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3:35 AM ET, May 19, 2007

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Direct2Dell:
Dell Tablet PC  —  There's been some chatter about a Latitude Tablet PC coming from Dell.  Check out what Jeff Clarke has to say.  —  View Video  —  Format: flv  —  Duration: 0:58
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Dell Latitude Tablet PC spotted on Dell's blog  —  Let the rumors subside: Dell will indeed have a Tablet PC this year and you can see it showcased in a short video right on the Direct2Dell blog!  My first impressions: this looks light and very thin, possibly the thinnest convertible yet!
Discussion: TechSpot News and Newsome.Org
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Popfly - Mashup the web with Silverlight  —  Disclosure: This morning I announced that I'm working for Adobe.  While I haven't officially started, consider me an Adobe employee for all intents and purposes.  I have the disclosure statement at the bottom of the page, but I'll probably run …
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Launches Popfly: Mashup App Creator Built On Silverlight
Johnmont / A View from Elsewhere:   Why I Think Popfly is Cool  —  No product is complete without …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Popfly service does mashups
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Rumour: Google to buy Feedburner  —  I have just heard from a VERY trusted source that Google is buying Feedburner in order to get into the rapidly evolving RSS Ad market.  The delay in announcing the deal, I am told is solely due to the delay in closing out the DoubleClick deal.
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Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Google buying Feedburner for about $100m  —  On the surface, this looks like a straightforward story.  Google is tightening its grip on text advertising with the acquisition of Feedburner.  We've confirmed yesterday's speculation on the Mountain View search engine's latest deal …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now that Feedburner Story....  Every so often we hear about Chicago-based FeedBurner, the RSS remixer/syndicator is getting bought by someone.  This morning, Sam Sethi pointed out that Feedburner was in talks with Google.  Valleywag says they have a confirmation and the price range is in the $100 million ballpark.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Rumor: FeedBurner to be acquired by Google
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay to Launch YouTube Competitor  —  Some believed the video site might evolve from the idea that is Playable.com — a free music site started by Brokep of The Pirate Bay and the Swedish rock band Lamont — that aims at compensating artists directly and cutting out record companies.
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Brokep / The Pirate Bay:
Oh some problems and a treat!  —  We did some stupid stuff to put up some more security, so we had to recover some stuff.  Some user accounts might have bad passwords now, so try the old one (those we f**ked up, we put old ones on from a previous backup) or try recovering it.
Discussion: Epicenter
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:   Under the Hood of The Pirate Bay's New Video Site
Microsoft:
Microsoft to Acquire aQuantive, Inc.  —  Company details plans to build Internet-wide advertising platform for advertisers, publishers and ad agencies.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire aQuantive, Inc., for $66.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $6 billion.
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Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Quantifying Microsoft's biggest purchase ever
Discussion: CNET News.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Latest to Buy Online Ad Company
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Netflix Sued For Violating Antitrust Law With Its Patents  —  from the who-to-root-for?  dept  —  I'm pretty skeptical of most class-action lawsuits.  They're often filed over bizarre claims, and the settlements almost always seem to enrich the lawyers a lot more than the "class."
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J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
AACS Updated, Broken Again  —  We predicted in past posts that AACS, the encryption system intended to protect HD-DVD and Blu-ray movies, would suffer a gradual meltdown from its inability to respond quickly enough to attacks.  Like most DRM, AACS depends on the secrecy of encryption keys built into hardware and software players.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Origami 2.0 to be thinner, smaller, and (maybe) less expensive  —  Microsoft is working on a new set of specifications for its Origami project.  Microsoft development manager Vikram Madan spoke this week at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles about some of the specs …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Joost's Deal Plans Hidden in PDF Presentation  —  PDFs can be tricky sometimes: a source of hidden data that you might not have intended to release.  A source pointed out to us today that this year's hottest startup - Joost - may have accidentally leaked 3 months' worth of deal plans through hidden data in a PDF.
Reuters:
BitTorrent user loses appeal in movie piracy case  —  A Hong Kong man, believed to be the first person convicted of downloading pirated movies using BitTorrent file-sharing technology, lost his appeal on Friday in the territory's highest court.  —  Chan Nai-ming, who used the alias "Big Crook" …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Get Your Own Theme at Method Music  —  If you're a "Family Guy" fan like me, you might remember the episode where Peter finds a genie in a lamp and wishes for his own theme music.  Well, a new website backed by the legendary frontman of the rock group "The Who", Pete Townshend …
Discussion: 606Tech
 
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Ryan Stewart:
I'm Joining Adobe  —  Big news for me today.
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Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds
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Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Begins
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Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
LG Electronics to cut PDP production
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Justin Berka / Ars Technica:
Hide your firewalls! Adobe's CS3 may try to disable them
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