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2:45 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  —  UPDATE: See also MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events  —  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.
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 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.
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
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Legal troubles mount for YouTube
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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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.
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
Gizmodo:
Linux Love Triangle: Dell and Microsoft Are Lovin' the Linux  —  All of this recent Linux news sounds like a Telemundo soap opera.  Last November, Microsoft pledged support—if not undying amor—for Novell's Suse Linux platform.  A week ago, Dell responded to pressure from its customers …
Discussion: Business Week and Slashdot
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
NY Post gloats over Microsoft-Yahoo 'scoop'
Discussion: The Webpreneur
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Will the last top developer out of Novell please turn off the lights?
Discussion: Press Releases
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
CRITICAL MASS  —  Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Alexa Puts Nail in Statsaholic Coffin?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Venzero mini DAP rips the name, does its own thing
Discussion: Crave
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Dell plan aids Novell effort with Microsoft
David Einstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
COMPUTING Q&A  —  Securing network is worth the effort
Discussion: All Points Blog
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NAA: Newmark: Craigslist's Contribution To Newspaper Woes Is Exaggerated
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Beam It Down From the Web, Scotty
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Reality Check for Newspapers
Discussion: The Media Age
Sunday Times:
Name and shame offensive bloggers
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Hollywood Loves the Tiny Screen. Advertisers Don't.
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 …