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2:45 PM ET, May 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Embraces Data Portability, 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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DataPortability:
MySpace officially joins the DataPortability Project  —  The DataPortability Project wishes to welcome MySpace, the Internet's largest social network, as the latest member of the initiative.  MySpace joins other existing corporate members such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Digg.
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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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:   Gates: Vista is doing just fine
Reuters:
Microsoft: No plans for another bid for Yahoo
Discussion: The Register and Beyond Binary
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Gates: Vista is Moving at a “Rapid Sales Rate”
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
After long negotiations, Facebook agrees to safety plan with state AGs  —  This post was updated at 11:02 AM PT with comment from MySpace.  —  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.
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook and 49 Attorney Generals Join Forces
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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 …
Mark Evans:
Is Flickr Worth $4-Billion?  —  In the wake of Microsoft's aborted courtship of Yahoo and Jerry “Oh, did you increase your offer?”  Yang, there's bound to be a lot of scrutiny about what's next for Yahoo.  —  One asset that's well known but perhaps not scrutinized from an investment perspective is Flickr …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CyberNet and Switched
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Officially Lists Wi-Fi Hotspot Access with iPhone Plans  —  AT&T's iPhone website (under ‘Plans’ tab) has been updated to reveal that each iPhone plan now includes access to their “more than 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, including Starbucks all for use in the U.S.”
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
 
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
House wants copyright czar, new piracy penalties
Discussion: Christopher Null
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2008
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
TinEye: Search the Web with images instead of words
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo tests revamped search with ‘Glue Pages’
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA: DRM not dead and likely will make comeback
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Hey, you got your photos in my map
PRWeb:
Free Asus Eee PC from PowerupMobile.com
Discussion: Engadget, Ubergizmo and Gearlog
Reuters:
Nintendo Wii makes Yamauchi Japan's richest: Forbes
Discussion: Geek Gestalt and GamePro.com
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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: Gizmodo, AppScout and CNET News.com
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Gran Turismo to Bring Real Driving to Top Racers
The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's BlackBerry 8330 finally available this Friday
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge delivers fast smackdown to RIAA on P2P counterclaim
Discussion: Threat Level and p2pnet
Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Web-based Vi text editor hits the web: text-edit from anywhere!
Chris Williams / The Register:
Murdoch sees MySpace miss targets
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Secures $3M for Embeddable Presentations