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2:30 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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Breaking: Photobucket Acquired By MySpace  —  It's the deal you never thought would happen: MySpace acquiring Photobucket, the "parasite" that fed off MySpace traffic and hosted a massive number of MySpace photos.  There's no word on whether the $300M price tag, which Photobucket was being shopped around for, was met.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MySpace + Photobucket makes sense to me
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Froosh / HipMojo.com:   Did MySpace Just Swallow Photobucket (Updated)
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 …
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
It's Here and the Fun Has Only Just Begun
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Hotmail launches; "Windows Live Mail" …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Hotmail Debuts
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
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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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 …
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Vinny Lingham / Vinny Lingham's Blog:
Offline Print Journalist calls Bloggers "Wackos who gun down their fellow students"
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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
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
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Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:   Dell plan aids Novell effort with Microsoft
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.
Business Wire:
Superpages.com Unveils New Local Search Experience with Extreme Makeover  —  Makeover Includes Redesigned Homepage, Incorporating Local City-Specific Skylines and More Local Content Relevant to Users  —  DALLAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Superpages.com®, a service of Idearc Media Corp. …
Discussion: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Blame for record-breaking credit card data theft laid at the feet of WEP  —  New details have emerged about what has become the largest consumer data theft to date.  TJX, parent company of discount retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, disclosed in a regulatory filing in late March that hackers …
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Washington Post:
Social Insecurity Numbers
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA "extortion": why the only RICO they fear is Suave  —  Since launching its legal campaign against those it suspects of file-sharing, the RIAA has been called any number of nasty things.  Some commentators have gone so far as to call its onslaught of lawsuits an exercise in extortion.
Discussion: Epicenter and Slashdot
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 …
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."
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 …
 
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
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Michael / Apple Gazette:
Apple's Pippin named Worst Selling Console of All Time
Discussion: PC World and Macsimum News
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Business Wire:
Samsung Unveils the Q1 Ultra, the Next Stage in the Evolution …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NAA: Newmark: Craigslist's Contribution To Newspaper Woes Is Exaggerated
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Journalists Intend to Sue Hewlett-Packard Over Surveillance
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Reality Check for Newspapers
Discussion: The Media Age
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Silverlight Poll Results: Majority Impressed, But Not a Flash Killer Yet
New York Times:
About.com Buys ConsumerSearch.com
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
Switching Back  —  I have been using Mac OSX as my primary OS …