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6:55 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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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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Fox Interactive Nears Deal to Buy Photobucket  —  Photobucket, a four-year-old, rapidly growing Web company, is in advanced talks to be acquired by Fox Interactive Media, a division of the News Corporation, a person briefed on the negotiations said Monday.  —  Photobucket allows its users …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Valleywag:
Exclusive: Photobucket goes to Myspace
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:   MySpace and Photobucket: Timeline of Events
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Is the Web half full or half empty?  —  Lots of chat out there about the latest Pew study into how people use the Interweb.  These studies are useful in part because the Pew Internet & American Life Project does such a thorough job with them — you know they weren't cooked up by marketing types to sell more banner ads.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Survey defines split in technology use
Discussion: Techdirt
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Web 2.0? Nearly Half Just Say No
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Pew survey shows VoIP has a lot to do to reach the mass market
Discussion: VoIP Now
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Web 2.0 Audience in Mirror May Be Smaller Than It Appears
Discussion: KVUE News
Dwight / TechBlog:   Sorry, geeks, but you're definitely in the minority
ongoing:
OpenID at Work  —  On both the Internet and behind the firewall, the identity problem gets uglier every year.  How many passwords do you have?  If you're in IT, how much pain do you go through getting your all your apps to share a notion of who someone is?
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Phil Windley's Technometria:
Sun Supports OpenID and Opens the Question of Reputation  —  Sun announced (or at least Tim did) that Sun's supporting OpenID at openid.sun.com.  Sun has taken the additional step of stating that only Sun employees will have IDs there.  So, if someone presents an OpenID with a base domain of openid.sun.com …
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Top 15 Web 2.0 Startups in Europe?  —  Here is the list of the top 15 European Web 2.0 projects, which will be presented next Thursday in Madrid.  The information below was provided to me by the organizers:  —  Panoramio.com (http://www.panoramio.com): Photo-sharing of geolocated photos.
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hot or Not Tears Itself Apart, Reinvents  —  When James Hong and Jim Young founded HotorNot in October, 2000, they had no real plans for the service to be anything other than a fun site for a few friends.  They turned a free low end computer they received for setting up an etrade account into a web server …
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.
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write  —  While most newspapers are trying to stake bigger claims online, one new publication is pulling material off the Internet to be printed in ink.  —  John Wilpers, editor in chief of BostonNow, a free weekday daily introduced last month …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ShareOffice Launches - Open Standards Based Web Office Suite  —  At the Software 2007 conference on Tuesday in San Jose CA, on-demand document management provider ShareMethods will announce the launch of an open standards Web Office suite called ShareOffice.  The company says it is the world's first open standards online office suite.
Discussion: StartupSquad.com
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun's JavaFX to take on AJAX, Silverlight  —  JavaFX, which covers Java development in desktops and mobile devices as well as online, is Sun's latest push into the rich Internet apps world  —  Sun will detail a plan Tuesday that could make Java a formidable player in the scripting language space.
 
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Newspaper Association of America:
NEWSPAPER WEB SITE AUDIENCE GROWING AT NEARLY TWICE THE RATE …
Nokia:
Forum Nokia introduces Series 40 platform 5th Edition for mobile …
Discussion: Ring Nokia and Phone Scoop
Ashwin Navin / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The P2P mistake at Ohio University
Discussion: Bit Player and TorrentFreak
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
ThinkFree to Add Flickr Style Community Features
Discussion: Webware.com
Dan Warne / APC:
Mozilla CEO speaks out on future of Firefox
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New bill to give bloggers same shield law protection as journalists
Discussion: Social Media
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Design your own interactive ads, start-up says
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Smartphones to get mobile flavor of Ubuntu Linux
Discussion: PC World
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Chevy Volt heads into GM's production pipeline
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
FACEBOOK MUSIC TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS MONTH
Macenstein:
They Might Be Giants' new album "The Else" to be iTunes exclusive
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo: Forget About Microsoft; Maybe Google Should Make A Bid …
Discussion: Techdirt and Valleywag
Think Secret:
iPod update Tuesday?
PC World:
10 Things We Love About Apple
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
OQO Model 02 HSDPA mod: Part 1
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
CRITICAL MASS  —  Everyone listens to Walter Mossberg.