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9:30 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Comcast Bought Plaxo, Deal Closed Today  —  The rumors were accurate: Comcast will announce their acquisition of social contact list Plaxo today.  Financial terms are not being disclosed, but the purchase price is between $150 and $170 million.  Plaxo, which was founded in 2002 …
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John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Comcast to Acquire Plaxo; Pulse to Become Central to Creating Unified “Social Media” Experience Across the Web, the TV (and more)  —  Big doings at Plaxo today!  We are really excited to announce some of the biggest news in the history of Plaxo: We have just signed an agreement** to be acquired by Comcast …
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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Will Launch Proxy Contest To Unseat Yahoo's Entire Board  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is launching a proxy contest to unseat Yahoo Inc.'s board of directors, according to a person close to the matter — a move aimed at pressuring the Internet company to reach out to Microsoft Corp. to re-start sale discussions.
Arn / MacRumors:
Intel Confirms Atom-based Larger iPhone (Mini-Tablet)?  —  According to ZDNet.de, Intel Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer confirmed that Apple would be using the Intel Atom processor in a future version of the iPhone.  The new model will reportedly be a larger model with a larger display …
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AppleInsider:
Intel exec vouches for Atom-based Apple Newton tablet - report
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Would you like to video chat and watch TV on the 3G iPhone?
Discussion: AppleInsider, Engadget and Gizmodo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
AT&T promises Wi-Fi speeds on its 3G network by 2009
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple's WWDC sold out for the first time in history
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Beating Google ?  —  Is there anything more fun than sitting around, growing your hair, drinking a Bud while listening to Jethro Tull and pondering how to change the balance of power in the search world and unseat Google ?  —  Better search ?  Too subjective.  Better monetization ?  After the fact.
Discussion: The Gong Show
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T limits iPhone purchases to one per customer  —  A “breaking news” bulletin was just sent out to all AT&T Retail employees today stating that they have started limiting iPhone purchases to one per customer.  The email isn't exciting, but the inventory is definitely starting to dry up.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Become Wikis  —  Google Spreadsheets added an option in the sharing dialog that allows anyone to view or edit the spreadsheet just by knowing the URL.  Until now, you had to send an invitation URL that contained a secret code and the people you invited had to login using a Google account.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Search Engine Blekko Gets Money From Marc Andreessen, SoftTech  —  2008 is the year of the search engine startup.  Hot on the heels of Powerset's partial launch earlier this week, stealth search engine Blekko (no logo, no website, just this and, apparently, some technology) raised a second round of financing.
eMarketer:
Social Networking Ad Spending Update  —  eMarketer has revised its US social network ad spending projections, estimating that advertisers will spend $1.4 billion to place ads on online social networks this year, down from the previous projection of $1.6 billion.
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Xbox 360 hits 10 million sold in U.S.  —  Microsoft said on Wednesday that its Xbox 360 has become the first next-generation video game console to hit 10 million units sold in the United States.  —  Further, said Aaron Greenberg, director of product management for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live …
 
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Is HTML a Humane Markup Language?
James Sherwood / The Register:
Atari unveils Wii Fit rival
Discussion: TG Daily
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter is Down; I Blame the Democrats
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Jaman Launches Free Streamed Movies In Browser
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
AT&T now has refurbished 16GB iPhones for $349
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CBS Will Lonelygirlize its TV Shows
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Mozilla CEO John Lilly Reveals More Details On Stealth Data Project
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 Earlier Items: 
Stew / TechnoVoyance:
The Coolest Ever Pico-ITX Board
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Study: Pirates cost software industry $48 billion
Discussion: Techdirt
Jordan Golson / Gizmodo:
Media Day At The Boylston Street Apple Store
InfoWorld:
Hacker writes rootkit for Cisco's routers
Discussion: Techdirt
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Overstock.com to NY: Not tax dollars for you!
Discussion: Bits and TechCrunch
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Again Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo Again New Lows
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Five-inch econo E Ink reader will go on sale in the U.S. next month …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google about to launch Flash API for Maps
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Inquisitr
 

 
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
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Peter Kafka / Business Insider:
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