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7:20 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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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 …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates shows Microsoft ‘TouchWall’ prototype
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digital Daily
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Every surface to be a computer
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News.com
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, Gizmodo and Engadget
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
AT&T promises Wi-Fi speeds on its 3G network by 2009
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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 and Macsimum News
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.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AT&T now limiting iPhone sales to one, requiring credit card
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Reuters:
Financier Icahn to run board slate for Yahoo: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has elected to move ahead with plans to run a dissident board slate at Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Can Icahn Get MSFT Back To The Table?
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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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
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.
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:
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
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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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Study: Pirates cost software industry $48 billion
Jordan Golson / Gizmodo:
Media Day At The Boylston Street Apple Store
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Become Wikis
InfoWorld:
Hacker writes rootkit for Cisco's routers
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Network TV Dumps Digital From The Ad Sales Pitch
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Accenture Buys Digital Video Services Company Origin Digital
Discussion: Contentinople and NewTeeVee
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Peter Horan Leaving IAC To Be CEO, Goodmail Systems
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Overstock.com to NY: Not tax dollars for you!
Discussion: Bits and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
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
Nick / Rough Type:
Gilligan's web  —  Despite the party-pooperism of the Deletionists …
Discussion: Technovia
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Five-inch econo E Ink reader will go on sale in the U.S. next month …
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Workday Lands Software Industry's Biggest SaaS Deal
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
No off switch: “Hyperconnectivity” on the rise
Discussion: All About Nortel
David Reiss / Facebook Developers:
Using Facebook Chat via Jabber