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10:10 AM ET, May 8, 2007

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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
Dwight / TechBlog:
Sorry, geeks, but you're definitely in the minority
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Sun tries again with consumer-flavored Java  —  Sun Microsystems on Tuesday will introduce a friendlier way to write Java applications for consumer devices, an attempt to fulfill Java's potential and stake a greater claim in the next generation of Web applications.
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.
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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
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.
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Ad-Supported VOD From ABC/ESPN Launching on Cox; Ad Skipping Disabled  —  Also to be announced at the Cable Show on Tuesday: Disney's two big TV networks, ABC and ESPN, are launching free, ad-supported VOD of hit shows and football games on cable operator Cox Communications' service …
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Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
ABC, Cox Bar Ad Skipping in Video on Demand
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
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Me.com Launches A Ning Competitor  —  me.com is a service that lets you essentially build your own MySpace.  They're launching their SNAPP program today, which will power their online communities.  —  me.com has been around for a couple of years now, but they've only just launched a free service for the creation of your own networks.
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 …
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
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: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, Slashdot and digg
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.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Some updates from Google Finance  —  Earnings season is one of the busiest times in the world of finance.  There's barely enough time to join an earnings call if you are combing through all the latest news and quarterly statements.  Today, we're adding content on these events content so you never have to miss an earnings call again.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono developers to bring Silverlight to Linux
Discussion: digg
Computerworld:
IRS wants data on users from Internet firms
Discussion: RSS and digg
DesktopLinux.com:
Who are the Linux desktop users?
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and digg
WebWire:
Warner Bros. Television Group Joins Joost
James Thomas / CenterNetworks:
My life without Google
Discussion: Library Stuff and digg
Newspaper Association of America:
NEWSPAPER WEB SITE AUDIENCE GROWING AT NEARLY TWICE THE RATE …
Ashwin Navin / CNET News.com:
Perspective: The P2P mistake at Ohio University
Discussion: Bit Player and TorrentFreak
Luke Jerod Kummer / New York Times:
A Boston Newspaper Prints What the Local Bloggers Write
 Earlier Items: 
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
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Rock the Cash Box?
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Chevy Volt heads into GM's production pipeline
Nick ONeill / The Webpreneur:
FACEBOOK MUSIC TO BE ANNOUNCED THIS MONTH
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo: Forget About Microsoft; Maybe Google Should Make A Bid …
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
You Can Own an Integer Too — Get Yours Here