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9:10 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Was A Steal v. Google/YouTube  —  By almost any measure, MySpace got Photobucket for an absolute steal when compared to the Google YouTube deal.  The companies are somewhat comparable - both have very large libraries of user-created videos, and both built their business on the back of MySpace.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   MySpace + Photobucket makes sense to me
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did MySpace just buy Photobucket?
Discussion: Digital Daily
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events
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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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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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
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.
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo: Forget About Microsoft; Maybe Google Should Make A Bid; or eBay; or Comcast; or...  The reports that Microsoft (MSFT) might acquire Yahoo (YHOO) have faded, but the Street is still mulling over the possibilities.  J.P. Morgan's Imran Khan, for instance, makes the eye-opening suggestion that …
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
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.
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.
Think Secret:
iPod update Tuesday?  —  An unconfirmed tip points to the possibility of an iPod update as early as tomorrow, with a touch-screen iPod taking center stage.  —  The information, which comes from an unproven source, suggests that Apple will show off the new iPod tomorrow but will hold off …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
You Can Own an Integer Too — Get Yours Here  —  Remember last week's kerfuffle over whether the movie industry could own random 128-bit numbers?  (If not, here's some background: 1, 2, 3)  —  Now, thanks to our newly developed VirtualLandGrab technology, you can own a 128-bit integer of your very own.
Discussion: Boing Boing, Memex 1.1 and FurdLog
Ken Fisher / Opposable Thumbs:
Blu-ray laser shortage ending; PS3 price cuts should follow  —  Taiwan-based makers of game consoles and components say that the coming end of Blu-ray laser packaging shortages should result in a PlayStation 3 price cut, perhaps as much as $100.  —  According to DigiTimes, Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor …
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
PC World:
10 Things We Love About Apple  —  Great design, a polished OS, a way to run Windows, and a faker's blog are just a few of our favorite things.  —  Narasu Rebbapragada and Alan Stafford, PC World  —  In a world where generic MP3 players are sold alongside Chia Pets in every Wal-Mart …
 
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Mark Ward / BBC:
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