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3:45 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
Discussion: Microsoft and Furrier.org
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Every surface to be a computer
Discussion: GigaOM
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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Electronista:
AT&T plans 20-megabit 3G by 2009  —  AT&T's cellular Internet access will be more than five times faster in 2009 than it is this year, the company's mobility chief Ralph de la Vega said today at Morgan Stanley's annual Communications Conference.  The executive says that the company's HSPA …
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Don Graham: Thar He Blows...  Another day, another tech blog eruption featuring Michael “The Volcano” Arrington of TechCrunch and, this time, Wired's Betsy “Ain't-Backing-Down” Schiffman.  —  When last we checked in with Arrington, he was elegantly telling Chris Shipley …
Discussion: PDA, Valleywag and GMSV
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Fred / A VC:
Disqus and Seesmic Pair Up For Video Comments  —  First, let me say that I am not sure about the utility of video comments.  I've seen them and even viewed them on Techcrunch and I think they slow down and break up the conversation more than they contribute to it.
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Daniel / Disqus:
Disqus: Now with 100% more video
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 forward in search share
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Magnify: another approach to online video guides  —  I wrote a post last month about the dearth of truly useful guides to the growing mass of video available online.  Magnify.net is one of the companies responsible for creating that mass; its platform is home to 37,000 channels of niche online programming …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Magnify's New Blogging Plugin Tries to Make Multimedia Simple
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Peter Horan Leaving IAC To Be CEO, Goodmail Systems  —  paidContent has confirmed that Peter Horan is leaving IAC, where he is CEO of IAC Media & Advertising, to become CEO of Goodmail Systems.  Reached by phone, Horan told me that he has given two weeks notice and will be joining the certified email company.
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News
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 …
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.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Five-inch econo E Ink reader will go on sale in the U.S. next month: Astak's price in the $150 range?  —  Astak's rumored $150-so-so E Ink reader with a five-inch screen was unveiled at the IDPF conference today.  It's to go on sale next month in the States, with other models following in July.
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Overstock.com to NY: Not tax dollars for you!
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony sees an end to red ink in video game business in coming year
Discussion: TG Daily and Game|Life
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Qtrax Signs With Last of Big Four Music Publishers
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:
Rumored Xbox 360 Spring Update Touts “Motion Sensor” Features, Game Installs
Roy Mark / eWeek:
RIM, IBM Get Social With Software
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Can Icahn Get MSFT Back To The Table?
InfoWorld:
Fedora 9: Linux examined
Discussion: Open Source
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
For developers, the Facebook hype machine is slowing down
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Workday Lands Software Industry's Biggest SaaS Deal
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
No off switch: “Hyperconnectivity” on the rise
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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