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5:20 AM ET, May 24, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
$100 Million Payday For Feedburner - This Deal Is Confirmed  —  Rumors about Google acquiring RSS management company Feedburner from last week, started by ex-TechCrunch UK editor Sam Sethi, are accurate and are now confirmed according to a source close to the deal.
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Todd Cochrane / Geek News Central:
Google is Buying FeedBurner this is pure Evil!  —  I am hearing a lot of people cheering for Feedburner, sure I am happy for the folks that started the company, but this is really bad for people that are now going to be spied upon at a whole new level by the Google machine.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:   Google, Please leave BlogAds, Adify and TribalFusion Alone
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Search without boundaries  —  Posted by Franz Och, Research Scientist; Maureen Heymans, Software Engineer; and Jeff Chin, International Product Manager  —  One of our goals at Google is to provide access to all the world's information.  A big obstacle for that is the language barrier.
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Holly M. Sanders / New York Post:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES PURGE OF AD-HEAVY WEB SITES  —  Google is trying to clean up its search results by cracking down on dubious Web sites that contain little content but lots of ads.  —  The search giant has notified a number of Web publishers in the last few days that they will be dropped from its popular …
Discussion: 10e20
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Adsense For Video, Google Still Lagging  —  Google has announced a closed beta test of Adsense for Video.  —  According to the post on Inside Adsense, Adsense for Video consists of "in-stream" advertisements.  Publishers define at what point the advertisements will appear for each video.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple to drop new Macbooks and iMacs at WWDC?  —  While we know for sure that Steve is going to show off a "feature-complete" version of Leopard at this year's WWDC, and we wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone got some quality time on stage as well, we haven't really heard anything solid …
Discussion: Cult of Mac
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John R. Quain / New York Times:
Basics: Cellphone Banking Is Coming of Age  —  YOU'RE starting a two-week vacation far from home when you suddenly realize you left the mortgage payment on the kitchen table instead of mailing it on the way to the airport.  Or perhaps you're standing in the checkout line of a store …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Global Voices wins Knight Foundation News Challenge  —  I'm at the Editor and Publisher and Adweek "Interactive Media" conference today because the Knight Foundation is announcing its News Challenge winners this morning at the conference.  Global Voices has won one of the 24 awards …
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Business Wire:
Jangl Upgrades a Billion Phones Instantly, Adds Ability to Call Anyone Online, Worldwide, Anytime  —  Jangl Assigns a Phone Number to Every Email Address on the Internet  —  PLEASANTON, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Know someone online you'd like to talk to on the phone, but don't have their phone number - or don't want to give them yours?
Direct2Dell:
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems will be available at www.dell.com/open by 4pm CST today.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Google is failing the Microsoft litmus test  —  If you want to evaluate the "evil" quotient of any company's strategy/behavior, consider how you'd feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat.  —  Robert McLaws of Windows-Now.com fame reminded me of my "Is Google evil?" litmus test in his post, "Google: The New Big Brother."
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
GPL author: Google must share code  —  (InfoWorld) - Companies like Google that build their business on software such as Linux have a moral imperative to contribute back to the free software community, a prominent open-source advocate said Tuesday.  —  That's a good thing because it doesn't look …
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: How to Make Your Cellphone Act Like a BlackBerry  —  When you whip out a BlackBerry or a Treo in public, what does it say about you?  —  You might think that it says: "I'm an important person who can't afford to be out of touch.  I can do e-mail all day long, and I'll never miss that critical deal."
Georges Yared / Apple Inc (AAPL): BloggingStocks:
Apple will be bigger than IBM  —  Arguably two of America's best run companies are Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) and International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM).  Both have achieved high levels of success and shareholders have been rewarded along the way.  However, both are treading in different waters …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Novell to detail Microsoft patent pact  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Novell will share details of its patent pact with Microsoft this month in a regulatory filing that had been delayed by a stock option investigation.  —  Novell plans to reveal the details in conjunction with filing its upcoming annual report …
Discussion: Linux-Watch.com
 
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Casey / The Channel Checkers:
iPhone Waiting Lists Grow; Manufacturing Glitch Slows iPhone Production.
Discussion: Computerworld and Ars Technica
medill.northwestern.edu:
Medill offers journalism scholarships to programmer/developers
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
Robots make you rich  —  We've seen the robots that mow your lawn …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
Let's Make Website Mashups, Like Netflickr, Figg and BoingPress
Discussion: digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Focuses on Interoperability for the Identity Metasystem
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Vista no panacea for PC sales
Discussion: Neowin.net
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
No FFXIII This Year  —  Just in case you were still hoping.
Paperghost / The SpywareGuide Greynets Blog:
Skype Worm Variant Targets Other Instant Messaging Clients
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Market Wire:
Local.com Introduces Local Mobile(TM)
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rooftop Media raises $2.5M for "middle tail" comedy video site
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Researcher: RSA 1024-bit Encryption not Enough
Discussion: Neowin.net
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Internet tax ban meets resistance in Senate
Discussion: Neowin.net
Andrew Yoon / PS3 Fanboy:
Firmware 1.80 to include 1080p upscaling for games and movies
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
The Visible Man: An FBI Target Puts His Whole Life Online
Discussion: p2pnet and digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Is the Google Video PlusBox Fair?
Discussion: Publishing 2.0 and Valleywag