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2:30 PM ET, May 28, 2007

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San Francisco Chronicle:
Getting in the game at Microsoft  —  Robbie Bach's job is to make software giant's entertainment division profitable  —  For all the challenges Microsoft Corp. faces as it moves into the future, the Redmond, Wash., software giant remains a formidable money machine.
Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech, I4U News and Neowin.net
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Bach: More than 1 Million Zune players sold  —  According to Robbie Bach, Microsoft's president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, Zune will meet the goal of 1.000.000 players sold by the end of June, set at launch.  He also confirms that new Zune things will come in this fall, talks …
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:   One Million Zunes (Somehow) Sold
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
E-Commerce Report: Millions of Addresses and Thousands of Sites, All Leading to One  —  THINK you have a good handle on the Internet economy?  Try this one.  —  What Internet business has raised $120 million in financing in the last year, owns 725,000 Web sites, and has as its chief executive …
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Doing Evil to the Internet: Google and Yahoo! Promote Domain Squatting  —  Recently the mainstream media has been running profiles on people who have built businesses worth hundreds of millions of dollars by buying lots of Internet domain names then filling them with Google ads.
Discussion: thoughtsignals
Josh / Redeye VC:
Myspace - the next Prodigy?  —  Over the last year, there's been a tremendous amount of focus on the "Widget economy".  Newsweek has even dubbed 2007 as the "Year of the Widget."  While the concept of a "widget" might seem trivial to many outside of Silicon Valley, the ability to automatically embed …
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Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Facebook is Microsoft Office of Social Apps  —  Having spent just enough time with the waaaay over-hyped Facebook to be dangerous, I will now offer the definitive explanation for why people use the thing.  Facebook is the Microsoft Office of social apps.  —  In other words …
Jon Newton / p2pnet:
p2pnet talks to AllofMP3.com  —  p2pnet.net news special:- An incredible, and inordinate, amount of mainstream media time is devoted to spreading the wild fiction that copyright infringement of corporate movies and music is threatening world economies.  —  AllofMP3.com is a small Russian company …
Discussion: Pito's Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Desktop Tower of Money: 3 tips to profit from casual games  —  So here's a couple ways to a create successful game online: a), Find an investor who's crazy enough to give you millions of dollars, or b), Put it on a distribution network and hope you get enough customers willing to buy it as a download.
Discussion: youNEWB, PaulStamatiou.com and digg
Paul Durman / Times of London:
Dotcom stars have designs on your home  —  THE founders of Lastminute. com, Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox, have teamed up again to form a new business.  —  Hoberman has already spent several months recruiting a team for Mydeco.com, which aims to help people decorate their homes.
Steven Chang / GeekNUZ:
Apple iPhone In The Wild!  —  Update: First of all, thanks to everyone for commenting about this story.  I didn't think it would be so upsetting to some people that my camera took some bad pictures, or that I didn't make a scene and go back to ask the the Apple guy to pose with the iPhone for me in the middle of his dinner.
Discussion: Engadget and GracefulFlavor
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
NSF picks ARPANET creator to build new experimental network  —  The National Science Foundation has tapped BBN Technologies to build and manage the GENI project, intended as a proving ground for next-generation network technologies.  For BBN, this is a bit of a return to its roots …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
PLUNGE IN CD SALES SHAKES UP BIG LABELS  —  "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the Beatles album often cited as the greatest pop recording in music history, received a thoroughly modern 40th-anniversary salute last week when singers on "American Idol" belted out their own versions of its songs live on the show's season finale.
Discussion: p2pnet
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Fierce Competition, Google Finds Novel Ways to Feed Hiring Machine  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — On a spring Saturday, about 90 students from Stanford and as many from the University of California, Berkeley, converged on Google's corporate campus for a day of spirited team competition …
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Blackberry 8830 hits Verizon retail shops today, $199 final price  —  Not sure if any Verizon retail shops are actually open here during the U.S. holiday, but consumers can start fondling the Blackberry 8830 World Edition phone on their next Verizon visit.  Business customers got …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Alex Krupp / Sensemaking:
Assumption-driven Entrepreneurship: Your Hidden Sustainable Competitive Advantage  —  Thesis-driven investment is the process of making investments based on theories about the future.  The basic process is as follows  — Make a prediction about the future based on economic, legal, technological, and social trends.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
"Major announcement" from HTC on June 5
Mark Evans:
All Google, All the Time (Yikes!)  —  Over the past few years …
Richard Wachman / Observer:
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
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