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5:50 PM ET, November 17, 2006


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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog to be Acquired by Yahoo!  —  In the second social media acquisition by Yahoo! story in the last 12 hours, news has emerged that Yahoo! has agreed to acquire MyBlogLog.  MyBlogLog is a blog community and analytics tool used here on TechCrunch (see sidebar) and many other blogs around the web.
Yahoo swoops in … Yahoo swoops in  —  Yahoo's back on the acquisition path.  In addition to the acquisition of Bix, the internet corp has agreed to buy MyBlogLog, a social network for weblog visitors, for about $10m.  The startup had been seeking venture funding, but attracted the attention …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buys Site for Staging Online Contests  —  Yahoo is acquiring, a site that allows users and advertisers to create, enter into and judge online contests.  The deal is an attempt by Yahoo to bolster its offerings in social media, an area where it has struggled to compete with sites like MySpace and YouTube.
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Yahoo goes on a startup shopping binge
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yes, it's true... I'm leaving AOL.  —  TechCrunch broke the story (less than two hours after I told everyone here), and the New York Times confirmed it with me by phone this afternoon.  —  I've got a lot to say, but I'm thinking that I'll just talk about it on the final episode of the Gillmor Gang podcast …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft  —  Microsoft CEO says Linux "uses our intellectual property"  —  In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.
Business Wire:
Hearst, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Pilot House Invest $10 Million in, the Leader in Social Media for Grown-Ups  —  Traditional Media Companies Move to Leverage Power of Social Media  —  BOSTON, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—™, the place for engaged …
Discussion: VentureBeat Wire
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Gather Brings in Bushels of Money
Associated Press:   McGraw-Hill, Hearst Invest in
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Movie Studios Sue to Stop Loading of DVDs onto iPods  —  The MPAA studios are at it again, snatching away our fair use rights, so they can sell them back to us for an "additional fee."  —  In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, Paramount Pictures v. Load 'N Go Video …
Cracked it!  —  Three million Britons have been issued with the new hi-tech passport, designed to frustrate terrorists and fraudsters.  So why did Steve Boggan and a friendly computer expert find it so easy to break the security codes?  —  Six months ago, with the help of a rather scary computer expert …
Ryan Naraine /
'Pump-and-Dump' Spam Surge Linked to Russian Bot Herders  —  The recent surge in e-mail spam hawking penny stocks and penis enlargement pills is the handiwork of Russian hackers running a botnet powered by tens of thousands of hijacked computers.  —  Internet security researchers …
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
Skype soft-launches Skype for Symbian  —  Runs on the Nokia N73  —  OBSCURED BY all the razzmatazz surrounding the launch of 3's X-Series handsets, is the fact that on December 1st when 3 goes live with its new service, there will be a version of Skype for Symbian.
Mike / Techdirt:
PS3 Line Insanity; Pregnant Woman Tries Not To Give Birth While Waiting  —  from the you-did-what-now?  dept  —  While there are still plenty of questions about how successful Sony's PS3 device will really be, don't tell that to the die hard fans who are taking lining up and waiting to an entirely new level.
Discussion: Engadget, Joystiq and digg
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Gamers line up for coveted PlayStation 3
Discussion: Associated Press, KMTR-TV and Kotaku
Marcus Kabel /
Edwards acknowledges staff asked Wal-Mart for Playstation 3  —  Last Updated:November 16.  —  Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards acknowledged Thursday that amid his criticism of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a volunteer member of his staff asked the world's largest retailer for help obtaining …
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku, and digg
Solar Powered Cellphone Prototype: Cloudy Locales Need Not Apply  —  Japan and South Korea get the coolest toys (I do believe that fact is codified in several international treaties) and this solar powered cellphone is but yet another example of this.  Originally likened to a mini Nintendo GameBoy SP …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digital World
IE+JavaScript Performance Recommendations Part 2: JavaScript Code Inefficiencies  —  Hello again, this is Peter Gurevich, Performance PM for IE.  We have gotten a lot of good feedback from our first post on IE + JavaScript Performance Recommendations so I am eager to hear what you think of our second installment.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs and Ajaxian
Chris Gilmer / Download Squad:
Google Maps adds click-to-call  —  Yesterday Google announced the introduction of a new click-to-call feature when searching in Google Maps.  This convenient addition lets users enter their phone number in the mapped location results, to have Google instantly connect them via telephone to the business they were looking for.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fleck Offers Zero Friction Web Annotation  —  Collaborative annotation of web pages is something many people are working on.  The newest entrant in the field, Fleck, is launching tonight at the TechCrunch party in New York.  The Fleck team hails from Amsterdam.
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Mike / Techdirt:
3 Realizes Its Customers Aren't Nuts; But Still Can't Let Go Of Full Control
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Apple Adds Low Resolution Digital Camera to iPhone
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fox Interactive Media President Ross Levinsohn to be Replaced by Peter Levinsohn
Discussion: PaidContent
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK & Ireland:
Is today the start of the Mobile Web.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Tech Digest
Alan Saracevic / The Technology Chronicles:
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Discussion: Techdirt
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Overview: reading RSS feeds in IE7 and Outlook 2007
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Tanja / Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta:
New Beta Build Available! (Build # 1172)
Steven Parker /
Microsoft Says Thankyou! to Select Vista Testers
Discussion: Download Squad