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5:00 PM ET, May 7, 2007

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Valleywag:
Exclusive: Photobucket goes to Myspace  —  Like a squabbling couple finally realizing they can't live without eachother — or a parasite fusing with its host — Photobucket has concluded terms of a sale to Myspace, News Corporation's social network.  The photo sharing service …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: MySpace To Acquire Photobucket For $250 Million  —  Apparently an overzealous Photobucket employee is the source of this rumor, but we've confirmed it with more senior people: MySpace is acquiring Photobucket for $250 million in cash.  We're hearing that there is also an earn-out for up to an additional $50 million.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: Photobucket Acquired By MySpace (Update: Confirmed)  —  UPDATE: See also MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events  —  UPDATE 2: upgrading this from rumor to fact.  Price is in the range of the $300 million PB was looking for.  —  It's the deal you never thought would happen …
Discussion: 606Tech, Online Media Cultist and digg
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MySpace + Photobucket makes sense to me  —  Given the source, we should probably take this with a rather large container of salt, but Valleywag says that Photobucket is about to be acquired by MySpace.  Rumour or not, this makes a lot of sense to me — a whole lot more sense than Microsoft and Yahoo, last week's favourite rumour.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Did MySpace just buy Photobucket?
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events
Froosh / HipMojo.com:   Did MySpace Just Swallow Photobucket (Updated 2)
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Hotmail Worldwide  —  Built from the ground up, the new Windows Live Hotmail is now safer, more powerful and available virtually anywhere.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live™ Hotmail®, the successor to MSN® Hotmail, is launching globally in 36 languages.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Microsoft had been tinkering with Windows Live Mail for months, but testers still weren't happy.  —  The program was too slow to load, too different and, well, just not like the old Hotmail it was intended to replace.  —  It was a painful realization for the more than 100 managers and developers on the project.
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It's Here and the Fun Has Only Just Begun
shahine.com/omar:   And we've shipped  —  Back when I shipped versions of Mac Office …
Business Wire:
Samsung Unveils the Q1 Ultra, the Next Stage in the Evolution of Ultra Mobile Personal Computing  —  Increased Battery Life and Advanced Features in a Smaller, More Portable Form Factor  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a global leader in digital media …
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Rob Bushway / GottaBeMobile.com:
Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC Specs and Pricing
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and CrunchGear
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
NBC Universal sides against YouTube in piracy suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - NBC Universal is taking sides with fellow media conglomerate Viacom Inc. over a piracy lawsuit filed against Google Inc.'s online video sharing site YouTube, according to papers filed in court.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
A Chat with Aaron Swartz  —  Aaron Swartz, now in his early twenties, rose to internet fame as technology whiz kid a couple of years ago, working on such things as W3C standards or the Creative Commons.  He was also blogger behind the very successful Google Weblog.
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew Research: 'Web 2.0' Crowd A Small Minority  —  The Pew Internet & American Life Project just released the findings of a new survey of 4,001 U.S. adults that segments Americans into a range of groups based on usage of and attitudes toward the Internet and mobile phones.
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benedelman.org:
How Spyware-Driven Forced Visits Inflate Web Site Traffic Counts  —  The usual motive for buying spyware popup traffic is simple: Showing ads.  Cover Netflix's site with an ad for Blockbuster, and users may buy from Blockbuster instead.  Same for other spyware advertisers.
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Dell plan aids Novell effort with Microsoft  —  Linux, Windows will both work on servers  —  The controversial alliance between Microsoft Corp. and Linux software vendor Novell Inc. has a new member: computer maker Dell Inc.  —  Dell will disclose today that it will team up with Novell …
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Mark Ward / BBC:
Beating Warcraft at its own game  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  With more than eight million subscribers, World of Warcraft dominates the online gaming market but some strong rivals are gearing up to take it on.  —  Gaute Godoger, game director at Funcom …
Discussion: WOW Insider and Slashdot
New York Times:
About.com Buys ConsumerSearch.com  —  About.com, a Web information service owned by The New York Times Company, plans to announce today that it has bought ConsumerSearch.com, a Web site that compiles reviews of consumer products, for $33 million in cash.  —  ConsumerSearch.com provides thousands …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Loves the Tiny Screen.  Advertisers Don't.  —  Superman has the power to leap tall buildings.  But leaping onto a cellphone screen is proving a little trickier.  —  Warner Brothers recently created a six-episode series of short videos for mobile devices based on the popular Superman television show, "Smallville."
 
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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