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2:30 PM ET, May 21, 2007

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Denies New UK News Search Deal  —  Google reach deals with news websites from the Sunday Herald reports that Google has reached a dead with several large UK newsgroups to carry content on Google News, but Google tells me no such deals have been agreed.  —  "It is categorically no," said spokesperson Jessica Powell.
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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
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 …
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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
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!
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.
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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Going Private: Alltel for $27.5 billion
Alltel.com:   Alltel to be acquired by TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners for $71.50 per share
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Salesforce.com Weigh Alliance to Battle Microsoft  —  Internet giant Google Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc., a pioneer in online services for businesses, are discussing an alliance that could help them compete more effectively with Microsoft Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
UK to get even more Big Brother with hovering drones  —  With literally hundreds of thousands of cameras — some sporting speakers and microphones — trained on its poor citizens from the moment they step out of the house in the morning until their hasty retreat inside at night …
Discussion: digg
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BBC:
Pilotless police drone takes off
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Coop Embeds Gadgets in Search Results  —  Google Coop has quietly expanded and now can embed data from gadgets (i.e. widgets) as subscribed links.  In English, as opposed to Googlese, what this means is that you can opt-in to have important live data pop-up when you enter certain search keywords.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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: InfoWorld and Neowin.net
Paul Buchheit:
Amazingly bad APIs  —  I actually don't hate the Java language (at least it's killing off c++), but every time I use it I'm blown away by how hostile the APIs are.  —  For example, let's say that we want to scale an image file.  That's a fairly common thing to do, so it's probably only one line of code, right?
Discussion: JD on EP
Ilse Jurriën / LetsGoDigital English Edition:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100  —  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 : Panasonic announce a new addition to the Lumix family of high-performance digital cameras.  The new Lumix DMC-FX100 combines 1/1.72-inch large 12.2-megapixel image recording with a superb, 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens that features …
Discussion: Gizmodo, DailyTech, Engadget and I4U News
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.
 
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Jon Udell:
A conversation with Allen Wirfs-Brock about the history of Smalltalk …
GamePolitics.com:
Best Buy Ratings Deal is Bad News for ESRB
Paul Durman / Times of London:
Man who took Google global
Discussion: Valleywag
Kelly Olsen / Associated Press:
LG Electronics to stop making plasma panels at 1 of 4 South Korean plants
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Cathedral & Bazaar on All Time Best Business Book List
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
BenQ Sells Digital Camera Division (PC World)
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Pirillo:
Open Source Web Browser
USA Today:
Ad Track: KFC mines consumers' videos for ads
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Arguing For Infinite Copyright... Using Copied Ideas And A Near …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Telco dogs need to learn software tricks
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
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Much Ado About Apple's iPhone
Discussion: 21talks and MacDailyNews
Jose Antonio Vargas / Washington Post:
Online, GOP Is Playing Catch-Up
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Don't look now, but Tablet PCs are on the rise
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Free Subtitles = Two Years In Jail?