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4:50 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
Jonathan Berr / TheStreet.com:   Yahoo!, eBay in Search, Ad Pact
Associated Press:
Yahoo and eBay in multiyear partnership
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.
CNET News.com:
House panel votes for Net neutrality  —  WASHINGTON—A bill that seeks to prevent broadband providers from offering an exclusive high-speed lane for video and other services has taken a step closer to becoming law.  —  By a 20-13 vote Thursday that partially followed party lines …
Microsoft:
MSN Spaces Now Largest Blogging Service Worldwide  —  comScore Media Metrix rankings show more than 100 million unique visitors connected with each other through Microsoft's MSN Spaces in April.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 24, 2006 — MSN® Spaces is the most widely used blogging service worldwide …
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: RIAA's next moves in Washington  —  It must be a good time to be at the helm of the Recording Industry Association of America.  —  The RIAA, the primary trade association for the American recording industry with a $27.7 million annual budget, is enjoying a string of recent political and legal victories.
Discussion: Techdirt and Geek News Central …
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 …
Tom Raftery / Tom Raftery's I.T. views:
O'Reilly trademarks "Web 2.0″ and sets lawyers on IT@Cork!  —  IT@Cork is a not-for-profit networking organisation for IT professionals.  IT@Cork organises regular information and networking events which are free for its members.  —  One of these events - the upcoming Web 2. half …
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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Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
Cablevision sued over planned DVR service  —  MAY. 25 12:29 A.M. ET Hollywood studios and TV networks are asking a federal court to stop a video recording service that Cablevision Systems Corp. planned to start offering next month.  —  The companies sued Cablevision, the nation's sixth …
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.
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog
hitwise.com:
Hitwise Data Shows Overall Visits to Video Search Sites Up 164%  —  New York, May 24, 2006 -According to Hitwise, the leading online competitive intelligence service, the market share of Internet visits to the 10 leading online video sites has increased by 164 percent in the past three months …
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Review: Sony Vaio VGN-UX50 handheld PC  —  It's rare that a new product causes as much of a buzz as that surrounding Sony's take on the UMPC that was announced here in Tokyo on May 16.  Looking at the VGN-UX50 handheld PC in the flesh, as we have been doing for the last week, makes it easy to understand at least a little of the hype.
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and jkOnTheRun
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SightSpeed 5.0 beta adds new video codec  —  SightSpeed released a beta download of its 5.0 version (it's confusingly labeled version 4.6) of its IP video and voice service last night, with a bunch of new features, listed below.  The highlight of the beta is a new codec that improves video clarity and resolution.
Discussion: 21talks and VoIP Watch
Gert Stahl / G-Stahl.com:
MacBook's vent blocked  —  This is either the most self-explanatory observation or something Apple's production process has overlooked.  In the first case I hope you forgive me:)  —  Just as many other MacBooks, mine got really hot and that got me a bit concerned.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

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Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

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