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2:35 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
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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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.
Discussion: Ben Metcalfe Blog
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Nintendo Forecasts Annual Profit Drop on Stronger Yen (Update2)  —  May 25 (Bloomberg) — Nintendo Co., the world's biggest maker of handheld video-game players, said profit will fall 34 percent this fiscal year as a stronger yen cuts the value of overseas assets and curbs gains from the sale of new consoles.
Discussion: Joystiq and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Reuters:
Sprint eyes media options, talks to Sling Media  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp. is talking to media technology developer Sling Media Inc. and other companies to help it make its mobile entertainment services more appealing, an executive said on Wednesday.
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Zatz Not Funny and LawGeek
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
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 …
 
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