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12:45 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Secures $3M for Embeddable Presentations  —  Sometimes the simplest ideas are best.  While a number of startups are working to bring the whole process of creating presentations online, SlideShare recognizes that many people are mostly satisfied with PowerPoint or Keynote.
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Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
SlideShare Kicks Ass, Picks Up $3M From Venrock & Friends (+ me!)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EA To Use Controversial Internet-Required DRM On New Games  —  from the pissing-off-your-customers dept  —  SteveD writes “PC Gamers are in an uproar over a new copy projection system announced by Electronic Arts for use on their upcoming titles.  The PC-port of the successful Xbox title Mass Effect …
Discussion: DSLreports
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Report: PC gamers angry at EA DRM system  —  Over on Techdirt Thursday morning, there's a report about some angry PC users of Electronic Arts games.  —  The gamers are upset, according to a post in the Mass Effect forums, because EA is apparently implementing a new Internet-based digital …
Kenneth McCallum / Wall Street Journal:
Gates says Vista sales are ‘rapid’  —  TOKYO — Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said the sales pace of the new Windows Vista operating system has been “rapid” and the software company has sold 140 million copies globally.  —  “That's a very rapid sales rate,” Mr. Gates said at a news conference …
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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Gates: Vista is Moving at a “Rapid Sales Rate”
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long negotiations, Facebook agrees to safety plan with state AGs  —  Facebook on Thursday reached a user safety agreement with the attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia, much as rival MySpace.com did several months ago.  —  “We've agreed with 49 states and the District …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scoop: Facebook To Announce Safety And Privacy Deal With 49 States
Discussion: Bits
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Revenue for the first quarter 2008 grew to a record $225 million …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now Vonage Will Also Sell Broadband
Discussion: CNET News.com and PR Newswire
Chris Williams / The Register:
Murdoch sees MySpace miss targets  —  MySpace has missed its financial targets, showing that social networking is struggling to earn its keep - even as part of Rupert Murdoch's globe-spanning media empire.  —  News Corp said yesterday that the site will fall short of its annual revenue target of $1bn by 10 per cent.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo.com Sends a Ton of Talkative Traffic  —  Last night ReadWriteWeb got its first link on the Yahoo homepage, thanks to Yahoo Buzz - the beta social news service that is letting blogs get coverage on the world's most trafficked website.  Our initial turn on yahoo.com happened late at night, 10pm PST, and lasted around 3.5 hours.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Profile Redesign - Detailed Specs & First Impressions  —  As most people in the Facebook developer community are aware, the upcoming Facebook profile redesign is the biggest and most far-reaching project at the company so far this year.  Its impact on users and developers …
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:
TorrentSpy to appeal whopper legal judgment  —  TorrentSpy intends to appeal a court decision that requires the now-defunct search engine to pay $111 million in damages to the six largest film studios, according to the company's attorney.  —  Ira Rothken has defended TorrentSpy since 2006 …
Federal Trade Commission:
Undercover Shoppers Find it's Increasingly Difficult for Children to Buy M-Rated Games  —  Results Show Need for Continued Improvement by Movie, Music, and Some Game Retailers  —  The Federal Trade Commission today released the results of its latest nationwide undercover shop of movie theaters and movie …
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Web-based Vi text editor hits the web: text-edit from anywhere!  —  That popular Unix and Linux text editor known as Vi is now the proud brother of an online clone that should run in most javascript enabled browsers.  It's called jsvi, and now you can write your own programs and HTML code from anywhere!
Discussion: Lifehacker and franticindustries
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?  —  from the gladwell-missing-the-point dept  —  Malcolm Gladwell is a truly fantastic writer.  However, sometimes he gets so interested in making a story sound good that he misses the real point.  His latest piece for the New Yorker starts …
 
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Orb opens iPhone for TV, video
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Firefox: Can browsers make bucks?
Discussion: Mashable! and TechRadar.com
Alex / Google Sightseeing:
Street View Sabotage! [Updated]
Discussion: AppScout, Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?
Discussion: Mashable!
BBC:
Nasa set to join petaflop elite
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Gran Turismo to Bring Real Driving to Top Racers
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge delivers fast smackdown to RIAA on P2P counterclaim
Discussion: Threat Level and p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry 9000 Smartphone Review - Part III - OS4.6
Steve Lohr / Bits:
The New Hacker Economics
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Europeans, Best Buy is Coming
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
Yahoo India Search Results Combine Text, Video, and Images
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
NBC Streaming Full Episodes of 30 Rock and the Office to iPhones (for Free, No Ads!)
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Translate Becomes the Best Free Online Translator
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone No Longer Available in UK
Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
First LIVE Photos Of Paris