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3:55 AM ET, May 20, 2008

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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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Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Review: Roku Netflix Set Top Box is Just Shy of Totally Amazing  —  Netflix Player by Roku  —  Yeah, yeah, yeah, we've heard this all before, right?  For years now, everyone from computer companies like Apple to OS companies like Microsoft to content providers like NBC have been trying …
Discussion: PC Magazine, Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Netflix to Sell a Device for Instantly Watching Movies on TV Sets
Discussion: VentureBeat
Stacey Higginbotham / NewTeeVee:
Netflix Set-Top Boxes, Brought to You by Roku
Discussion: Webomatica and GigaOM
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.
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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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Health: A Quick Hands-On Look
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Factory Tour: Google Health Launched
Mike Yang / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google Health, privacy, and HIPAA
Discussion: Webware.com
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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
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
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 …
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Reuters:
Sybase iPhone software ready “soon”
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yet Another Microsoft Memo.  Satya Nadella, VP of Search Writes:  —  Well, like you I am finding that Microsoft memos are better at telling the story (or lack there off) than other people's voices.  Today, we got our grubby paws on Microsoft VO of Search Satya Nadella's memo sent out to the troops.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
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).
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 …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Former AOL Executives Sued in Ad-Revenue Case  —  In a reminder that the wreckage of the disastrous merger between America Online and Time Warner is still being sifted, the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed fraud charges against eight former AOL executives …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Look For BFFs When Pitching For VC Dollars
Discussion: TheFunded.com
New York Times:
Democracy and the Web  —  Users of the Internet take for granted …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Cisco File Raises Censorship Concerns
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Twitter as the canary in the news coalmine
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
Shortages might bog down ‘Wii Fit’ launch
Discussion: SlipperyBrick
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
CushyCMS Goes Professional
Discussion: Mashable!
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Carl Icahn Files Preliminary Yahoo Proxy: Share Purchases Started …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
In the Red? Sprint Says Gouge the Customers
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cleaning up in $1,000-plus retail market
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
American Gladiators vanquished by optional broadcast flag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Not Selling-Well, Not Yet! And IPO? Try 2010 or Later!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikis Are Now Serious Business
Austin Modine / The Register:
VMware pitches virtual office desktops 101
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Palm CFO: Not Telling You Anything About Our Awesome New Operating System
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Social network death spiral: How Metcalfe's Law can work against you
Discussion: The Social Times
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica acquired by Condé Nast: the low-down