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3:10 PM ET, May 22, 2007

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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  —  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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   CBS/ WallStrip Deal Confirmed
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Legless Chihuahuas Prove Google Hot Trends Not So Hot  —  Google has launched a new addition to its growing lineup of...well everything, Google Hot Trends.  —  Google Trends takes the idea behind Google Zeitgeist to the next level.  Instead of providing weekly details of top Google searches …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Meme: Hot Trends Added To Google Trends  —  Google has launched a meme-like feature to Google Trends.  The Google Trends home page now has a section named "Hot Trends," which shows the hottest queries for the day.  You can also look back historically and see the hottest queries for that day.
BBC:   Google to list top 100 searches
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.
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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.
Discussion: SearchRank Blog and Neowin.net
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
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.
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: 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.
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
Top Directors See the Future, and They Say It's in 3-D  —  If some prominent Hollywood directors and an Irish rock band have their way, moviegoers en masse will soon be heading back to the future, wearing newfangled 3-D glasses.  —  Last week the next phase in the theatrical viewing experience took …
Discussion: CinemaTech and digg
Matt Nauman / Mercury News:
Tesla Motors to sell batteries in $43 million deal with Think  —  SAN CARLOS START-UP EYES RISING MARKET  —  Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric car start-up, intends to announce today that it has created a new division to sell batteries, and that it has taken a $43 million order.
Brett Zongker / Associated Press:
Public Access Group Posts Smithsonian Images Online  —  Grabbing pictures of iconic Smithsonian Institution artifacts just got a whole lot easier.  —  Before, if you wanted to get a picture of the Wright Brothers' plane, you could go to the Smithsonian Images Web site and pay for a print …
Discussion: Epicenter and RSS
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google to scan 800,000 manuscripts, books from Indian university
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Dan Warne / APC:
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Grace Aquino / LAPTOP Magazine:
T-Mobile Wing  —  This full-featured touchscreen smart phone …
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USA Today:
AT&T eager to wield its iWeapon
Discussion: Engadget and MacDailyNews
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Intel, STMicro to form new flash company
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Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
XM restores radio service
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
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Spammers plunder Plusnet e-mail
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Discussion: Napsterization and Tech_Space
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