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12:55 AM ET, May 20, 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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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.
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 and Digg
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
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google execs stew over Microsoft response  —  Google's top brass are meeting Monday to figure out a response to how Microsoft's new overtures toward Yahoo affect Google's potential ad deal with Yahoo.  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, speaking to reporters at a Google Zeitgeist event in the U.K. …
Discussion: Alt Search Engines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Moving Towards Checkmate  —  More details are emerging on round 2 of Yahoo/Microsoft: Instead of a simple straight up acquisition, Microsoft may be able to pull off a deal where they get to pick off just what they want - search - and leave the rest of Yahoo and its troubles behind.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Sees Yahoo Being Split in New Offer
Discussion: BoomTown
Times of London:
Google mulls Microsoft response
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au
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?
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. …
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YouTube :: Blog:
Dialogue with Sen. Lieberman on terrorism videos  —  Last week, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) contacted us to voice his concerns about seeing videos from several Islamic terrorist organizations on YouTube.  We appreciated our dialogue with Senator Lieberman and his staff and wanted to explain …
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Look out, Apple TV: The $100 Netflix Player has arrived  —  The Netflix box is finally a reality.  —  The Netflix Player by Roku is the first product that allows subscribers to have movies and TV shows from the service's Instant Viewing feature (aka “Watch Now") to be streamed directly to their TV screen.
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Stacey Higginbotham / NewTeeVee:
Netflix Set-Top Boxes to be Brought to You by Roku
Discussion: Webomatica
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: DygiScape and Clickety Clack
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Nick / Rough Type:   Cloud may squeeze margins, says Microsoft exec
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Not Selling-Well, Not Yet!  And IPO?  Try 2010 or Later!  —  If wishes were horses, all Facebookers would ride!  —  But alas, even though BoomTown is also intrigued by the idea as much as tech bloggers Robert Scoble and John Furrier, Facebook is not about to be bought by Microsoft (MSFT).
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Eric A. Taub / Bits:
And the Winner of the Game Console Wars Is....  According to Microsoft, the Xbox 360 just hit a major milestone: it has become the first of the new generation of video game consoles to sell more than 10 million units in the United States (It's up to 10.09 million, according to figures from NPD Group).
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cleaning up in $1,000-plus retail market  —  Notebooks like the MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,999, are helping Apple dominate the $1,000-and-up market.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple's doing well in the high-rent district of the computer industry, according to NPD.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechSpot
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: Apple's market share of PCs over $1,000 hits 66%
Jasmine France / CNET News.com:
6 million DRM-free MP3s now at Napster  —  Probably the most exciting piece of digital music news to come out of CES 2008 was that Napster was planning on offering its complete catalog of more than 6 million tracks in the unprotected MP3 format.  Today, with the launch of version 4.5 …
Discussion: AppScout
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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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Former AOL Executives Sued in Ad-Revenue Case
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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 …
 
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Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yet Another Microsoft Memo. Satya Nadella, VP of Search Writes:
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica acquired by Condé Nast: the low-down