for calls, messages and videoconferences.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft lost a lawsuit …
Discussion: Electronista
Matthew Ogle /
Building the Next  —  Since 2002,'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
Christina Passariello / Wall Street Journal:
New Dior Phone Targets China, Russia  —  Luxury-Goods Retailer Seeks Brand-Hungry In Growing Markets  —  PARIS — French luxury-goods company Christian Dior SA Wednesday will unveil a line of mobile phones, extending beyond its traditional fashion business to boost sales …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Roku Netflix Player is the First Shot of the Revolution  —  In the small, generic plastic box that is the new Netflix Player made by Roku, I think you can see the future of video.  —  I'm not saying that this product itself is going to take the world by storm, even though …
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia says no plan to switch phones to Linux
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Home Office plans to create ‘Big brother’ …
Discussion: Engadget
Net downloads to get age ratings
Discussion: Mashable! and My Blog Posts
Schneier on Security:
Our Data, Ourselves  —  In the information age, we all have a data shadow.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
At Least 20 People Want to Pay $3000 for the 24-Carat Gold iPhone
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Friendster Launches New Mobile Site, the First in a Series …
Ina Fried / CNET
James Cameron: 3D heading beyond movies
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Providers, Can You Hear Us Now?
Discussion: CNET and WinExtra
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Robert Scoble Working on Show with Rev3
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Sheriff's deputies evict Red Herring from Belmont office
Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned
Discussion: All Points Blog