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11:55 AM ET, May 7, 2007

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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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Hotmail Debuts  —  Hotmail, perhaps the first major success of Web 1.0, has evolved.  —  Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows Live Hotmail globally in 36 languages, complete with AJAX goodness.  —  The new service has been built to be a vast improvement …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Hotmail launches; "Windows Live Mail" …
Elsa Wenzel / Webware.com:
A FRESH, FASTER HOTMAIL
Discussion: Mashable!
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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PR Newswire:
Dell Joins Microsoft and Novell Collaboration  —  Dell responds to customer demand for greater interoperability and intellectual property assurance between Windows and Linux.  —  REDMOND, Wash. and WALTHAM, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) …
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Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Business Week:
Dell signs on with Microsoft, Novell  —  Dell Inc. has agreed to work with Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. under an alliance the rival software makers formed last year to make it easier for the Windows operating system and the increasingly popular Linux system to work together, the companies said Sunday.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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.
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.
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."
Valleywag:
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, which had a quarrelsome …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Fear of Google  —  Yesterday, during his speech at the Forbes shindig I attended, Geoff Ramsey, CEO of eMarketer's funniest remark was when he told us that the "Fear of Google" was so prevelent that it even had a three-letter acronymn: FOG.  —  Anyway, I've been hearing more and more about FOG …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Reality Check for Newspapers  —  In Pursuing Google, Belgian Publishing Group  —  Dreams of Vanished Past for Content Creators  —  An association of Belgian newspaper publishers is at war with Google over the search-engine giant's linking to local newspapers' articles …
Discussion: The Media Age
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
Book Not Ready for Print?  You Can Whip Up an Audiobook for a Podcast for Now  —  When you are a budding author and you appear on television, it is sure to enhance book sales.  —  But what do you do if your book is not even written, never mind in stores?  —  For Mignon Fogarty …
Discussion: TeleRead and thoughtsignals
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Silverlight Poll Results: Majority Impressed, But Not a Flash Killer Yet  —  Last week's Read/WriteWeb poll asked what you thought of Silverlight, Microsoft's newly improved rich internet app plug-in that was launched to (unusually) rave blog reviews at MIX on Monday.
Ouriel Ohayon / MYBLOG by Ouriel:
LGiLab invests in OutBrain and Timeless Cities  —  Today we are announcing two new investments with the Internet Lab of LightSpeed and Gemini.  Number 3 and Number 4.  —  The news just broke on TheMarker by Raphael Fogel (website and newspaper).  —  Unfortunately there are some imprecisions i will try to highlight here.
Discussion: Mashable! and alarm:clock
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NAA: Newmark: Craigslist's Contribution To Newspaper Woes Is Exaggerated  —  Work in progress.  I'm at the Marriott Marquis for the NAA National Convention in a fairly quiet ballroom full of people in the publishing business still trying to figure out Craig Newmark.
Sunday Times:
Name and shame offensive bloggers  —  If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Fred Khumalo and I should feel very flattered indeed.  —  Every day there are 120000 new blog sites registered — a staggering 43 million a year.  According to blog search engine Technorati …
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
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Engadget
 
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David Einstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
COMPUTING Q&A  —  Securing network is worth the effort
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2007 Web Analytics Shootout - Interim Report
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Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty
Discussion: digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blame for record-breaking credit card data theft laid at the feet of WEP
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Journalists Intend to Sue Hewlett-Packard Over Surveillance
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
HP screws Presario buyers
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Yahoo untangles licensing web for lyrics service
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HP Compaq 2710p tablet PC coming in July?
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Obscure mobile company Mig33 grows quickly, raises $10M
Discussion: Mashable! and rexduffdixon.com
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Alexa Traffic Charts Now Include Advertising
New York Times:
About.com Buys ConsumerSearch.com
Heather Timmons / International Herald Tribune:
Wireless: For the rural poor, cellphones come calling
Discussion: textually.org
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Sphere focuses search on time and connections
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Attack of the Advertising Widgets
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
America: The Growing Digital Divide
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tech Investors Cull Start-Ups for Pentagon
Discussion: CenterNetworks