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8:35 PM ET, May 19, 2008

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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: Tech-Ex
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google Health launches; Read the terms of service  —  Google Health has launched for the masses, but watch those terms of usage closely.  —  Google Health, which is expected to officially launch at a Google event today (see Google Webcast, Techmeme and Google Blogoscoped coverage), is now available to the average bear.
Marissa Mayer / Official Google Blog:
A peek into our search factory  —  Today we hosted an informal gathering — a factory tour of sorts — to offer a glimpse into what we think is most exciting about search, and where innovation is most likely to come from.  We also gave an update on Google Health.
Mike Yang / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google Health, privacy, and HIPAA
Discussion: Webware.com
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Screen Shots Of Google Health
Discussion: Andy Beard and WebProNews
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Health Launches
Discussion: Gear Diary
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft plan on Yahoo involves buying search: source  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has proposed an alternative deal to Yahoo Inc, a complex transaction that would include just buying Yahoo's search business, rather than a full-blown buyout, a person familiar with the discussions said on Monday.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Moving Towards Checkmate
Times of London:
Google mulls Microsoft response
Discussion: CNET News.com
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Google mulls Microsoft response
Discussion: Coop's Corner and The Inquisitr
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Not Selling-Well, Not Yet! And IPO? Try 2010 or Later!
Discussion: Furrier.org, Valleywag and Reuters
Umair Haque:
The Microsoft vs Google Endgame
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?
Daisuke Wakabayashi / eWeek:
Microsoft Braces for Major Customer Shift  —  Shifting to a business model that may thin profit margins but generate more revenue.  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp sees tens of millions of corporate e-mail accounts moving to its data centers over the next five years …
Discussion: Rough Type and DygiScape
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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
hsgac.senate.gov:
LIEBERMAN CALLS ON GOOGLE TO TAKE DOWN TERRORIST CONTENT  —  YouTube Videos Are Produced by Al Qaeda and Other Terror Organizations; Videos Show Attacks on U.S. Soldiers, Civilians  —  WASHINGTON - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn. …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple's market share of PCs over $1,000 hits 66%  —  Here's a new way to slice Apple's growing share of the computer market.  —  Last March, the NPD Group reported that Apple's retail market share — its cut of the computers sold in brick-and-mortar stores — had climbed to 14% …
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cleaning up in $1,000-plus retail market
Discussion: TechSpot
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
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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, MacUser and Computerworld
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Web monitoring for ads?  It may be illegal  —  Online advertising has ballooned into a roughly $45 billion-a-year business, to the benefit of Google, Yahoo, ad networks, and innumerable speciality and hobbyist Web sites.  —  One corner of this ecosystem that hasn't managed to cash in on advertising is …
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 …
 
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