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3:40 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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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.
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 …
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.  But Combining Facebook With Yahoo Search Ain't It.  —  As Microsoft toys with Yahoo over the possibility of a resumed deal to buy only its search business, is it also thinking of throwing Facebook into the mix?  That's the latest rumor making the rounds.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Carl: MicroHooGooCahnFace
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live: Google Health Launches At Factory Tour of Search  —  Google has invited the press to its headquarters in Mountain View today for some presentations on a variety of search-related projects.  —  The so-called “Factory Tour of Search” event will proceed until about 1pm PT today.
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.
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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
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 …
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
Google Defends Helping Police Nab Defamer  —  Google said Monday that it complied with Indian legal process when it gave police information about a user of its Orkut social networking site.  With the IP (Internet Protocol) address of a person who had allegedly posted vulgar content about Sonia Gandhi …
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Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:   U.S. Law Is Not Global: Why Google Wasn't Being Evil
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 …
Andrew Krukowski / TVWeek.com:
May Sweeps Sees Record Low Ratings  —  Strike Seems to Have Altered Viewing Habits  —  Low ratings during the February sweeps may have been a fluke due to the writers strike, but the May sweeps period is painting a picture of viewers out of sync with broadcast television …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA losing its credibility on Take-Two offer extensions  —  Electronic Arts said Monday that it is once again extending its $2 billion offer for ‘Grand Theft Auto’ publisher Take-Two.  Take-Two retorted by rejecting the offer.  —  “If you don't clean up your room today, you're going to be in trouble,” yells Dad.
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% …
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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