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5:20 PM ET, May 19, 2008

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Microsoft will buy Facebook and keep it closed  —  It no longer is about Data Portability or Social Graph Portability, if you will.  —  I'm hearing these rumors too that John Furrier (my ex-boss) is reporting.  That Microsoft will buy Yahoo's search and then buy Facebook for $15 to $20 billion.
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Rajas Moonka / Official Google Blog:
Opening our content network to third parties  —  Today, we're announcing that Google is accepting third-party advertising tags on the Google content network in North America.  This will empower advertisers to work with approved third parties to serve and track display ads, including rich media ads …
John Furrier / Furrier.org:
Silicon Valley Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Search and Then Facebook  —  My sources say that the Yahoo and Microsoft teams are bunkered down in a Palo Alto hotel hammering out the final stages of a transaction that will have Microsoft picking up the Yahoo search business.  Word is that this deal will be done this week.
Umair Haque:
The Microsoft vs Google Endgame  —  Today, something really interesting happened.  Both Google and Microsoft are making fairly dramatic strategic moves.  But the moves they're making are polar, extreme opposites: the contrast between them couldn't be sharper or starker.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Needs To Do Something. …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Factory Tour: Google Health Launched  —  Today starting at 9:30am Californian time, Google is holding a press event in their Mountain View headquarters lasting until noon (another factory tour was held in 2005).  Google announced they will give insights into search, with Google's R.J. Pittman …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Health: A Quick Hands-On Look  —  Now that Google Health has finally launched, I took a quick peek at it while Mark was taking notes at today's Google Factory Tour presentation.  It's been a long time coming, but at first glance it looks like it will be a strong competitor …
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
Marissa Mayer / Official Google Blog:
A peek into our search factory
Discussion: eWeek
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Health launches (no, really)
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live: Google Health Launches At Factory Tour of Search
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Steve Ballmer egged at Hungarian University  —  Wow.  It's tough to be CEO of a multi-billion dollar software company these days, what with it being so difficult to extend desktop monopoly to the web and getting egged during speeches....  Yes, egged.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was egged …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Who's Got Egg on the Face Here? … [Editor's Note: Video streams slowly.]  —  Supposedly, the incident happened today at Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary.  A student wearing a shirt with “Microsoft=Corruption” on the back, interrupted Steve's speech with shouting.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Egg-thrower makes Ballmer scramble
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:
Microsoft braces for major customer shift  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) sees tens of millions of corporate e-mail accounts moving to its data centers over the next five years, shifting to a business model that may thin profit margins but generate more revenue.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: Half of Exchange inboxes to be Microsoft-hosted in five years  —  While all the interest Microsoft's potential “transaction” with Yahoo is getting, it's easy to forget that online advertising isn't Microsoft's only strategy for monetizing its current and future Web-centric services.
Discussion: Rough Type
Reuters:
Sybase iPhone software ready “soon”
Discussion: Macsimum News
Judith Burns / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Sues Former AOL Executives In Online Ad-Revenue Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges Monday against eight former executives at AOL Time Warner Inc., alleging they took part in a scheme that caused the company to overstate its online advertising revenue by more than $1 billion.
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Drew Cullen / The Register:   SEC charges eight ex-AOL TW execs with civil fraud
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Social network death spiral: How Metcalfe's Law can work against you  —  Metcalfe's Law  —  Does everyone remember Metcalfe's Law?  It was formulated by Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet and co-founder of 3Com, who stated: … For those that are interested in the math behind it …
Discussion: The Social Times
Josh / Redeye VC:
Facebook's new Fortune 500 Advertiser...  While the blogosphere buzzes about Facebook's banning of Google Friend Connect, it appears that Google is not entirely a “persona non grata” at Facebook.  It seems that Google, the Internet advertising superpower, is actually purchasing advertising on Facebook's Ad Platform.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica acquired by Condé Nast: the low-down  —  In less than a month, Ars Technica will be 10 years old.  In 10 years time we've accomplished much, but uncovered far more work we want to do.  For the past six months, we've been obsessed internally with the question …
Discussion: BoomTown and MacUser
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
After Forays With ABC and HBO, a Video Blogger Returns to Video Blogging  —  “It's weird,” Amanda Congdon says, looking off-camera, eyeing her own image reflected on the computer screen in her Los Angeles apartment.  “It's just weird when you come back.”  —  Ms. Congdon, 26 …
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
JVC Intros “YouTube Camcorder”  —  JVC launched its entry into the “YouTube camcorder” space this morning.  Firmly targeted at the space pioneered by Pure Digital's Flip Ultra video camera, which managed to capture some 17-percent of the digital camcorder marketplace with its low-quality …
 
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