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4:25 PM ET, May 30, 2007

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BBC:
Music site Last.fm bought by CBS  —  Social music site Last.fm has been bought by US media giant CBS Corporation for $280m (£140m), the largest-ever UK Web 2.0 acquisition.  —  The online network was founded in the UK five years ago and it now has more than 15 million active users.
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
CBS to buy social network  —  It is expected to pay $280 million for the Last.fm site, which caters to music fans.  —  CBS Corp. is buying a popular social-networking website organized around musical tastes for $280 million, combining a traditional broadcast giant with an early leader in online radio.
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Acquired By CBS  —  Today, Last.fm was acquired by CBS, a company who had the first commercial radio station in the US, ran a record label (CBS Records), and amongst other things are responsible for several respected TV series (CBS on Wikipedia).  —  The team here have spent a lot …
Fred / A VC:
CBS Buys Last.fm
Discussion: alarm:clock
Marcus Adolfsson / TreoCentral:
Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?  —  According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that let's you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard.
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Business Wire:
Palm Advances Mobile Computing with Its First Mobile Companion Product  —  Foleo Mobile Companion Brings Large Screen and Full-size Keyboard to Smartphones  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Building on its vision that the future of personal computing is mobile computing, Palm, Inc. …
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why the Foleo Could Mean the End of Palm
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Stick A Fork In Palm
Discussion: last100
Alec Saunders .LOG:   Palm ignores history, forges ahead.
Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Plus  —  Higher Quality DRM-Free Tracks Now Available on the iTunes Store Worldwide  —  Apple® today launched iTunes® Plus—DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings …
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Tip: Don't Torrent That Song...  Sure, you can now download music from the iTunes store without DRM but that doesn't mean you should just willy nilly start sharing that music with your friends.  For one thing, it's illegal.  For another, your account information is embedded into that m4a music file.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Plus and EMI's DRM-free music hands-on  —  It's been a long time coming.  So how could we resist giving the new higher quality, DRM free iTunes Plus music service a whirl?  After all, we're geeks, and loaded with all kinds of audio devices (not just iPods or Macs and PCs running iTunes) …
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
A Remote Vulnerability in Firefox Extensions  —  See a demo of the attack against Google Browser Sync: (12MB Quicktime).  —  Executive Summary  —  A vulnerability exists in the upgrade mechanism used by a number of high profile Firefox extensions.  These include Google Toolbar …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
A New Vector For Hackers — Firefox Add-Ons  —  Makers of some of the most popular extensions, or "add-ons," for Mozilla's Firefox Web browser may have inadvertently introduced security holes that criminals could use to steal sensitive data from millions of users.
Discussion: TechBlog
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:   Google, Yahoo, Facebook Extensions Put Millions of Firefox Users At Risk — Updated
Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing!  —  About a year ago I gave a presentation to a group of journalists about gadgets of the future and showed a video about a theoretical multi-touch computing system.  When asked when we would see something like that in the wild, I optimistically ballparked 5-7 years.
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BBC:
Microsoft unveils table computer
Discussion: CNET News.com
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google Maps is spying on my cat, says freaked out BB reader  —  BoingBoing reader Mary Kalin-Casey says, … Link.  Dang, it's so detailed, I can even see he's a tabby!  —  Reader comment: Rich Gibson warns us of the global threat of "delusional cat fanciers," and their dastardly, paranoid ways:
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   Looking for personal Google Maps Street View images
Brent Schlender / Fortune:
The trouble with Apple TV  —  Steve Jobs' latest is a dud - and that speaks volumes, says Fortune's Brent Schlender.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Let's pause for a moment amid the worshipful buzz before the launch of Apple's iPhone in June to consider the heretical notion that Steve Jobs might be promising more than he can deliver.
Discussion: MacDailyNews, Valleywag and MacSlash
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
Which ISPs Are Spying on You?  —  The few souls that attempt to read and understand website privacy policies know they are almost universally unintelligible and shot through with clever loopholes.  But one of the most important policies to know is your internet service provider's …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay to announce StumbleUpon buy today
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 Earlier Items: 
Agence France Presse:
Japanese mobile users to get advance quake warnings
Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobileCrunch
Joseph Thornley / Pro PR:
Mike Arrington brings TechCrunch to mesh
Discussion: IP Democracy and mesh blog
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Grateful Dead Fan Site Reborn as Social Network
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
In defense of Twitter  —  Editor's note: CNET News.com …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again
Discussion: Engadget, last100 and Tech_Space
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
DEATH OF JOURNALISM - BLAME GOOGLE? NO. ASK GOOGLE TO LEAD? YES.