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10:35 PM ET, May 21, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoa: Microsoft Cashback Google-Killer Generates NO Revenue For Microsoft  —  We're going to get a full download on the economics of Microsoft (MSFT) Live Search cashback tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's why Google (GOOG) was down 5% today (in part).  —  Cashback merchant partners—the advertisers—set the cashback percentage.
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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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hey Microsoft: Bribing Searchers Is Fine; Frustrating Them Is Not!  —  I've got no problem if Microsoft wants to “bribe” searchers to use its search engine.  Even Google has done the same.  But the Live Search Cashback program rolled out today seems a pretty inept way to do it …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Streaming Bill Gates Keynote At Advance08
Discussion: GigaOM, Simon's Blog and Microsoft
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Microsoft offers cash back search
Discussion: TechSpot
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).
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Jasonmatusow / Matusow's Blog:
Open XML, ODF, PDF, and XPS in Office
Discussion: Open Sources and Doug Mahugh
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!
reddit:
yourweek: reddit-powered television news  —  I've been looking forward to this announcement ever since we started talking with PBS (public broadcasting here in the USA) about YourWeek early this year.  Here's the Valleywag and NewTeeVee coverage.  —  It's a weekly television news program powered by you (really).
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Reddit Users Get Their Own TV Show
Paul McIntyre / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
TiVo launch imminent, minus monthly fee  —  THE Seven Media Group will launch its TiVo digital video recorder in July after a strategic overhaul that includes a surprise move to scrap a planned monthly subscription fee for the broadband-enabled service.  —  TiVo's launch will be the first …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo Nearing Subscription-Free Australian Launch
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.
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 …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
A Video Game Star and His Less-Than-Stellar Pay  —  Michael Hollick never thought his big break would come in a video game.  —  All those years when he was struggling to get by as an aspiring actor — tending bar, working in a bagel shop in Morningside Heights, spraying perfume at Bloomingdale's …
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry Bold: Hands On (and Wait-a-Thon)  —  What happens when your Sister Site, CrackBerry.com, manages to score a BlackBerry Bold on eBay?  What happens after they do their hands-on images, videos, and walkthroughs, that is?  What happens is they start sending the beast around the the office.
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.
Discussion: Regular Geek and broadstuff
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market  —  If you work in the technology industry it pays to be familiar with the ideas from Geoffrey Moore's insightful book Crossing the Chasm.  In the book he takes a look at the classic marketing bell curve that segments customers …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Goldman Internet: NYTCo.'s Nisenholtz: The Rise Of Social Nets Squeezing Prices  —  Janet Robinson, president and CEO of the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT), gave the audience at Goldman Sach's Internet Conference an overview of the company's “strides” on the digital side.
Core Security:
MULTIPLE VULNERABILITIES IN ICAL  —  Core Security Technologies - CoreLabs Advisory  —  ADVISORY INFORMATION  —  Title: Multiple vulnerabilities in iCal  —  VULNERABILITY INFORMATION  —  Remotely Exploitable: Yes (client-side)  —  Locally Exploitable: No  —  CVE Name: CVE-2008-1035, CVE-2008-2006, CVE-2008-2007
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
16 Simple Ways to Improve FriendFeed  —  Despite my initial skepticism, I am enjoying using FriendFeed ("FF" from here out).  I find interesting stories & news articles from my friends, I hear about news from colleagues, and am able to interact with them all in one place.
 
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
CTL IL1PC Mini-Review
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera Takes on Apple With Open Widget SDK
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Napster Revs Up 5.7 Percent; Net Loss Narrows …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
The Longest Mobile Phone Ever
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Wireless industry going through its AOL phase
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Novell, Red Hat upgrade Linux offerings
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SmallWorlds Brings a Third Dimension to Web 2.0
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Search at LinkedIn Beats Google
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple missing golden .Mac opportunity
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
eBay to unveil fair-trade marketplace
Discussion: DailyTech and WebProNews
Business Wire:
Mobile Phone Users Say “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking In-flight”: Yahoo! Survey
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
PHP Sucks, But It Doesn't Matter
Discussion: Gadgetopia
All About N-Gage:
Nokia: “If you want your N-Gage games on your new phone …
eMarketer:
eMarketer Lowers Social Networking Ad Spending Estimate
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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