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5:45 AM ET, May 20, 2007

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Iain Dey / Telegraph:
Yahoo may net Bebo owners $1bn  —  Yahoo is rumoured to be working on an attempted takeover of Bebo, Britain's most popular social networking site, which could turn its British-born founder into the next internet billionaire.  —  Michael Birch founded the site with his American wife, Xochi, in 2005.
Discussion: parislemon and paidContent.org
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Rumored $1 billion Talks With Bebo  —  Rumors about social networking site Bebo being for sale come up every few months.  First it was British Telecom for $550 million in July 2006 (we started that one), then the Financial Times reported they were in talks with Viacom a month later.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Yahoo In Talks To Buy Bebo for $1 Billion (Rumor)  —  A huge rumor is floating around the UK this weekend, topped off with articles in the British Sunday papers: Yahoo is said to be in talks with Bebo about a $1 billion acquisition.  —  The site, launched in 2005, has been the source …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chronicle to cut 25% of jobs in newsroom  —  To cut costs and try to adapt to a changing media marketplace, The Chronicle will trim 25 percent of its newsroom staff by the end of the summer.  —  "This is one of the biggest one-time hits we've heard about anywhere in the country," …
Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
Intuit's blow out quarter  —  Intuit's blow out quarter  —  Intuit surprised everyone except Stock Market Beat with revenues and operating income up 21%.  CEO Steve Bennett was in upbeat mood: … Intuit upped its revenue guidance for the year by a handy $50 million.  What's interesting to me is the detail.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Google AdSense disabling arbitrage publisher accounts as of June 1st  —  Numerous AdSense publishers have been receiving emails from Google the past couple of days stating that their use of their AdSense account is an unsuitable business model and that accounts would be disabled as of June 1st …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The psychology of banner ads  —  A quick test: how many of you can name the product being advertised in the banner ad at the top of the page?  Chances are, the ad's presence didn't even register with most seasoned web browsers.  But that's probably okay, at least according to research …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
SharedReviews Paid Opinions  —  Most product review sites fall into one of two categories: professional or community driven.  Sites like CNET Reviews and blogs like CrunchGear pay their staff to review the latest gadgets and give you an authoritative, and hopefully unbiased, opinion on what tech toys make the grade.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:
Why Google Fears Microsoft, big time  —  "Sometimes it takes a lot to wake a sleeping giant.  But when he finally stirs, you'd better be ready for a fight."  —  Microsoft enterprise search exec Jared Spataro warned just that, in outlining to me his Microsoft COO Kevin Johnson inspired mission …
Mark Coker / VentureBeat:
Elementeo's 13-year-old CEO, highlight of TiECON  —  TiECON 2007, the big technology conference in Santa Clara, Calif., kicked off yesterday.  —  The buzz on the expo floor was about Silicon Valley gaming startup Elementeo and its precocious 13-year old founder and chief executive, Anshul Samar.
Discussion: cagifted.org and Zoli's Blog
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Estonia Computers Blitzed, Possibly by the Russians  —  The computer attacks, apparently originating in Russia, first hit the Web site of Estonia's prime minister on April 27, the day the country was mired in protest and violence.  The president's site went down, too, and soon …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec false positive cripples thousands of Chinese PCs  —  Virus signature update mistakes critical Windows files for malware  —  A signature update to Symantec's anti-virus software crippled thousands of Chinese PCs Friday when the security software took two critical Windows .dll files for malware.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
The Pirate Bay to Launch YouTube Killer  —  The rumors about The Pirate Bay launching a streaming video site have been put to rest.  —  The Pirate Bay team has confirmed in their blog that they are most definitely building a streaming video site.  While the details remain sketchy for this latest project …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sometimes, a phone is just a phone  —  Put this in the "what took them so long to figure this out" category.  Nokia is introducing a new phone, Nokia 3109 Classic which is a phone first, and everything later.  "We recognize that a sizeable number of people just want a mobile phone to stay …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
The Simpsons Are Coming to AOL as Part of New NBCu/News Corp Alliance  —  A few weeks back, NBC Universal and News Corp announced plans to create a giant distribution and advertising platform for video programming.  —  At that time, AOL announced it would be associated with the new entity …
 
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