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11:25 PM ET, May 7, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   MySpace + Photobucket makes sense to me
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did MySpace just buy Photobucket?
Discussion: Digital Daily
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.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Record shops: Used CDs?  Ihre papieren, bitte!  —  There are a few things lawmakers have decided really ought to be handled with the "care and oversight" that only the government can provide: e.g., tax collection, radioactive materials, biohazards, guns, and CDs.  CDs?
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
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
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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Mark Sullivan / Today @ PC World:
Could Ads Increase YouTube's Vulnerability to Suits?
Discussion: The Utube Blog and Epicenter
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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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.
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
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.
DigiTimes:
Production cost of PS3 could be cut by US$100  —  As blue-laser pick-up heads (PUHs) for use in the PlayStation 3 (PS3) are expected to increase in supply and decrease in price, the production cost of the game console could be reduced by as much as US$100, according to Taiwan-based makers of game consoles and components.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, 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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Design your own interactive ads, start-up says
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Smartphones to get mobile flavor of Ubuntu Linux
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Chevy Volt heads into GM's production pipeline
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
FACEBOOK MUSIC TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS MONTH
Discussion: Mashable! and digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Washington Watch goes wiki, incurs wrath of Library of Congress
Macenstein:
They Might Be Giants' new album "The Else" to be iTunes exclusive
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OpenID at Work  —  On both the Internet and behind the firewall …
Mac Slocum / E-Media Tidbits:
IntelliTXT Ads: Would You Run Them?
 Earlier Items: 
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
OQO Model 02 HSDPA mod: Part 1
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Alex Nicholson / Associated Press:
Russian principal guilty in software piracy case
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Will the last top developer out of Novell please turn off the lights?
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
CRITICAL MASS  —  Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Beating Warcraft at its own game
Discussion: WOW Insider and Slashdot
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA "extortion": why the only RICO they fear is Suave
Discussion: Epicenter and Slashdot
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NAA: Newmark: Craigslist's Contribution To Newspaper Woes Is Exaggerated
Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
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