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3:45 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store  —  Favorites Including “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” Now Available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple® today announced that programming from HBO is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).
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AppleInsider:   New Time Machine option in 10.5.3; Boston store opens Thursday
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder, the touchscreen BlackBerry we've all been waiting for  —  Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, it's only fitting that we follow up and give y'all the real lowdown on it!  This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many.
CNBC.com:
Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is considering launching a proxy fight at Yahoo, according to people who have spoken with Icahn.  —  Icahn has declined to comment.  —  Late last week, Icahn began building a significant position in Yahoo …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholder bows out of launching proxy fight, Icahn to step in?
HP:
HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion  — EDS shareholders to receive $25.00 per share in cash for each EDS share  — Transaction expected to more than double HP's revenue from services, furthering its standing as world's largest technology company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2008
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
HP-EDS: It's About The Clouds, Baby!  —  Updated: With the Microsoft-Yahoo battle fading from the dynamic random memories of our over stimulated brains, it is time to turn our attention to Hewlett-Packard's $13.9 billion deal to acquire EDS, a services giant in its own right.  The news was announced this morning.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009  —  Why is Microsoft (MSFT) so concerned about Google?  (GOOG) Lots of reasons, one of which is this: By this time next year, Google's search business will be larger and more profitable than the most profitable and legendary monopoly in history—Microsoft Windows.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled  —  Eric Schmidt was doing his level best late last week not to gloat.  With Microsoft dropping its attempted takeover of Yahoo, the Google chief executive had just seen his arch-rival abandon its most direct attack yet on Google's growing dominance of online search and advertising.
Android Developers Blog:
The Top 50 Applications  —  As you may have heard, the results from Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 were announced to all the participants late last week.  We're still working on pulling together a more extensive listing for each application that made it into the top 50 …
PubMatic:
Online Advertising Impacted by U.S. Economic Slowdown  —  PubMatic Ad Network Pricing Index Shows 23 percent Drop in Ad Rates  —  PubMatic (www.pubmatic.com), the world's first service that automates and optimizes ad inventory decision-making for Web publishers, today released …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Finally, a Sign of Online Ad Weakness?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Furrier.org
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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.
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Travis Hudson / Today @ PC World:   Dell Halts High-End XPS Production
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
EarthLink, Inc.:
EarthLink to Discontinue Operation of Its Municipal Wi-Fi Network in Philadelphia  —  Decision comes after EarthLink's agreement to transfer network to non-profit for free unravels  —  Wi-Fi customers notified about 30-day transition period and alternative access offers
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Server 2008 goes down-market  —  Microsoft is set to announce Tuesday that it is launching a “public preview” program for two server products based on its Windows Server 2008 operating system.  —  The products, one aimed at small business and the other at midsize firms …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
StumbleUpon's Stumble Video adds new content partners  —  Media “discovery” site StumbleUpon announced Tuesday that its video service, Stumble Video, has a host of new content available: content sites College Humor, Funny or Die, and VBS.tv, as well as video-hosting sites Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Veoh.
Discussion: Beet.TV, NewTeeVee and CenterNetworks
Opera:
Opera Mini — the people's choice  —  Today, Opera Software announced the availability of Opera Mini 4.1, the newest version of the award-winning browser that works on nearly every mobile phone.  Opera Mini 4.1 revolutionizes the way people get the Web on their Mobile phone.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Introduces Group Albums to Make Sharing Simple  —  Photobucket, one of the web's most visited sites and home to billions of photos, is introducing a new feature dubbed “Group Albums”.  The feature will allow multiple friends to add their photos and videos to a shared album …
 
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Microsoft:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: We'll Go Online When I Get Paid
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Times Reader Beta for Mac Coming This Month
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Microsoft:
New Microsoft LifeCam Bends Over Backward for You
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
More Than Half Of Yahoo's Paid Search Clicks Come From Partners
Wall Street Journal:
New ABC Show: Ad Dollars at Work
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
AT&T Building Out CDN, Preparing To Push Into The Market
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Larry Ellison have the best SaaS strategy?
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Finding cracks in Facebook
Discussion: All Facebook
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Jackpot! $15 million for Social Gaming Network
Discussion: VentureBeat and BoomTown