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11:10 AM 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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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Memo to Carl: MicroHooGooCahnFace
Microsoft:
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!
Business Wire:
AOL Completes Acquisition Of Global Social Media Network Bebo  —  Company Announces New AOL People Networks Business Unit, Led by Joanna Shields  —  AOL Focused on Growth in Three Key Areas - Publishing, People Networks and Advertising  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AOL-Bebo: $850M Deal Closes; AOL Combines Bebo, AIM, ICQ Into People Networks Headed By Shields  —  It's official—AOL (NYSE: TWX) now owns Bebo, closing the $850 million acquisition roughly two months after making it public.  The social media network will not stand on its own; instead …
Financial Times:
Yahoo could lose Bebo ads deal
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   AOL Bebo-tizes its social properties; Forms People Networks unit
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Wants More Mobile Music From Labels  —  As part of Apple's efforts to improve on the shortcomings of its popular iPhone, the company has approached some of the major music labels to try to expand the variety of ringtones and other musical features available on the device, several label executives said last week.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Mobile music to play a key role in the 3G iPhone?
Arn / MacRumors:   Apple in Mobile Music Negotiations... for WWDC?
InfoWorld:
Facebook CEO wants to talk with Google on Friend Connect  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to sit down with Google and work out the privacy issues that caused Facebook to block Google's Friend Connect last week, he said Monday.  —  “We want to talk to Google about this and see if there's …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News.com and My Blog Posts
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
After Google calls Facebook's bluff, Zuckerberg says “let's see if there's a way to make it work” [data portability]  —  When Google announced its ‘Friend Connect’ product to deliver social networking features to the ‘long tail’ of the Web, the option “to see, invite, and interact with …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Will Gmail Get Themes?  —  A source is telling me that Gmail will get themes - custom layouts to personalize Google's web mail client.  According to the source, the launch of this may happen within the next months.  There will be 12 themes to pick from, according to this information …
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google Enables Third Party Tracking For Content Network
louisgray.com:
Blogging 2.0 Causing Friction With 1.0 Bloggers  —  Duncan Riley is on a roll.  After a multitude of posts from around the Web this weekend once again debating whether comments away from the blog were a good thing, or if new Web services like Twitter and FriendFeed were useful or were instead creating …
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Blogging 2.0: It's All About The User
Discussion: TechTicker
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Mobile software Monday: Opera Mobile 9.5  —  One of the primary functions I perform on my mobile devices is web browsing, but until now there have always been limitations with these browsers.  The iPhone had the best current browser for strictly browsing, but didn't allow you to do much else …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
ClearContext's Stab At Making Email More Manageable  —  It might not be as sexy as Xobni, but Outlook users who find that plugin useful should check out ClearContext Personal.  It too intends to make email more manageable, albeit with a greater focus on projects than people …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
When Outlook Gets Personal, It Gets Clear Context
Discussion: webmonkey
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Real News of Wetpaint's $25 Million Funding: Fidelity Kicked In  —  While Wetpaint's $25 million new round of funding was leaked to one and all under embargo until 12:01 am EST today-including BoomTown, so don't assume any of us report our little hearts out on all these bits of news …
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Wii Gets Fitness  —  Like a late-night infomercial, Wii Fit sells itself as an all-in-one home fitness solution that will get the whole family exercising on a regular basis, no matter how lazy.  With a menu of yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games, it's hard to argue with the concept.
Discussion: TG Daily and Engadget
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Dell deepens executive bench  —  Dell (DELL) named former GE Plastics chief Brian Gladden as its new CFO replacing Don Carty.  —  The move makes Gladden the No.2 executive under CEO and founder Michael Dell and a likely successor to the top job should Dell vacate the position again.
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News.com
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Why I called Mozilla's change to the Firefox install process “sneaky”  —  Seems like some of you objected to my use of the term “sneaky” to describe the change made to the install routine of Firefox 3.0 RC1, while others thought I was being too easy on Mozilla.  —  Two emails from the Hardware 2.0 mailbag:
 
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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
China allows bloggers, others to spread quake news
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Alexis Madrigal / Wired News:
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Can Microsoft ‘do’ open source by 2015?
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
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EA: Activision, Vivendi ESA exit shows “lack of leadership”
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BBC:
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InfoWorld:
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
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