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4:15 PM ET, May 21, 2008

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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to lure search users with cash  —  Microsoft isn't talking yet about the big search initiative it's expected to announce Wednesday, but I was able to figure out details with a little digging today.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for the paper. — tb
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Playing With Live Search Cashback  —  Microsoft launched Live Search Cashback and Greg will have a more detailed post on his pre-briefing.  But I wanted to take you through the experience of using Cashback as a searcher.  —  It has been a rainy week here in New York, and I figured I would start …
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's new tack: Bribery as a business model
Discussion: Screenwerk and Beyond Search
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive Pics of the Palm Treo 850  —  Ahh Wednesdays.  Is the first half of the week over or is the second half of the week beginning?  Optimist or pessimist, here at BGR we're doing our part to make today as painless as possible.  How about we start out with an exclusive dose of some live shots of the Palm Treo 850!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live: Facebook Discusses New Profile Design  —  Facebook has invited a group of bloggers and journalists to its offices on Hamilton Street in Palo Alto today to discuss the details of its upcoming profile redesign, which we're told will launch in a few weeks.  —  Keep checking in here as I share my notes from the event.
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Are Facebook's Design Intentions Misguided?
Discussion: BoomTown
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple, CBS sued over ‘Mighty Mouse’  —  Apple and CBS are being sued for trademark infringement by a competing interface manufacturer.  —  The case against Apple and CBS was filed by a firm called Man and Machine.  It alleges Apple began selling its Mighty Mouse over one year after Man …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and CrunchGear
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SmallWorlds Brings a Third Dimension to Web 2.0  —  Meet SmallWorlds, a free browser-based 3D virtual world that integrates YouTube, Flickr, and a number of other Web 2.0 services.  The site is aimed at the teen market, and is designed to be more casual than Second Life.
Discussion: AppScout
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Web Worlds Get More Web 2.0  —  Call it Habbo Hotel meets Web 2.0.
Discussion: Massively and Virtual Worlds News
Associated Press:
Proposal may ease cancellation fees for cell phone users  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is quietly negotiating to help cell phone customers avoid expensive fees when they cancel contracts with wireless companies, The Associated Press has learned.  —  Cell phone companies routinely …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Gizmodo
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Cellular companies negotiating with FCC over termination fees
Discussion: DSLreports
eMarketer:
eMarketer Lowers Social Networking Ad Spending Estimate  —  Growth still high, but from a very small base  —  In spite of media hype around social networking, worldwide advertising spending on social networks has not met expectations. eMarketer has revised its worldwide social network ad spending estimates …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Reddit Users Get Their Own TV Show  —  PBS is partnering with social news service Reddit to pilot a television series called YourWeek that combines user-submitted video segments and in-studio commentary.  —  Reddit went public with its plans today in order to solicit user participation for the series pilot …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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reddit:
yourweek: reddit-powered television news
Discussion: Valleywag
All About N-Gage:
Nokia: “If you want your N-Gage games on your new phone, you'll have to buy them all over again.”  —  Nokia's next gen N-Gage platform potentially ushers in a new age of high quality connected phone gaming.  However, it now seems that there's a rather large flaw at the heart of the platform …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Time Warner: What Will It Do With $9.25 Billion In Cash?  More Acquisitions On The Way; AOL Talks  —  With the complete separation of the cable unit, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) will get a nice $9.25 billion dividend.  So what's the plan for all that cash?  According to CEO Jeff Bewkes …
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Microsoft boosts support for rival formats in Office  —  Microsoft is opening up Office to other file formats, slowly but steadily.  —  On Wednesday, the company said it plans to add new formats to Office 2007, including the Open Document Format (ODF), Portable Document Format (PDF), and XML Paper Specification (XPS).
Discussion: TG Daily
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Wireless industry going through its AOL phase  —  It's the mid-1990s for the mobile industry: lots of walled gardens, lots of fragmentation, and lots of promise.  —  We've been writing about the future of mobile computing for years now, and it's no surprise that panelists at the Future in Review conference are eyeing the same space.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
PHP Sucks, But It Doesn't Matter  —  Here's a list of every function beginning with the letter “A” in the PHP function index:  —  abs()  —  acos()  —  acosh()  —  addcslashes()  —  addslashes()  —  aggregate()  —  aggregate_info()  —  aggregate_methods()  —  aggregate_methods_by_list()
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media  —  Social media.  Web 2.0.  You know what these things are and you take advantage of them every day on the net.  Whether you're socializing on Facebook, updating Twitter, or just adding a new bookmark to Ma.gnolia, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Search at LinkedIn Beats Google  —  I just found a more useful way to search than Google.  (Sort of.)  It only works for a defined use case, but, in a search market that is 85% going on 90% Google-dominated, this can still be significant.  The site that provides a better search experience than Google?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New GM for IAC's Secret Tina Brown Project  —  OK, not that secret a project.  —  BoomTown has known about it forever and Radar Online gave the lowdown about the creation of the hip-sounding news aggregator Web site-headed by high-profile editor Tina Brown (pictured here)-by Barry Diller's IAC (IACI) in a report in early April.
 
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John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Novell, Red Hat upgrade Linux offerings
Discussion: Linux-Watch.com and CIO.com
Royal Pingdom:
Gallery of Network Operations Centers
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple missing golden .Mac opportunity
Discussion: The Mac Observer
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Goldman Internet: NYTCo.'s Nisenholtz: The Rise Of Social Nets Squeezing Prices
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay
InfoWorld:
Chambers banks Cisco's future on Web 2.0
Discussion: eWeek
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
eBay to unveil fair-trade marketplace
Discussion: DailyTech
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
Mobile Phone Users Say “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking In-flight”: Yahoo! Survey
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and WebProNews
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Phishers point scam at Apple's iTunes
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
To Beat Google, Beat Google to the Mobile Web
Discussion: CNET News.com and mocoNews.net
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Widgeteer Clearspring Gets Its Big $18 Million Third Round
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cold, dark countries whipping US in broadband usage
Financial Times:
Moody's shares tumble on rating error
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Building the Next Last.fm
BBC:
Design revamp for ‘$100 laptop’
Discussion: Gearlog, p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com
 

 
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Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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