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11:40 AM ET, May 2, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Can Build Ad Business Without Buying Yahoo  —  Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said he is confident that his company can build a competitive online-advertising business without buying Yahoo Inc., but that it “could just take more time.”
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Found: Yang's Lost Microsoft Money
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Google News Blog:
Google News now available on your iPhone and iPod Touch  —  As we sat in our offices in Trondheim staring off at the fjord — we're Norwegians, that's what we do — a thought occurred to us: wouldn't it be nice to make Google News accessible to readers on their iPod Touch or iPhone?
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google News Comes To iPhone, Plus Goes Global With Interface  —  The Google News Blog announced that they have launched a special interface for the iPhone.  To access it, all you need to do is go to Google.com on your iPhone or iPod Touch and navigate to the news section via the “more” …
Ulf Waschbusch / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Google on the iPhone makes News, goes around the world and to your Apps domain
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit  —  More office workers infatuated with iPods and iPhones are demanding Macs.  Is business ready?  Is Apple?  —  Istvan Banyai  —  Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Sues Over State Law on Collection of Sales Tax  —  Amazon.com has filed a lawsuit challenging New York State's new law forcing online retailers to collect sales tax on shipments to state residents.  —  On Friday, Amazon filed a complaint in State Supreme Court in Manhattan objecting to the law …
Discussion: TeleRead and Digital Trends
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Sues New York State to Void Sales Tax Rules
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Slashdot
louisgray.com:
Participate.  Participate.  Participate.  Repeat.  —  Some of the most confused buzzwords in Web 2.0 are those of aggregation and lifestreaming.  —  As evidenced by the many different sites that have debuted offering a single location for differing online activities …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The really interesting FriendFeed page to watch
Discussion: Profy.Com
Unstrung:
4G Backhaul: A Problem for All?  —  We already know that the challenge of providing back-end capacity for faster base-stations helped delay the launch of Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S - message board)'s Xohm WiMax, so could 4G backhaul be a problem for all carriers moving to faster broadband networks?
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Cheng leaves FT.com for Google job  —  Ien Cheng, the most senior digital executive at the Financial Times, is leaving the company to take up an “unmissable” role at Google, MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal.  —  Cheng, who has worked for the FT for eight years, will become the director …
Discussion: PDA, Mashable! and paidContent
BBC:
Adobe opens up Flash on mobiles  —  Adobe has announced a plan to try to get its Flash player installed on more mobile devices and set-top boxes.  —  Dubbed Open Screen the initiative lifts restrictions on how its multimedia handling software can be used.  —  Adobe will stop charging licencing fees …
Discussion: Beet.TV and dailywireless.org
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Leaked Photos of Motorola ZN5 Suggest Kodak Camera Partnership  —  More photos have emerged of Motorola's upcoming ZN5, and apparently suggest that the 5-megapixel camera is in fact a Kodak-built unit.  The photos look pretty genuine, and certainly tally with the images leaked in April, so what else can we tell from them?
Discussion: Portfolio.com
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Motorola partners with Kodak on cameraphone
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Ruby, Rails Give Twitter Its Tweet  —  Twitter's reliance on Ruby and Ruby on Rails proves the language's resilience.  —  As the maker of one of the largest applications using Ruby on Rails on the Web, Twitter knows a thing or two about scaling applications built with the popular development framework.
Discussion: WebGuild and Workbench
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Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Tech's Top-Paid CEOs  —  Jerry Yang should take note: The best-paid chief executives among technology companies last year was not Google's Eric Schmidt.  —  Oracle's (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ) Larry Ellison tops our ranking of the best-compensated chief executives at technology companies in 2007.
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The ‘Hard Disk Crusher’ doesn't mess around  —  Oliver North found out the hard way that erasing e-mail doesn't mean it's gone forever.  And in more than two decades since, countless others have shown that they still hadn't learned that lesson.  —  But there is one foolproof way of confounding …
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Andrew Liszewski / OhGizmo!:
Hard Disk Crusher - That's What It Is, That's What It Does
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Coming to America: Getting visas to do business in Silicon Valley  —  One of the parlor tricks I like to perform when starting off any Silicon Valley talk or presentation is to ask the audience to raise their hand if they currently live in the area.  Most people raise their hand.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
An Ode to RSS, On RSS Awareness Day  —  There's just a few hours left in what should be an international holiday - RSS Awareness Day.  Thought up by the good folks at DailyBlogTips.com and unknown until this morning to even RSS forefather Dave Winer, RSS Awareness Day is a fantastic idea.
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC.com mulls adding ads  —  Research to test tolerance for multiple commercials  —  ABC.com is about to find out whether one good ad deserves another.  —  Disney-ABC Television Group will begin conducting research next week on inserting multiple commercials into ad breaks for primetime series on its broadband player.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Lawyers, money needed for Psystar's legal battle  —  How much longer can Psystar get away with selling Open Computers?  —  Now that Psystar has satisfied any doubts that it's a real company making real products, the propriety of those products seems bound to be tested.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Blu-ray console shipping by September?  —  For all of Microsoft's denial, the Xbox 360 Blu-ray console rumors just will not die.  In fact, they are getting more and more specific.  The Chinese language Economic Daily News is reporting that Pegatron, an OEM subsidiary of ASUS …
 
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Nokia:
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BBC:
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Discussion: Crave, Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
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Discussion: Geek.com and Gadgetell
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Does Data Portability: Is This All We Get?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Randall Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Streaming Office: Death knell for Google Apps?