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6:25 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: Alt Search Engines and Tech-Ex
Marissa Mayer / Official Google Blog:
A peek into our search factory
Discussion: eWeek and The Inquisitr
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Health Launches
Discussion: Gear Diary
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Health launches (no, really)
Discussion: Stay N' Alive
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.
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.
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
Drew Cullen / The Register:
SEC charges eight ex-AOL TW execs with civil fraud  —  For two years, between 2000 and 2002, AOL execs cooked the books, bigtime.  —  They inflated revenues by more than $1bn, through artificial barter deals, by booking one-time gains as advertising income, and by booking the entire gross amount …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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 …
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, Computerworld 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 …
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. …
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 …
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Mainstream Media Way Behind on DRM and DMCA  —  The Guardian is a great newspaper and produces a lot of good content.  So I was excited to see that it had done a story on Apple, digital rights management, and the future of the music industry.  And the piece does a good job of summarizing …
 
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eWeek:
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Chris Miller / The Social Networker:
RSS Feed ranking, reading, ignoring and locating the right waterfall
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm CFO: Not Telling You Anything About Our Awesome New Operating System
Reuters:
Sybase iPhone software ready “soon”
Discussion: Macsimum News
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
AOL gives out $100,000 in prizes to AIM plugin coders
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google unveils Image Search image ads
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Comcast invests in P2P start-up
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mooColorFinder finds web colors
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
EMC builds up disk backup
Discussion: eWeek
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Jinkies! Microsoft's 2015 open source strategy
Andrew Krukowski / TVWeek.com:
May Sweeps Sees Record Low Ratings
Brian Heater / Gearlog:
JVC Intros “YouTube Camcorder”
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple's market share of PCs over $1,000 hits 66%
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Galeon: It's like Firefox for Spartans
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Mobile software Monday: Opera Mobile 9.5
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Wants More Mobile Music From Labels