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8:20 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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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, Anne 2.1, EMAC 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Silicon Valley gets a bad case of startup-itis; the doctor is in
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process  —  A study (PDF) funded by Microsoft and carried out by Harvard Business School professor Alan MacCormack aims to determine what kind of features and protections developers want in version 3 of the widely-used General Public License (GPL 3).
Discussion: Channel 9 and Slashdot
David Chartier / Download Squad:   Microsoft has 'no immediate plans' to sue over Linux patent infringement claims
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  —  Yahoo takes a lot of heat for always playing catch up to its cross-valley rival, Google (GOOG).  But Yahoo did do something back in 2004 that, while small, deserves some credit—it registered the domain name Yahoo.cm.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Howard Lindzon:
CBS Acquires Wallstrip - You Can Make Money From Blogging!!!  —  One of the most exciting days of my life for sure.  —  Today, CBS has acquired Wallstrip .  —  Lot's of people to thank.  The biggest sacrifices have come from my wife Ellen and my sweet kids Rachel and Max.  My dog Bagel is indifferent.
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Fred / A VC:
Wallstrip Goes Through The Exit Door
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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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Gets Trendy
Discussion: Valleywag and BetaNews
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
The Future of Ask.com: Search?  How About Advertising  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks has an interesting post today about Ask.com, in which he lays out his strategy for getting the search engine back on track.  That caught my eye because last night when looking over the latest search data …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Ask.com goes "all in"... and my strategy suggestions to help them fight the beast  —  Update: Josh at Read/WriteWeb dives into my suggestions and offers up some of his own.  —  Also, let me make one thing clear... Ask spending $100 million on this stupid "xxxx hates the algorithm" ad campaign is downright stupid.
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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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.
Charles Douglas / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple iPhone to be available for prepaid users  —  One thing we know about the Apple iPhone launch, is that we don't really know much.  Today we received a few screen shots that shed some light on one of the major questions regarding the sales of the iPhone – who will be eligible to buy this new dream gadget?
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Not All Notebooks Are Created Equal  —  Whenever Zoho releases a new product, the "default" comparison is to relevant Google products.  Perhaps it's because of this "reflex" that most blogs compare the newly released Zoho Notebook to Microsoft OneNote and Google Notebook.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft trademarks logo for on-demand IPTV service
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange offers olive branch to small webcasters over royalties
PC World:
The 100 Best Products of 2007  —  Our editors rank the best PCs …
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Verizon Launches FiOS TV 2.0
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Virtual World Gold Rush?
Discussion: alarm:clock
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
'Electric Slide' Creator Calls Off Online Takedown Campaign
VoIP & Gadgets Blog:
Nortel Strong Arms Open Source Vendor
Elisabeth Osmeloski / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Changes at SEW: Moving Over Yonder
 Earlier Items: 
PC World:
DRM-Free Music Giant EMI Agrees to Takeover
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Symantec-eBay piracy suit settled
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google to scan 800,000 manuscripts, books from Indian university
Discussion: Hindustan Times
Dan Warne / APC:
First OpenOffice virus emerges
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Intel, STMicro to form new flash company
Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
Will next arcade machines hit the jackpot?
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
Top Directors See the Future, and They Say It's in 3-D
Discussion: parislemon, CinemaTech and digg
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Justin.TV Network Launches: More Shows to Come
 

 
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