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3:50 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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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Bill Gates says Microsoft going ‘independent’ way  —  TOKYO - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday the company isn't pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  —  He said in Tokyo that the company put “a lot of effort” …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bankers Talked To Facebook About a Deal
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Microsoft: Saving face by buying Facebook?
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Corporate Development Strategy Changing Daily
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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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 …
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.
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.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   The Stats Are In: You're Just Skimming This Article
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A $500 Million Week for Grand Theft Auto  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest iteration of the hit video game franchise, racked up first-week sales of $500 million, Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, plans to announce on Wednesday.  The report exceeded the sales expectations of analysts.
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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.
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
FORA.tv Raises $4 Million Round from Hearst, Adobe, Others  —  FORA.tv, referred by TechCrunch as the “C-SPAN of the Web,” has closed a Series A round of venture funding with $4 million from William Randolph Hearst III, Adobe Ventures and other investors.  Hearst and Adobe were investors in the original $2 million seed round.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?  —  A while back we posted about the plugin Azureus had developed, which allowed people to check whether their ISP is interfering with their traffic.  The results showed that indeed quite a few ISPs were, but the plugin didn't provide the user with direct feedback.
Discussion: DSLreports, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Mesh to get more competition — from Sun  —  At the opening day of JavaOne on May 6, Sun officials began laying out their vision for a future cloud-computing platform, code-named Hydrazine, that Sun plans to field against competitive offerings from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others.
Discussion: eWeek and Wide Awake Developers
nbcumv.com:
LAUREN ZALAZNICK NAMED PRESIDENT OF NBC UNIVERSAL'S WOMEN AND LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT NETWORKS  —  Adds iVillage to Her Current Portfolio of Bravo Media, Oxygen Media and Green is Universal  —  Lauren Zalaznick has been named President, NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, effective immediately.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
$1 Billion of Cash Flow For Yahoo-Google Search Deal?  Keep Dreaming  —  The second reason Yahoo's stock (YHOO) has rocketed higher in the past few days (the first being Hail Mary dreams of a Microsoft (MSFT) deal) is that investors are expecting a whopper of a Google (GOOG) search outsourcing partnership to be announced any day now.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProBlog
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Reuters:
America Movil to sell iPhone across Latin America
CNN:
France Telecom Says In Talks With Apple For More iPhone Deals
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta now available
InfoWorld:
Plattner: On-demand ERP delay has silver lining
Discussion: eWeek
PC World:
OpenOffice 3.0 Beta Released
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Orange in discussions with Apple to sell iPhone outside France
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs leads online voting for best beard in Silicon Valley
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple rolls out 5th beta of iPhone SDK, UIKit still in flux
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
Pioneer offers up two new Blu-ray players
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD: Intel's misdeeds killing our long-term sustainability
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
CNN:
Viacom Chairman: Won't Tolerate Piracy By Video Sharing Web Sites
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Brightkite: A bright future for mobile social networking?