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10:40 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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!
Mercury News:   Microsoft talking with Yahoo again: possible deal related to search ad business?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft to Buy Just Yahoo's Search Business?
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?
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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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 …
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Enables Third Party Tracking For Content Network  —  Google has announced that they will now support the ability for advertisers to track their ads using third party advertising tags.  This new feature is only available within Google's content network (aka AdSense) and only available for North America based advertisers.
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Rajas Moonka / Official Google Blog:
Opening our content network to third parties
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 and Colin Walker
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
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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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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile, jkOnTheRun and WMExperts
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Guessing the Online Customer's Next Want  —  Marketers have always tried to predict what people want, and then get them to buy it.  —  Among online retailers, pushing customers toward other products they might want is a common practice.  Both Amazon and Netflix, two of the best-known practitioners …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Joost: New hires, lots of video, still no Web-based version  —  Some critics declared video content service Joost kaput when big-network rival Hulu debuted, far exceeding expectations.  —  But Joost, founded by the team behind Skype and Kazaa, wants you to know it's still going strong.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: Engadget
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Rohati Launches Security Appliance for Compliance  —  Today, a new data center appliance launches from San Jose, Calif. startup Rohati Systems.  The appliance monitors the flow of traffic in the network and uses information gleaned from the data packets to enforce various entitlement …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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GamesIndustry.biz:
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BBC:
PM launching online question time
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
RISC vs. CISC in the mobile era
Paul Miller / Engadget:
ASUS and MSI have some 'splaining to do
Discussion: Forever Geek and GottaBeMobile
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Video Could be Glimpse of Future Sony Ericsson Xperia Cellphones
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
AMD sets new game PC specifications
New York Times:
Online Search Ads Faring Better Than Expensive Displays