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7:40 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Project Granola-Facebook Tastier Than Yahoo?  —  Project Granola?  —  Apparently, that's the jokey nickname that's been given by some in the company to Microsoft's (MSFT) new online strategy, in the wake of its failed efforts to acquire Yahoo (YHOO) that ended in a big heap of mess this past weekend.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bankers Talked To Facebook About a Deal  —  Microsoft Corp.'s bankers recently contacted Facebook Inc. to gauge the Internet company's willingness to sell Facebook to the software giant, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  There are no active discussions between …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft still shopping; Approached Facebook  —  Microsoft, just a few days removed from walking away from its Yahoo bid, is reportedly sniffing around Facebook.  —  According to Kara Swisher, Microsoft's bankers contacted Facebook to see if Mark Zuckerberg and company would be interested in selling the company.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft going it alone?  Not exactly  —  Trying to parse Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' every utterance in search of clues about what Microsoft is doing next is a dangeous game.  (Remember the recent Windows 7 date confusion spurred by a recent Gates' utterance?)
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune  —  If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn't buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on.  —  A future update of the software for Microsoft's portable media player may well include …
Larry Alder / Official Google Blog:
Investing in the future of the open Internet  —  As you may have read, Google, Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners have entered into an agreement to invest $3.2 billion in a new wireless broadband company.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Chipzilla funds Sprint-Clearwire snog
Discussion: VentureBeat
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Google Invested in Clearwire
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Blacklisting Spammers  —  You know you've made it as a communications medium when you start attracting spammers.  On Twitter, the problem is getting bad enough that the service is starting to blacklist people who spam other members.  There is already an unofficial site called …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Spammy Twitter accounts to get the virtual guillotine
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
InfoWorld:
Internet Archive challenges FBI's secret records demand  —  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has withdrawn a secret demand that the Internet Archive, an online library, provide the agency with a user's personal information after the Web site challenged the records request in court.
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Register
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:   FBI Targets Internet Archive With Secret ‘National Security Letter’, Loses
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Defunct TorrentSpy kicked while down  —  U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has handed BitTorrent index site TorrentSpy a bill it couldn't possibly pay.  Having ruled in favor of the major Hollywood studios' lawsuit in December, Cooper awarded the studios damages of $30,000 per movie …
Discussion: TorrentFreak, Slyck and CNET News.com
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   TorrentSpy ordered to pay $110 million in damages to MPAA
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp. Web Unit Sees Revenue Drop, Admits It Won't Hit FY 08 Goals  —  It took a while, but Rupert Murdoch has finally acknowledged that News Corp.'s Web business won't hit the goals he laid out for it last August.  Actually, he made Peter Chernin say it: “Let me begining by saying yes …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Chernin On FIM: ‘Yes, We Will Fall Short’ …
Discussion: Techland and Silicon Alley Insider
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
How long can AMD continue to blame Intel for its failures?  —  I have a policy on this blog of not passing judgment on what's legal or not (in the words of Homer Simpson, that's for the courts to decide) but I do keep wondering how long AMD are going to continue blaming Intel for its failures instead of taking a look closer to home.
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD: Intel's misdeeds killing our long-term sustainability
Discussion: TG Daily
Alertbox:
How Little Do Users Read? … We've known since our first studies of how users read on the Web that they typically don't read very much.  Scanning text is an extremely common behavior for higher-literacy users; our recent eyetracking studies further validate this finding.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
“Grand Theft Auto IV” sales top $500 million in a week  —  Take-Two Interactive, the publishers of “Grand Theft Auto IV,” announced today that sales of the game topped $500 million in the first week, more than what many analysts had expected.  On its first day on the shelves — April 29 …
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Web 2.0, Please Meet Your Host, the Internet  —  I have a major problem with many of the Web 2.0 companies that I meet in my job as a venture capitalist: They lack even the most basic understanding of Internet operations.  —  I realize that the Web 2. community generally views Internet operations …
Discussion: MarketingShift
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Customer service via Twitter works for unpopular people too  —  Yesterday I was in Internet purgatory.  Today I'm back in the land of the living.  —  The occasion?  Cable installation—an activity on par with going to get fillings at the dentist.  It's time consuming …
Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Considering 250GB Cap, Overage Fees  —  Insider provides details of new ‘protocol agnostic’ solution  —  A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Board: Still Room for Schmidt?  —  The Google CEO's spot on Apple's board could go from awkward to untenable as the search giant's mobile push brushes up against the iPhone  —  Until now, having Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sit on Apple's (AAPL) board of directors has made a lot of sense.
PC World:
OpenOffice 3.0 Beta Released  —  Carrie-Ann Skinner, PC Advisor  —  A beta version of OpenOffice.org 3.0 has been released for evaluation by the public.  —  This version of the popular software suite will support the forthcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard as well as being able …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sprint Spending $100 Million to Kick iPhone in the Nuts (iPhone Wearing Cup)  —  Starting May 9th, Sprint will begin a massive, $100 million marketing campaign aimed straight at the iPhone's nether regions.  Stacking its 3G Instinct against the iPhone, Sprint hopes to show that EVDO and GPS …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
 
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Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Video Comments for TypePad and MovableType This Month
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InfoWorld:
Zero-day treasure hunt: Researcher hides IE attack on Web
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Hitachi Delivers Performance Without Sacrifice in New 7,200 RPM …
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Tivoli Audio unveils updated NetWorks Wi-Fi radio
Discussion: Electronista
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Macs in the Enterprise  —  In every O'Reilly conference …
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 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Adobe launches Photoshop Express update with Flickr support
Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Internet phone company Jangl to sell assets, core team goes to competitor Jajah
Discussion: Mashable!
philly.metro.us:
Citywide Wi-Fi could be shut down
Business Week:
Google vows to keep fighting Viacom
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
DVD-by-Mail Users Stuck in the Past
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
$1 Billion of Cash Flow For Yahoo-Google Search Deal? Keep Dreaming
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProBlog
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Mesh to get more competition — from Sun
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?