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3:51 AM ET, May 7, 2007

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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Hotmail launches; "Windows Live Mail" to succeed Outlook Express and Windows Mail  —  Microsoft just announced that Windows Live Hotmail is launching globally in 36 languages, double the number of languages offered by its predecessor MSN Hotmail.  You can read the press release here.
Discussion: Microsoft and Windows-Now.com
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Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
A fresh, faster Hotmail  —  Some 280 million Hotmail users are getting a brand-new in-box today.  If you're already using Hotmail, when you log in a green button should invite you to try the new service, while the beta tag disappears for testers  —  Voila, the new Windows Live Hotmail.
Discussion: Mashable!
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Switching Back  —  I have been using Mac OSX as my primary OS for almost a year now, but last night I switched back.  What spurred it is that my Mac OSX partition crashed and it wouldn't boot back into the OS - I used rescue tools and drive scanners but it appears that the partition just dissapeared.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Do standalone boxes have a chance?  —  Akimbo, the San Mateo, Calif.-based start-up, was one of the first to develop a new Internet video on demand box, betting that is content package service will benefit from the integrated hardware+service experience.  —  The company is throwing in the towel …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Akimbo Changes Course, Switches Off Boxes  —  Akimbo is discontinuing its hardware product line, and instead will focus on selling content services.  Starting tomorrow, Akimbo is no longer going to sell the box, and will offer discounts and refunds to some of the existing box owners.
Discussion: Engadget
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NBC lines up against YouTube in copyright case  —  NBC Universal and Viacom have come out against YouTube in a legal case that could help to determine whether the video-sharing site is culpable for copyright violations committed by users.  —  On Friday, NBC Universal and Viacom filed a request …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Sphere focuses search on time and connections  —  You may have noticed we have a Sphere link for every ZDNet blog post, which brings up a widget (below) that offers up related blogs posts and other articles.  It's part of our ongoing effort to surface relevant related content from both inside ZDNet and from across the Web.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
America: The Growing Digital Divide  —  A new study (pdf) published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that there is a growing digital divide across America.  —  John B. Horrigan's analysis of America's use of Web 2. and information and communications technology …
Discussion: TeleRead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Attack of the Advertising Widgets  —  Widgets are being turned into advertising delivery systems.  Their nature - rich media applicatons that are easy to build, customize and add to a site - also make them an attractive way to add advertising to small sites.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Comcast goes with Zimbra for new collaboration suite  —  Comcast plans to launch SmartZone, a major replacement for its current and uninspired consumer email service.  At the core of SmartZone is a new version of Zimbra's open source, brower-based collaborative suite that includes email, instant messaging and voice mail access.
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tech Investors Cull Start-Ups for Pentagon  —  The nation's military, in its search for the next surveillance system, bioterror vaccine or robot warrior, has decided to take a peek into the garage.  —  Through a program that recently emerged from an experimental phase …
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Wireless: For the rural poor, cellphones come calling  —  MUNDAWAR, Rajasthan: Camel-drawn carts, tractors and brightly clad women carrying shallow bowls of fuel and food on their heads usually dominate traffic in this northern Indian village.  —  But on Friday evening …
Discussion: textually.org
Matt / WordPress.com Blog:
Stats Plugin  —  People love their stats.  Here on WordPress.com, the most popular page in the dashboard after the home page is blog stats.  We now have a plugin that allows you to get WordPress.com stats no matter where you host your blog.  —  One of the biggest complaints we hear …
Stephane Dion / ClicZune:
Zune Announcement on Monday?  —  Ironically, iLounge is the one announcing a "rumor" about an event in Redmond on Monday for an announcement related to Zune.  We know something is coming soon.  We are just not sure how much we are going to have from this annoucement.
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Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
New Zune at Microsoft event on Monday?
Dorion Carroll / The Technorati Weblog:
Technorati Authority and Rank  —  On Fri.  May 4th, we updated Technorati.com to include the Technorati Authority for blogs listed on the Blog page and in search results.  This update changed the earlier references of "N blogs link here" and "X links from Y blogs" with the single Technorati Authority number.
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Matt / Photo Matt:
Technorati and Authority
Discussion: andreasviklund.com and LiewCF.com
 
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3lib.ukonline.co.uk:
The Carnival of the Mobilists #72
Discussion: mTrends
Todd Cochrane / Geek News Central:
Good and Bad RSS Syndication Practices
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
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 Earlier Items: 
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Did You Mean: "He Invented"?
Discussion: Data Mining
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone to launch June 15th?
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
The Web Disruptors at the Forbes Internet Forum in Cancun
Discussion: Scobleizer