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12:20 PM ET, May 25, 2006

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Reuters:
Yahoo, eBay form Web advertising alliance  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (NasdaqNM:YHOO - News) and Web auctioneer eBay (NasdaqNM:EBAY - News) on Thursday announced a partnership designed to boost their position against Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - News) and Web search leader Google Inc. …
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Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Yahoo, EBay Announce Web Partnership  —  Yahoo and eBay, two giants of Internet commerce, announced a "strategic alliance" today clearly aimed at rivals Google and Microsoft in the ongoing war for billions of dollars in market share on the Worldwide Web.  —  The companies, in a joint statement …
Jonathan Berr / TheStreet.com:
Yahoo!, eBay in Search, Ad Pact  —  Yahoo! (YHOO:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) and eBay (EBAY:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take) cut an alliance Thursday to fight the growing threat posed by Google (GOOG:Nasdaq - commentary - research - Cramer's Take).
Associated Press:
Yahoo and eBay in multiyear partnership
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shows off JPEG rival  —  SEATTLE—If it is up to Microsoft, the omnipresent JPEG image format will be replaced by Windows Media Photo.  —  The software maker detailed the new image format Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here.
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microsoft.com:
Windows Media Photo Specification  —  Windows Media Photo is a new file format for continuous-tone still images that surpasses the limitations of existing image formats.  Windows Media Photo supports a wide range of features including:  —  Multiple color formats for display or print
Erling Ellingsen / Medallia Blog:
SmackBook Pro … I usually keep two 20" screens side by side on my desk, so I can code on one and test on the other.  I find I can work much faster if I can just make a change in Eclipse, and by the time I turn my head to the other screen, the tests have already run.
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
The Rise of Crowdsourcing … 1. The Professional  —  Claudia Menashe needed pictures of sick people.  A project director at the National Health Museum in Washington, DC, Menashe was putting together a series of interactive kiosks devoted to potential pandemics like the avian flu.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Michael Astor / Associated Press:
Google to shut down Orkut communities  —  RIO DE JANEIRO — Google (GOOG) said Wednesday that it has agreed to shut down some communities on its popular Orkut social networking site because the Brazilian government says they advocate violence and human rights violations.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MPAA accused of hiring a hacker  —  The Motion Picture Association of America hired a hacker to steal information from a company that the MPAA has accused of helping copyright violators, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.  —  The lawsuit (click for PDF), filed in U.S. District Court …
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and Techdirt
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft lays plans for 'Vistagami' tablets  —  With the first Origami devices out the door, Microsoft is setting its sights on the next generation of tiny tablet PCs—products known within the company as "Vistagami" devices.  —  The new minitablets are likely to resemble the first of the ultramobile PCs …
hosting.mansellgroup.net:
ABRY vs. Providence: The Resolution  —  Ever since ABRY Partners first sued Providence Equity Partners for financial fraud, I've felt that the case would be lose-lose for all involved.  Were ABRY to be vindicated by verdict, it still could have been considered a litigious firm that conducted lackluster due diligence.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro and SiliconBeat
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Early Testers Hit Vista Beta 2 Snags  —  The first testers managing to download Windows Vista 2 bits are reporting in.  They say it's not all smooth sailing, and are encountering everything from driver and app compatibility problems, to red-hot laptops.  —  SEATTLE - A day after Microsoft …
Aman Batheja / Dallas Star-Telegram:
Dell plans to open first store in Dallas  —  Dell will open its first store this summer, in Dallas, an experiment that could be a turning point in the history of the Round Rock-based computer maker.  —  The store, at NorthPark Center, will not carry inventory, Dell spokesman Venancio Figueroa said.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality fans pressure U.S. Senate  —  One day before Republicans plan a Senate hearing on a new telecommunications bill without Net neutrality regulations, backers of the concept have thrown their support behind a competing proposal with far more extensive federal rules.
 
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Chris Kraeuter / Forbes:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Pushing Back Vista—Again
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consumer.hardocp.com:
Dell Strikes Back  —  It seems as though Dell is reconfirming …
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Business Wire:
Plaxo Teams With JAJAH to Add Click to Call to Plaxo Smart Address Book
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Vonage IPO: A New Way To Piss Off Your Customers
Tanya Klowden / Infinite Loop:
Cooling your MacBook Pro may be easier than you think
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wine Lovers Now Have A Web 2.0 Site
Ross Rubin / Engadget:
Switched On: TiVo should be on Google's wish list
DomainNameWire / circleid.com:
New York Passing New Domain Name Law
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Who is the Mobile Gadgeteer?  —  I started using computers …
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Lilly Rockwell / Austin American-Statesman:
Starbucks downscales its Hear Music strategy
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Mash-ups, XML, and visualizing Flickr
Business Wire:
Hear The FUSIC(TM) by LG(R): Sprint and LG Electronics MobileComm …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft folds new features into mapping service
Sylvia Carr / CNET News.com:
Mozilla CEO: Why we're still shunned by corporate IT
Discussion: Open Sources
metro.co.uk:
Pupils perform 'alarming' feat