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12:50 PM ET, May 21, 2007

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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Opens Its Pages As a Way to Fuel Growth  —  Facebook Inc. has bucked the Silicon Valley acquisition trend, remaining independent of larger technology companies.  Now the social-networking start-up is seeking ways to reach the big leagues on its own.
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Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Facebook Builds "Reverse-API" — Will Get *Others* To Build *Its* Mashups!
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Facebook Moving to An Open Platform Strategy
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Slippery Slope: Is Google Now Paying More Newspapers To Link To Them?  —  We were surprised last month to hear that Google had backed down in its dispute with news agency AFP, agreeing to pay up in order to link to AFP articles in Google News.  As has been explained repeatedly, Google is increasing traffic and attention to their sites.
Discussion: franticindustries
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google News: The End of News Indexing As We Know It?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Denies New UK News Search Deal
BBC:
'$100 laptop' sparks war of words  —  Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.  —  He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, p2pnet and Gadget Lab
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CBS News:
What If Every Child Had A Laptop?  —  Lesley Stahl Reports On The Dream And The Difficulties Of Getting A Computer To Every Child  —  (CBS) Nicholas Negroponte, a professor at MIT, had a dream.  In it every child on the planet had his own computer.  In that way, he figured …
BBC:
Wi-fi health fears are 'unproven'  —  Scientists have said there is no evidence to suggest a link between the use of wi-fi and damage to health.  —  BBC programme Panorama found that radiation levels from wi-fi in one school was up to three times the level of mobile phone mast radiation.
Discussion: Engadget and broadbandreports.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google May Launch Mobile Service In UK  —  We've heard from a good source in the mobile industry that Google may be preparing to launch its own branded mobile network in the UK in the next few weeks.  If our source is accurate, Google will become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) via a deal with UK mobile phone company O2.
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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Alltel.com:
Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share
Discussion: GigaOM
Xinhua News Agency:
Computers accidentally "attacked" by Norton AntiVirus  —  www.chinaview.cn 2007-05-20 14:22:04  —  An error occurring in the update of Norton's virus database on Friday has caused millions of PCs and computers to crash-a heavy blow to people's daily work and ongoing business.
Discussion: PC World
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
No plans to bring 80GB PS3 to Europe, says Sony  —  Information on Korean site confirmed  —  A Sony spokesperson has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that an 80GB PlayStation 3 is to go on sale in Korea - but said there are currently no plans to launch the model in Europe.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise  —  Derided by some and purchased by even fewer, the Tablet PC concept has had a rough go of it since its formal blessing by Microsoft in the form of Windows XP Tablet Edition in 2002.  Pen-based computing is significantly older than that …
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up  —  When David All, a former Republican congressional aide, launched a blog recently that he hopes will spur his fellow Republicans to bridge the digital divide, he did his best to sound upbeat.  "Today our Revolution begins," he wrote.  "Tomorrow we fight."
Ben Edelman:
Spyware Still Cheating Merchants and Legitimate Affiliates  —  Spyware vendors are trying to clean up their images.  For example, Zango settled a FTC investigation, then last week sued PC Tools for detecting and removing Zango software.  Meanwhile, Integrated Search Technologies …
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash and Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Subtitles = Two Years In Jail?  —  from the but-why?  dept  —  This one was submitted last week, and a few other sites had stories about it late last week or over the weekend, but the more I thought about it, the more ridiculous it became.  It's the story of a group of folks …
USA Today:
Ad Track: KFC mines consumers' videos for ads  —  NEW YORK — Fifteen minutes of Web fame is turning into 15 seconds of TV ad fame for some consumers as a couple of big advertisers, KFC and Geico, mine sharing sites such as YouTube for video to use in commercials.
 
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division (PC World)
Discussion: Engadget
DealBook:
Yahoo Said to Consider Bid for Britain's Bebo
Discussion: Epicenter and Unit Structures
Scott Martelle / Los Angeles Times:
YouTube and MySpace campaign for political positions
Chris Pirillo:
Open Source Web Browser
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Arguing For Infinite Copyright... Using Copied Ideas And A Near …
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Woz on the magic of electronics and computers
Discussion: Macsimum News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks
 Earlier Items: 
Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
An iMac phones home
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Welcome to the era of gullibility 2.0
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
New Sony PMX-U50 PMP
Discussion: Engadget and Anything But iPod
BBC:
Blaze ravages historic Cutty Sark
Discussion: digg
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
Discussion: 21talks and MacDailyNews
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
Goodbye Cingular, Hello to the New Bell, AT&T
Eric Knorr / InfoWorld:
Salesforce.com launches SOA in the cloud (InfoWorld)
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs