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11:00 AM ET, May 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy  —  My ex-boss, John Furrier, goes after Facebook after Facebook blocked Google's Friend Connect from using its API to inport friends from Facebook into Google's Friend Connect.  —  I saw Dave Morin, who runs Facebook's developer platform, at Google's event Monday night.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children  —  After a years-long dispute, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child said Thursday that they had reached an agreement to offer Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining …
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Bender Creates Sugar Labs—New Foundation to Adapt OLPC's Laptop Interface for Other Machines  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Walter Bender, the former president of software and content for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, contacted Xconomy this morning to alert us to the creation of Sugar Labs …
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Microsoft Joins One Laptop per Child
Discussion: 901am
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Poor Children Of The World No Longer Will Have To Struggle With Linux
Discussion: Webreakstuff
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Discussion: Electronista
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Windows XP on OLPC XO Laptop Now Official
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3  —  Apple is moving toward the release of a redesigned MacBook, a new report emanating from the company's Asian Mac manufacturers claims.  —  AU Optronics Corp. and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. have been signed-up to produce flat-panel screens for the new MacBook models …
Discussion: Electronista
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
France Telecom to carry Apple's iPhone to Africa and beyond
Reuters:
Orange to sell iPhone in Europe, Mid East, Africa
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry To Yahoos: Please Keep Working!  Jerry To Bosses: Here's What To Say (YHOO)
Discussion: Valleywag
Shadowmite.com Blog:
Treo 800 Prototype picture  —  Someone stopped into our chat room today with this to show us:  —  Its a CDMA WM Treo 800, but according to our source in the Ukraine it is also known as the Palm Zeppelin.  More details will follow, as we are unsure of the pixel count on the screen as well as several other important details.
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Chris Davies / PHONE Magazine:
Palm Treo 800w CDMA live pic shows up
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
New York Post:
YAHOO! SEEKING OPEN ALLIANCE WITH GOOGLE  —  Yahoo! executives are scrambling to finalize a search-advertising pact with Google in the face of a fresh challenge to its independence from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources close to the situation …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Laser Logo  —  This is one of the weirder and more interesting logos to show on the Google homepage: in disco neon colors, Google today celebrates the anniversary of the first laser.  Wikipedia explains (footnotes removes, my emphasis):  —  A laser is an electronic-optical device that emits coherent light radiation.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US?  Be sure to hide all your data first  —  Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.  They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and Slashdot
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets ‘Scary’ Legal Precedent  —  In their eagerness to visit justice on a 49-year-old woman involved in the Megan Meier MySpace suicide tragedy, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are resorting to a novel and dangerous interpretation …
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Social Media Evil: Lori Drew and the Dark Side of MySpace
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Treo meets iPhone  —  There is soon to be a flood of new mobile phones to hit the street using Google's new open source Android OS platform.  RKS design consultants of southern California have just introduced their entry into this soon-to-be-ubiquitous mobile platform with this “Mimique” design.
Discussion: textually.org and Ubergizmo
Ryan Spoon:
Disqus - After 5 Days on Disqus, I'm Turning Back to Wordpress Comments  —  I'm an avid reader of Fred Wilson's blog and was tempted to test-drive Disqus when Fred first integrated it onto his site.  I finally decided to install it on my blog (which is powered by Wordpress) after Fred wrote his post “Three Reasons to Use Disqus”.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE.  DOES.  NOT MARKET.  EXCEPT WHEN IT DOES.  —  Over the years I have often pondered the connundrum of Google as a marketing driven company.  On the one hand, this company is entirely driven by marketing - hundreds of thousands of businesses, small and large, marketing themselves through …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around  — January 2000: CNET Aquires MySimon for $700 million  — October 2000: CNET Acquires Ziff Davis (ZDNet) for $1.6 billion (after the March 2000 stock crash)  — July 2004: CNET Acquires Webshots for $70 million
 
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