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4:15 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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Fred / A VC:
Wallstrip Goes Through The Exit Door  —  CBS announced today that they are purchasing Wallstrip.  —  Here's the story as I see it.  Howard Lindzon is a scrappy investor and sometimes entrepreneur from Phoenix, Arizona.  He got hip to blogging several years ago and started networking around via blogs.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
CBS Does Indeed Scoop Up Wallstrip  —  Wallstrip, an online video show that takes a whimsical approach to financial news, has been bought by CBS Interactive for a price in the single-digit millions, with a multi-year commitment to continue the show and add additional financially oriented web series.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Could Use A Downturn Right About Now  —  Silicon Valley is paradise for geeks, and people flock here from all over the world to be part of something very special.  When I speak at events here one thing I often do is ask people in the audience to raise their hand if they live in Silicon Valley.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Message to Michael: Just Say, Well, No.  —  In what I can only describe as a sentimental-veering-toward-weepy riff on the ongoing saga of "Silicon Valley Bubble: The Sequel," TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington waxes on about the need for a downturn to stop the madness.
Discussion: Valleywag and Business Week
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I'm in a malaise...  I've been in a blog malaise lately.  It's getting harder and harder to write.  Why?  The stakes are going up.  Not for me, I really don't care.  But for the people I'm writing about and who want access to my audience.  When I started writing a blog back in 2000 there weren't any startups.
Karen / Official Google Blog:
What's hot today?  —  For more than six years, we have compiled a regular list of popular searches called the Google Zeitgeist.  This has been our way to highlight the sorts of queries people type into the Google search box every day.  More recently, we unveiled Google Trends to show …
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Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The man who owns the Internet  —  Kevin Ham is the most powerful dotcom mogul you've never heard of, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  Here's how the master of Web domains built a $300 million empire.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — Kevin Ham leans forward, sits up tall, closes his eyes, and begins to type — into the air.
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Paul Sloan / The Key:   Yahoo Outsmarts Google in Cameroon Domain Play
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Michigan man arrested for using cafe's free WiFi from his car  —  A Michigan man is being prosecuted for using a cafe's free WiFi... from his car.  Sam Peterson was arrested under a Michigan law barring access to anyone else's network without authorization, according to Michigan TV station WOOD.
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Patrick Center / WOOD-TV:
A wireless felony  —  Updated:  —  SPARTA — It's a lunch hour ritual at the Re-Union Street Caf.  Customers regularly log onto the internet using the caf's wireless network to check their e-mail and surf the web while they enjoy the coffee and ambience.  —  Sam Peterson II did the same thing.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Proposes Innovation in Radio Spectrum Auction  —  Google filed a proposal on Monday with the Federal Communications Commission calling on the agency to let companies allocate radio spectrum using the same kind of real-time auction that the search engine company now uses to sell advertisements.
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Corey Boles / Associated Press:
Google's novel idea for FCC radio spectrum auction
Discussion: VentureBeat and Search Engine Land
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Unveils a New Full-Featured Smartphone, the T-Mobile Wing  —  Latest "All-in-One" Device Helps You Stay Connected with Wi-Fi Capabilities, Full QWERTY Keyboard and Windows Mobile 6  —  BELLEVUE, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the availability …
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USA Today:
AT&T eager to wield its iWeapon  —  The Apple iPhone, due out next month, has been breathlessly hailed as offering consumers the ultimate wireless experience.  —  It also could give AT&T, its exclusive U.S. distributor, the ultimate experience for a wireless carrier: an easy way to handcuff rivals and steal customers.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV Network Launches: More Shows to Come  —  24/7 reality online TV show Justin.tv has has turned into a bit of a mini-phenomenon since launching just two months ago.  Their apartment was raided by the police, and they were later evicted by their landlord.  They were on the Today Show.
Discussion: Justin.TV Guide and EMAC
ZDNet:
Microsoft will not sue over Linux patents  —  Microsoft has said it has no immediate plans to sue after alleging patent infringements by open-source vendors.  —  In an official statement emailed to ZDNet UK, Microsoft confirmed that it would not litigate for now.
 
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