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8:55 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft Research launches WorldWide Telescope, Scoble cries  —  You probably have heard about Microsoft Research's WorldWide Telescope referred to as “the thing that made Robert Scoble cry”.  Today, the world finally gets to check out what all the buzz is about.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Microsoft launches space tours on the Web  —  A view of space from Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope  —  Microsoft is ready to boldly take Web surfers where no man has gone before.  —  The software giant on Monday launched its WorldWide Telescope, a free Web-based program that allows Web surfers …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Friend Connect Tries to Strangle the Social  —  Later tonight Google will launch a new service called Friend Connect, aiming to “bring the social” to any page around the web.  Unfortunately the service takes a bunch of open technical standards yearning to see the light …
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Friend Connect gets a warm reception at Google Campfire One  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Maybe it was because Google preaching to the social-networking choir, or maybe it was the toasty campfires and hot cocoa, but demonstrations of Google's new Friend Connect service seemed generally well received Monday night.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:   Google helps the web to go social
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Office sales soar on Apple's gains  —  While Apple's market share gains are cause for consternation for many in Redmond, one unit is clearly benefiting.  —  Microsoft's Mac unit is set to disclose on Tuesday that copies of the new Office for Mac 2008 are flying off the shelves at three times the rate of its predecessor.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Mac BU Delivers Strongest Launch in History of Office for Mac  —  Group releases Service Pack 1, announces the return of Visual Basic for Applications in next version.  —  Microsoft Corp.'s Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) today announced details about the success of Office 2008 …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Gates: Windows 7 will “take less memory, be more efficient”  —  It can be argued that Microsoft's main focus with Windows Vista was security.  While sceptics try to claim that there has not been much improvement, Vista does appear to be Microsoft's most secure OS to date.
Discussion: Business Week
Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Brand new Google Reader for iPhone  —  Mobile web browsers have come a long way since we first introduced an XHTML version of Reader back in 2006.  For example, iPhone and iPod Touch owners know how powerful having a full-featured browser is.  We on the Reader team are heavy mobile Safari users.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's bid for EDS: Opportunity costs loom  —  The debate around Hewlett-Packard's purchase of Electronic Data Systems follows three primary questions.  Is the EDS acquisition another Compaq-a deal that will take years to pay off?  Is EDS the right acquisition for HP?  Are there other places where HP should spend its money?
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Near Deal to Buy EDS
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs  —  One of the most frustrating tasks about my job is finding reliable traffic and other usage data about websites.  —  But today, Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer said they may fix that problem in the future …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Yelp Works  —  When Yelp launched in early 2005, I yawned.  Who needs another site where people review restaurants and other local businesses?  It's one of the oldest ideas on the Internet.  Citysearch, the leader, continues to struggle to find a sustainable business model more than a decade after its founding.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Where does Google go next?  —  Yes, it's making gobs of money.  Yes, it's full of smart people.  Yes, it's a wonderful place to work.  So why are so many people leaving?  —  (Fortune) — Sean Knapp had it made.  As a young computer scientist, he couldn't have had a better gig: working at Google, the engineer's paradise.
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs  —  Company to Drop Some Niche Models In Bet on Alienware  —  Dell Inc. is taking a surprising step to reinvigorate its business in specialty gaming personal computers: abandoning several of its most popular models to focus on what it sees as its premium line.
CBC News:
Bell accused of privacy invasion  —  University of Ottawa legal clinic urges investigation of internet traffic shaping  —  The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, a University of Ottawa legal clinic specializing in internet- and other technology-related law …
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Alienware to bring out low-cost AMD graphics powerhouse
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Hal Varian / Official Google Blog:
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Giant Missle Command: The Best Use of Multitouch to Date
David Kravets / Threat Level:
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Sun Latches on to AMD Opteron ‘Barcelona’
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Your iPhone Can Record Videos, Too
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft denies Zune copyright cop
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Mark Evans and ReadWriteWeb
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Blogs and the attribution dilemma
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Yahoo Woe (Where On Earth, that is) IDs.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter and the Architectural Challenges of Life Streaming Applications
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Scoop: GameStop Reveals That When It Comes to Grand Theft Auto IV …
Jake / 8Bit Joystick.com:
Xbox to Unveil Accessory Lips Tomorrow
Wall Street Journal:
Shape of Things to Come
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
My New Adventure  —  As I've often said, I'm one lucky guy.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Valleywag and Epicenter