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3:05 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
115 CEOs Converge At Microsoft For CEO Summit  —  Microsoft's annual CEO Summit kicks off officially today with an 8:30 am keynote by Bill Gates titled “The Next Wave of Business Productivity and the Challenge of Continual Innovation.”  —  115 CEOs will attend from 26 countries, says Microsoft.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Microsoft TouchWall can inexpensively turn any flat surface into a multi-touch display  —  Bill Gates will demo a new multi-touch computer and interface today called TouchWall at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Redmond.  —  TouchWall refers to the touch screen hardware setup itself …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Gates' Last Microsoft CEO Summit
Catherine Rampell / Chronicle of Higher Education:
How It Does It: The RIAA Explains How It Catches Alleged Music Pirates  —  To catch college students trading copyrighted songs online, the Recording Industry Association of America uses the same file-sharing software that online pirates love, an RIAA representative told The Chronicle …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Wired, Let's Do This.  —  A week ago Wired Magazine voiced its displeasure over our syndication partnership with the Washington Post. … When I read this I thought “WTF?” (with an emphasis on the “F").  Wired is a competitor to TechCrunch, but we've been on friendly terms with them for years now.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Don Graham: Thar He Blows...
Discussion: PDA and GMSV
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Post, TechCrunch Mum on Syndication Deal
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
BBC:
MySpace wins bumper spam payout  —  MySpace has won a $234m (£120m) legal judgement over junk messages sent to members of the social networking site.  —  Victory in the case was awarded to MySpace after Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines, the men behind the junk mail, failed to show up in court.
Discussion: Today @ PC World and WebProNews
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Can't Catch Me... I'm the Generic C!@lis Man
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T to boost 3G speeds more than fivefold by 2009  —  AT&T said Wednesday it plans to boost the speed of its 3G wireless network to speeds of 20 megabits per second in 2009, paving the way for over-the-air downloads that are more than five times faster than what customers can achieve today.
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LiMo Foundation:
LiMo Foundation™ Expands in Breadth and Depth With Further Swell of New Members  —  Diversity of Newest Membership Intake Illustrates Powerful Momentum within the LiMo Ecosystem  —  LiMo Foundation, a global consortium of mobile leaders delivering an open handset platform …
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Verizon Joins Android Competitor
Discussion: Open Source and dailywireless.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Again Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo Again New Lows  —  Hitwise released the latest statistics for search engine share in the United States for April 2008.  Google has again hit a new high, jumping up 0.65% from the prior month's high, to 68% of the US search market.
Discussion: Digital Daily
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google edges ahead in search share
Discussion: WebProNews
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google about to launch Flash API for Maps  —  Google just published a page detailing how Flash developers can now use the Google Maps ActionScript API.  Unfortunately, as of right now all the samples still don't work, but based on the documentation from a guy who has never made anything in Flash, it looks pretty easy to use.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Inquisitr
Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 hints at 3G iPhone launch date  —  The 3G version of the iPhone will be unveiled “in the coming weeks”, the boss of Apple's exclusive mobile phone partner in the UK and Ireland hinted today.  —  Speculation is rife that Apple will reveal the 3G version of the phone at its Worldwide Developers' Conference …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Confirmed: Virgin Mobile USA and Helio in talks  —  Virgin Mobile USA and Helio have confirmed that they are in early stages of talks to merge the companies.  —  On Tuesday Virgin Mobile issued a statement that the two companies were in talks, and a Helio spokesman confirmed the news.
Discussion: Computerworld
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David Reiss / Facebook Developers:
Using Facebook Chat via Jabber  —  Since the launch of Facebook Chat, we've received a lot of positive feedback from users about being able to connect instantly with their friends on Facebook.  With Chat fully launched and growing steadily, we've started working on more new features to enhance the Chat experience.
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Workday Lands Software Industry's Biggest SaaS Deal  —  The deal, for 200,000 users, marks a tipping point in the interest and use of on-demand software among large companies.  —  On-demand software startup Workday has clinched its biggest deal yet — and the largest known in the software industry …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Friend Connect, Open Social, Ning, and the web  —  First, I'm very happy to say that Ning will be rolling out our formal production support for Open Social in June.  —  In case you missed the news at the time, Open Social is a standard way, sponsored by Google, to build new features ("gadgets" …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Travel Search Engine UpTake Launches  —  According to a comScore study done last year, booking travel over the Internet has become something of a nightmare for people.  It's not that using any of the booking engines is difficult, it's just that there is so much information out there that planning a vacation is overwhelming.
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Qtrax Signs With Last of Big Four Music Publishers
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Embarq CFO: May drop wireless customers after 2009
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
NBC-Vista copy-protection snafu reminds us why DRM stinks
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Flock social web browser adds Digg, Pownce, and AOL Mail support
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
RIM, IBM Get Social With Software
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Discussion: Open Source
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
For developers, the Facebook hype machine is slowing down
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
No off switch: “Hyperconnectivity” on the rise
Discussion: Payments News
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Magnify: another approach to online video guides
Anne B. Camden / Your Blog:
Calling All Gamers...  I'm guessing that most hardcore gamers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Report: Al Gore's CurrentTV Offered $100 Million For Digg In 2006
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