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3:25 PM ET, May 14, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Attention Wal-Mart customers, Skype now in aisle voice  —  Wal-Mart is going to start selling nine Skype-certified hardware devices (and by extension the Skype service) in 1800 (or roughly half) of its stores.  The deal also includes Skype pre-paid cards.  Wal-Mart is the first retailer …
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USA Today:
Wal-Mart pumps up the volume on electronics  —  Wal-Mart will expand its selection of electronics products today, a move sure to ignite more competition in the battle for market share in that retail segment.  —  "This is not good news for other people and is great news for Wal-Mart," …
Business Wire:
Skype and Wal-Mart Partner to Bring Internet Communications to the Masses  —  Skype Certified Hardware and Pre-Paid Cards for Skype Now Available in 1,800 U.S. Wal-Mart Stores  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Skype, the leading Internet communications company, today announced …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Skype, Wal-Mart strike retail deal
Discussion: Macsimum News
Brooks Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Can CBS Put the Net Into Network?  —  Broadcaster Launches Plan  —  Syndicating Shows on Web,  —  Admits Old Strategy Failed  —  A year ago, CBS Corp. announced the creation of Innertube, an entertainment channel on CBS.com designed to make the company a player in online video.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Smartest media quote of the year
Jossip:
CBS News Acquiring Wallstrip, New Headache in Eeking Out Online Profits  —  Wallstrip - the Wall Street web video program featuring Lindsay Campbell trying to make the Nasdaq hilarious - is being snapped up by CBS News, we're told, for something in the $5 million range.
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Fred / A VC:
Getting The Story Straight
Discussion: paidContent.org and ben barren
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CBS Acquires WallStrip for $5 million
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
GPLv3 the impetus for Microsoft's latest Linux attack campaign  —  With one stroke, Microsoft has ended any illusion that it planned to try to build bridges with the open-source community.  And it appears the primary reason for Microsoft's decision to go back on the public attack against Linux …
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DigiTimes:
LG.Philips LCD claims first flexible color A4-size e-paper  —  LG.Philips LCD announced yesterday it has developed the world's first 14.1-inch flexible color electronic paper (e-paper) display, equivalent in size to an A4 sheet of paper.  This is a second breakthrough in e-paper for LG.Philips LCD …
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The Age:
First A4 colour e-paper unfurled
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab, Forbes, Slashdot and digg
Associated Press:
Military puts MySpace, other sites off limits … DENVER, Colorado (AP) — Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.
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Stars & Stripes:
DOD blocking YouTube, others  —  To save bandwidth, officials say several sites to be off-limits at work  —  Starting Monday, the Defense Department will block access to MySpace, YouTube and a host of other sites on official department computers worldwide, in an effort to boost its network efficiency.
enthusiast.hardocp.com:
ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT  —  ATI's DirectX 10 capable GPU is finally here in the form of the Radeon HD 2900 XT.  Does this $399 video card have what it takes to compete with NVIDIA's 8800 series?  We explore the architecture, image quality, and real world gaming that shows a different experience than canned benchmarks.
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Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
After a long wait, ATI's next-gen 3D cards arrive
Discussion: The Tech Report and Macsimum News
Digital Photography Review:
Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com  —  We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the worlds leading online retailer, Amazon.com.  Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple iPhones on eBay for $1,000 to $10,000  —  A bidding war has broken out on eBay for Apple (AAPL) iPhones.  —  Prices for at least two of the $500-$600 devices have been driven past the $1,000 mark.  One sale that closes today had 38 bids as of this morning.  Last best offer: $1,025 plus $10 shipping.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Understanding Apollo  —  During my recent visit to the US, I popped into the Adobe office in San Francisco to find out more about Apollo - the company's new RIA (Rich Internet Application) runtime and development platform.  I sat down with Mike Chambers - Apollo Senior Product Manager …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
DaniWeb IT Discussion Community:
Battle of the botnets  —  Tech Talk - For the average user spam has always been an annoyance.  For the average spammer it has always been about making money.  For the criminal gangs that have muscled in on this lucrative industry during the last few years it is now about territory and control.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iTunes-like video services have no future: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online video sites that sell shows and movies such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes will likely peak this year as more programming is made available on free outlets supported by advertising, according to a study released on Monday.
BBC:
Web 2.0 'distracts good design'  —  Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen has said.  —  He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.  —  He said sites peppered …
Discussion: i-boy, Slashdot and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google v. Yahoo: Who Cares The Most About The Environment?  —  SouthPark dedicated an entire episode to the smugness of hybrid car drivers and San Francisco residents in general.  The episode is funny because its largely true - Silicon Valley is well known for having a left-leaning …
Clive Thompson / New York Times:
Sex, Drugs and Updating Your Blog  —  Jonathan Coulton sat in Gorilla Coffee in Brooklyn, his Apple PowerBook open before him, and began slogging through the day's e-mail.  Coulton is 36 and shaggily handsome.  In September 2005, he quit his job as a computer programmer and …
 
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Business Wire:
ScanScout Secures $7 Million in Series A Financing
Michael Totty / Wall Street Journal:
How to Be a Star in a YouTube World
Stephanie N. Mehta / Fortune:
Dialing in to the iPhone bonanza
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
When Google Goes Temporarily Insane
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Trend sees cell phone only use growing
Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobileCrunch
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Emoticons carry cultural baggage
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
User Generated Content Is About Efficiency And Growth, Not Exploitation
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Zeigler / The Bivings Report:
Washington Post Launches Social Networking Component
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Source: Apple may build 3G wireless into future notebook model
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
Help Key: The Essential Guide to Piracy
Discussion: Gizmodo and p2pnet
Guardian:
Google may use games to analyse net users
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Kotaku
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Trying to Keep the Viewers When the Ads Come On
Discussion: Todd Watson and i-boy
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Microsoft's (Beta!) VoIP Device Blitz
Computerworld:
Cell Phones Now Helping to Guide the Blind