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12:30 AM ET, May 8, 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 …
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.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Survey defines split in technology use  —  NEW YORK — A broad survey about the technology people have, how they use it, and what they think about it shatters assumptions and reveals where companies might be able to expand their audiences.  —  The Pew Internet and American Life Project found …
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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.
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
Mark Sullivan / Today @ PC World:
Could Ads Increase YouTube's Vulnerability to Suits?  —  The legal climate got a little cooler for Google and YouTube Friday.  —  When Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion last year, analysts worried that the popular viral video site would eventually become the target of copyright infringement lawsuits filed by big content owners.
Discussion: Epicenter and The Utube Blog
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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 …
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: DigiTimes, Joystiq and digg
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
CRITICAL MASS  —  Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.  —  On a blustery, overcast day early this year, P.R. representatives from Sprint and Samsung stopped by the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal to meet with the columnist Walter S. Mossberg.  The agenda was clear …
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.
 
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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
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
ongoing:
OpenID at Work  —  On both the Internet and behind the firewall …
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
Social Media Killed the Video News Release Star
 Earlier Items: 
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Journalists intend to sue HP over surveillance
Mac Slocum / E-Media Tidbits:
IntelliTXT Ads: Would You Run Them?
PC World:
10 Things We Love About Apple
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
OQO Model 02 HSDPA mod: Part 1
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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?
Discussion: Reuters and Boycott Novell
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