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6:00 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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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.
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, EMAC and Business Week
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
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
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
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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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.
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.
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
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Google Made 23andMe Do It  —  One downside of taking venture capital from a public company is that the deal can wind up in an 8-K filing.  At that point, startups have two basic choices: Ignore the filing and hope nobody notices, or grudgingly emerge from stealth mode.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Paul Kedrosky's …
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?
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.
 
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
AMD Claims Manufacturing is on Time and on Schedule
Discussion: The Tech Report
PC World:
DRM-Free Music Giant EMI Agrees to Takeover
Discussion: Neowin.net
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Takes Cue From The Onion: Wants Radio Stations To Pay Up For Promoting Music
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
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Matt Nauman / Mercury News:
Tesla Motors to sell batteries in $43 million deal with Think
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
XM restores radio service
Discussion: Engadget
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Not All Notebooks Are Created Equal
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and Compiler
CNET News.com:
Crave Talk: Channel 4's 4oD hamstrung by UK ISPs
Discussion: Slashdot
Rich Brown / CNET News.com:
Dell updates its highest-end XPS system
Sharon Waxman / New York Times:
Top Directors See the Future, and They Say It's in 3-D
Discussion: parislemon, CinemaTech and digg
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