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7:40 PM ET, May 23, 2008


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Book search winding down  —  Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week.  Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
Microsoft shuts down book search
Discussion: Techdirt
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Update Your Profile From More Websites  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about the new ability to import stories into your Mini-Feed from other sites.  Since then, we've been working on increasing the number of sites that work with this feature.  We're happy to report that now …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your feed — moving in on FriendFeed?  —  Facebook continues to inch closer to competing with FriendFeed.  Today the social network announced eight more services that you can import into the Mini-Feed on your profile.
Discussion: CNET
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9  —  Thursday was a red-letter day for 3G iPhone rumors.  On Wall St., the “rumor of a rumor” of an iPhone delay was enough to drive Apple (AAPL) share prices down 5 points in midafternoon trading.  Meanwhile, a dozen subway stops to the north …
GameStop to Stop Zune Sales  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) GME MSFT  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft'sMSFT Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Zune Now Eligible for Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Discussion: Valleywag
New 3G Apple iPhone in U.S., Canada, Suggests Customs Data  —  Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests.  —  With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
Dave / Tech, Startups, Capital, Ideas:
Why Startups Fail … In the case of the startup in a hot sector that means how fast do you make critical decisions, hire key personnel, and manage limited resources.  If, on average, you're slower or less efficient than your competitors, you're very likely burning more cash than they are as well.
Discussion: and
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
How “Why Startups Fail” Fails
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Rumor: Tablet Mac coming this fall (updated 2x)  —  I don't often publish first hand rumors, but today I've something special for you, if you like tablets that is.  —  A little birdy tells me that Apple will announce a 12 or 13-inch tablet in the fall of this year.  Most likely in the September or October time frame.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, LoopRumors and TG Daily
Arn / MacRumors:   Tablet Mac Coming in Fall 2008?
Royal Pingdom:
Smart and funny use of Google Adwords  —  Text ads can be smart, funny, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious when they show up in the wrong context.  —  David, our web designer and marketing maestro here at Pingdom was surfing the web last night and put together a list of really funny and original text ads from Google Adwords.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software  —  A federal district judge in Washington State handed down an important decision this week on shrink-wrap license agreements and the First Sale Doctrine.  The case concerned an eBay merchant named Timothy Vernor who has repeatedly locked horns …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines  —  Hollywood has been granted another victory in its war against piracy, this time at the expense of two linking sites that the Motion Picture Association of America believes profited from enabling copyright infringement.
Discussion: TechSpot and WebProNews
Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing  —  EVEN when the sky is blue over Quincy, clouds hang in the air.  The small town in the centre of the state of Washington is home to half a dozen huge warehouses that power the global “computing clouds” …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction  —  Yesterday saw Barry Gitarts convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.  —  Gitarts, aged 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y, previously operated under the alias ‘Dextro’ within …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Gates Factor  —  Sure, Microsoft and Yahoo are talking this weekend and they are talking about a lot of configurations of a revived deal to merge the companies together in some way that makes all parties happy.  —  But make no mistake: It is Yahoo (YHOO) pushing the one-price-buys-all idea …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Touch Dual finally coming to Best Buy this weekend  —  The long wait is over.  HTC and Best Buy are finally getting ready to make the North American version of the HTC Touch Dual available to U.S. customers.  The handset will be on sale at Best Buy retail locations, on the Best Buy website …
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