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4:10 AM ET, May 21, 2007

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Equity Firms to Buy Alltel in $27.5 Billion Deal  —  Alltel, the wireless phone company, agreed last night to be sold to a consortium of private equity firms for $27.5 billion, marking the largest buyout ever in the telecommunications industry.  —  The consortium includes the Texas Pacific Group …
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Michael Flaherty / Reuters:
TPG, Goldman unit, to buy Alltel in $25 billion deal (Reuters)  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wireless company Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT - news) said on Sunday it had agreed to be bought by TPG Capital and the buyout arm of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS - news) for about $25 billion, making …
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Nick / Rough Type:
Long player  —  I started reading David Weinberger's new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous, this weekend.  I'd been looking forward to it.  Weinberger has a supple, curious mind and an easy way with words.  Even though I rarely agree with his conclusions, he gets the brain moving - and that's what matters.
Mark Helprin / New York Times:
A Great Idea Lives Forever.  Shouldn't Its Copyright?  —  WHAT if, after you had paid the taxes on earnings with which you built a house, sales taxes on the materials, real estate taxes during your life, and inheritance taxes at your death, the government would eventually commandeer it entirely?
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Firefox and the Anxiety of Growing Pains  —  IF the open-source software movement were an upstart political campaign, Chris Messina would be one of its community organizers — the young volunteer who decamps to New Hampshire, knocking on doors, putting up signs.
Discussion: MetaFilter
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Who Will Buy Facebook?  —  Last week billions of dollars changed hands in online related acquisitions.  Anything that is worth buying is being bought.  —  The rumors that Yahoo is in talks to acquire Bebo for $1billion may have seen wild 2 years ago, but in today's online market compare favorably price wise.
Discussion: franticindustries
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rumor from across the pond: Yahoo wants Bebo
Discussion: TechCrunch
BBC:
Wi-Fi: a warning signal  —  Britain is in the grip of a Wi-Fi revolution with offices, homes and classrooms going wireless - but there is concern the technology could carry health risks.  —  The Government insists Wi-Fi is safe, but a Panorama investigation shows that radio frequency radiation levels …
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Did Microsoft go lose its head over aQuantive?  —  I've been trying to find a way to illustrate just how screwy Microsoft's $6 billion bid for aQuantive is, and here it is: For $6 billion in cash, Microsoft could have hired, in a single day, 60,000 engineers and salespeople …
Associated Press:
Avis to offer wireless Internet gear  —  NEW YORK - Avis Rent A Car System is offering customers a wireless Internet service to use in its rented cars, hotel rooms and other places a traveler might go.  —  The new Avis Connect service, priced at $10.95 per day, can transmit a Wi-Fi signal …
Discussion: textually.org
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs  —  A WebmasterWorld thread that I have been tracking for a few days now has been getting a lot of attention over the weekend.  In short, there are rumors that Google will be shutting down AdSense arbitrageurs.  —  Arbitrage and AdSense …
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Shoemoney:
Adsense Arbitrage - Just The Facts
Discussion: Web Publishing Blog
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Does Windows Vista Rate? … The expedition really started two weeks ago, when my sister shopped for a new notebook.  A week before her return to Guatemala, her Sony VAIO VGNS-S160's hard drive drove into oblivion.  Because of the age of the Sony laptop and the risk hard drive replacement might lead …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Virtual World Population: 50 million by 2011  —  When technology analyst group Gartner recently asserted that "80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 companies) will have a 'second life', but not necessarily in Second Life" by 2011, a lot of people jumped the gun and assumed 8 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Optimus Maximus: 113 keys, ready to pre-order  —  Ready to move around some funds in your accounts?  Take out that loan from your mom?  Tell your wife you just don't know why the account's a grand light?  The Optimus Maximus is up for pre-order for $1564.37.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
E-Commerce Report: Bad Hair Days Lead Pair to Web Incubator and Venture Capital  —  FOR many entrepreneurs in the first dot-com boom, the name of the game was "portal-matic."  Spin a wheel, pick a niche interest group, build a comprehensive Web portal aimed at that group's needs and cash a venture capitalist's check.
Discussion: Mashable! and Jeffrey McManus
 
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony announces 80GB PS3...for Korea
Discussion: Kotaku and I4U News
Ilana DeBare / San Francisco Chronicle:
Narrowing Online Market Focus
Discussion: Screenwerk
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
Betting on the Future  —  There's a lot of good reason for gloom …
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Gallery: Giz Hearts Maker's Faire
Discussion: Gadget Lab and I4U News
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The (Bayesian) Advantage of Youth
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD reports Q4 revenue down 7% YoY to $10.3B, adjusted EBITDA down 5% YoY to $2.5B, 97.7M global streaming subscribers, and a $103M streaming profit for 2023

 
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