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8:30 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces DataPortability, Partners With Yahoo, Ebay And Twitter  —  MySpace is announcing a broad ranging embrace of data portability standards today, along with data sharing partnerships with Yahoo, Ebay, Twitter and their own Photobucket subsidiary.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
MySpace Turns Social Network Sharing the Right Direction
Discussion: Associated Press and Business Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Move Suggests Not Reversing Yahoo Decision  —  Microsoft Corp. released potential proxy board members from their agreements to serve in the event it made a hostile bid for Yahoo Inc., following the software giant's decision last weekend to end its effort to buy the Internet company.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tells Its Alternate Yahoo Board Members It Won't Be Needing Them  —  Microsoft is taking one of its options off the table in its on-again, off-again pursuit of Yahoo.  It has told members of the alternate board of directors it had lined up for a possible hostile proxy battle over Yahoo that it won't be needing their services.
Discussion: Joe Duck
Reuters:
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo
Associated Press:
Mamma Mia!  Papa John's raking in the dough online  —  LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Sometimes during peak hours, the phones are silent in Andy Freitas' pizza restaurants, yet the cooks are busy keeping pace with hungry customers.  —  That's because orders are rolling in through the Internet.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA: DRM not dead and likely will make comeback  —  To Garnett's right is the MPAA's Fritz Attaway  —  LOS ANGELES—News of DRM's death has been greatly exaggerated, according to an executive with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  —  At a time when the top recording …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’  —  Update 11:45 p.m.: I updated with new detail from Yahoo, further information from the site, and some analysis.  —  Yahoo has begun testing Glue Pages, a major new way to present search results that caters to its strength as an Internet portal.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Yahoo “Glue Pages” Show All-In-One Search Results
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Ends Hello  —  Google is shutting down Hello, Picasa's photo sharing service which was part of the Picasa acquisition back in 2004.  On the program, Wikipedia writes:  —  Hello by Google's Picasa is [was] a free computer program that allows users to send images across the Internet and publish them to their blogs.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google denies staff ‘brain drain’  —  Technology reporter, in Silicon Valley  —  Google has denied there is a brain drain of talent at the firm following the departure of its communications boss to social network Facebook.  —  Elliot Schrage's departure as head of global communications …
Tony Smith / The Register:
MSI releases £235 desktop Eee PC rival ahead of Asus  —  Fed up of waiting for Asus' desktop Eee PC?  Rival Taiwanese manufacturer MSI has stepped in with a mini machine of its own, which it's punting at just £235.  —  The PC's called the Titan - something of a misnomer given the unit's small size.
Discussion: Gadgetell
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 leaked  —  While not quite as exciting as March's week of Latitude scoops, we've got ourselves some infos on what look to be Dell's upcoming Inspiron 1435, 1535 and 1735 consumer laptops.  Seems they'll all be sharing the same basic design language …
Tim Johnson / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Web Security for Enterprise now protects roaming users  —  Google Web Security for Enterprise protects organizations of all sizes against web malware attacks in real time and enables the safe, productive use of the web, without incurring hardware, upfront capital, or IT management costs.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Shores Up Apps with New Security Software
Discussion: Computerworld
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The noise reduction system  —  David Risley this morning wrote about all the noise in all these systems like Twitter and FriendFeed.  Of course that kicked off a whole discussion over on FriendFeed.  —  Oh, the glorious noise!  Everyone loves beating me up for causing the noise.  No, I am not the cause.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Shawn Fanning Finally Gets A Real Payday: Electronic Arts Buys Rupture For $30 Million  —  Shawn Fanning, best known for founding Napster, has a new job.  He will be working at Electronic Arts, which is about to buy his social-network-gaming startup Rupture for $30 million, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Discussion: Geek Gestalt
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
LIVEBLOGGING: Schmidt, Page, and Brin Speak Before Google's Annual Meeting  —  I'm sort of liveblogging a talk that Google honchos Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page is having with reporters before the company's annual meeting.  I'll post their comments in chunks as it goes along... and clean it up later.
Peter Cohen / LinuxWorld.com:
OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11  —  The OpenOffice.org Community has announced the public beta release of OpenOffice.org 3.0, a new version of the free office productivity software suite for various platforms including Mac OS X.  —  Developed as an alternative to pricey packages …
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Why the Xbox 360 will win the console war  —  Lately, there has been a considerable amount of discussion on which console will win this generation's war.  Will it be the Wii with its established base and strong sales?  Will it be the Xbox 360 with its steady growth?
Discussion: BBC
Irwin Block / canada.com:
Apple offers $45 credit for Canadian owners of older iPods  —  Following two class-action lawsuits, Apple Canada Inc. is offering $45 credits to Canadian residents who own a new first-, second- or third-generation iPod purchased before June 24, 2004.  —  The proposed settlement …
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Virgin Mobile USA In Merger Talks With Helio; Other Options Still Being Considered  —  Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM), the MVNO which just reported its Q1 earnings earlier this week, is in talks with the much smaller and troubled MVNO Helio, we have learned, even as other PE and strategic players are still circling both the companies.
 
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Blake Wharton / Inside AdWords:
Landing page load time now available on the Keyword Analysis Page
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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Sony finally offers proper Skype headset bundle for the PSP
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Best Online File Sharing Services
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
House overwhelmingly passes controversial PRO-IP Act
Discussion: Computerworld
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft trickling out its Spring Live Search update
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple developing 3D gaming controller for Apple TV
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Demands $15 Million from The Pirate Bay
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey, you got your photos in my map
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated × 2]
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans [Updated]