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5:05 PM ET, May 12, 2008

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Sean Carlson / Google:
Previewing Google Friend Connect: Website owners can make any site social  —  Easily insert social features to make “any app, any site, any friends” a reality  —  Tonight at Campfire One at the Googleplex (http://code.google.com/campfire/ ), Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) will announce …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Friend Connect  —  As we reported on Friday, Google will be launching its own data portability effort called Friend Connect.  It will be announcing more details about the preview later tonight, but in a press release this morning it confirms:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Friend Connect Tries to Strangle the Social
Discussion: FactoryCity
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:   New Google Service Makes Web Pages Social
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T now showing “iPhone Black” model in device listing  —  AT&T Wireless, Apple's exclusive iPhone provider in the United States, is now listing a second model of the iPhone in its device database called “iPhone Black,” AppleInsider has been informed.  —  The finding, discovered by a reader …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
3G iPhone: Steve Jobs to deliver keynote June 9  —  Although no official announcement has been made, Apple public relations confirmed to Fortune that Steve Jobs will deliver a keynote address on June 9, the first day of the 2008 World Wide Developers conference.
Discussion: One More Thing and MacRumors
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Near Deal to Buy EDS  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and $13 billion, according to people familiar with the mater.  —  The terms of the deal were not immediately clear but an announcement was expected soon, the people said.
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Business Wire:
HP Confirms It is in Talks with EDS Regarding Possible Business Combination  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today confirmed that it is engaged in advanced discussions with Electronic Data Systems Corporation regarding a possible business combination involving the two companies.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
HP (HPQ) Close To $12-13 Billion Deal For EDS (EDS)
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP bidding for EDS; Deal would ramp up services
Discussion: PR Newswire
Microsoft:
Microsoft and RIM to Bring Windows Live Services to BlackBerry Smartphone Customers  —  Agreement will enhance the communications experience on BlackBerry smartphones through popular Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger services.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion (RIM) …
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Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone  —  Top of the line BlackBerry smartphone features premium design and unprecedented performance; perfect for business professionals and power users.  —  Waterloo, ON - For customers seeking a smartphone that makes a bold statement, Research In Motion …
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:   First look: Microsoft enters social video with Messenger TV
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Beats (Wow, By 3 Minutes) The USGS With China Earthquake News  —  Hey, I like Twitter, but this entire thing Robert Scoble started about how Twitter had news of the Chinese earthquake before the US Geological Survey seemed absurd.  Did it really?  As it turns out, probably so — by about three minutes.
Discussion: GMSV and CNET News.com
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Portfolio:
HBO In Your Pocket  —  Apple is close to announcing it has signed a deal to sell HBO programs and movies on the iTunes website, according to HBO employees involved in executing the agreement.  —  The deal marks the first time that Apple has agreed to a separate price structure for a content provider, one of the employees said.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Ars Technica Has No Shame, But That's Nothing New  —  MG Siegler has this well-justified rant against uber-tech news site Ars Technica.  His basic complaint is that Ars Technica is “really good at stealing other's ideas” because they ripped off a piece he did likening the global spread of the iPhone to the game of Risk.
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft exec Raikes named Gates Foundation CEO  —  Bill Gates, preparing to shift to full-time philanthropy at the end of June, has chosen one of his longtime Microsoft lieutenants as the chief executive of his foundation.  Jeff Raikes, the retiring Microsoft Business Division president …
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Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Foundation Names Microsoft Veteran as CEO
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows XP SP3 blame game begins  —  AMD feels the heat as Microsoft goes AWOL on fix  —  Microsoft has so far failed to provide any plausible solution to Windows XP customers who have seen their PCs crippled by the install of service pack three (SP3).  —  In the meantime …
Discussion: LinuxInsider and Hardware 2.0
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
XP update throws some for a loop
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Earlier today we shipped a public beta of our upcoming .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008 SP1 releases.  These servicing updates provide a roll-up of bug fixes and performance improvements for issues reported since we released the products last November.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bold new BlackBerry 9000 to take on expected 3G iPhone  —  RIM said “hello” to the iPhone this morning when it introduced the long-anticipated BlackBerry 9000, also known as the BlackBerry Bold.  Aside from its dashing good looks, the Bold has tweaks under the hood that not only improve upon …
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Social-networking sites work to turn users into profits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the burning question in tech circles, and Mike Murphy answers it before it is completed.  —  “I hear it every time I'm on a (tech) panel,” Murphy, Facebook's vice president of media sales, says with a wry smile.
Discussion: paidContent.org
PR Newswire:
SIRIUS Reports First Quarter 2008 Results  —  SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI - News) today announced first quarter 2008 financial results, including a 33% increase in revenue to $270.4 million, total subscribers in excess of 8.6 million and a 55% decrease in the adjusted loss from operations.
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Apple and Eve  —  Revealed: The heroine of Pixar's new release, Wall-E, was born from an iPod.  —  LOS ANGELES (Fortune) — In Pixar Films' upcoming animation epic, “Wall-E,” the title character is a cute but clunky robot whose centuries of solitude on an abandoned Earth is broken by the arrival …
 
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