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8:40 AM ET, May 21, 2008

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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cash Back” Tomorrow  —  The major Microsoft Live Search announcement scheduled for tomorrow will be the official launch of a new product: Microsoft Live Search Cash Back.  —  The program in partnership with eBay and its PayPal unit will offer cash back to consumers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Offer Cash Back To Search Engine Users In Effort To Fight Google
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to buy way into search (again)
Discussion: Search Engine Land and I4U News
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Not True  —  Downtime is not good.  We caused a database to fail during a routine update early this afternoon.  We switched to a replica and expect this recovery to take place quickly.  We're all working on it and watching right now as Twitter gets back up to speed.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Webreakstuff
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong  —  Their words, not mine.  —  I've mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it's news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point).  But, seriously, they need to get their act together.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter's New VC Round: Red Hot  —  Love it or hate it, Twitter, a service that embodies our narcissism, is one that we can't stop talking about.  Even though it is still a tool of the tech-elite, the San Francisco-based start-up that came out of Ev Williams Odeo has become a favorite among the chattering classes.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Twitter Is Down Again: Quit Twitter For The Twit-Out
BBC:
Design revamp for ‘$100 laptop’  —  The wraps have been taken off the new version of the XO laptop designed for schoolchildren in developing countries.  —  The revamped machine created by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project looks like an e-book and has had its price slashed to $75 per device.
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David Talbot / Technology Review:
$100 Laptop Gets Redesigned
Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Search Quality  —  Search Quality is the name of the team responsible for the ranking of Google search results.  Our job is clear: A few hundreds of millions of times a day people will ask Google questions, and within a fraction of a second Google needs to decide …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Party's Over, Bloggers: CBS, NBC, Fox Threaten Free Clip Service Redlasso  —  Redlasso, a TV clip service favored by bloggers everywhere, is being threatened with legal action by three of the major media conglomerates: Fox (NWS), CBS (CBS) and NBC (GE).  The three companies have sent …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stampede!  Facebook Opens Its Profile Doors  —  This morning, Facebook is planning on showing a little leg to the press, throwing a “casual Open Door session...to learn more about the upcoming New Profile Design.”  —  You know, the long expected renovation of main Facebook pages consumers use daily …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Providers, Can You Hear Us Now?  —  Angry consumers are filing lawsuits against wireless companies, reflecting a wave of discontent with new, mostly Web-focused, services  —  Consumer grievances against wireless companies are taking on a new dimension.
Discussion: WinExtra
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   Exclusive cell phone deals called into question
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Robert Scoble Working on Show with Rev3  —  Robert Scoble, the tech commentator who took his interview show from PodTech to Fast Company earlier this year, is working on a new show with online video studio Revision3, he disclosed today at a conference and later confirmed on Twitter.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Video: Robert Scoble on the “Worldwide Talk Show”
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Roku Netflix Player is the First Shot of the Revolution  —  In the small, generic plastic box that is the new Netflix Player made by Roku, I think you can see the future of video.  —  I'm not saying that this product itself is going to take the world by storm, even though …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Moblyng converts Flash applications to work on mobile devices  —  One day soon, with the help of Moblyng, you'll likely be able to stream music playlists on social networks from your phone.  —  In the meantime, though, you can use Moblyng to watch a YouTube video or to put Slide slideshow widgets …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Christina Passariello / Wall Street Journal:
New Dior Phone Targets China, Russia  —  Luxury-Goods Retailer Seeks Brand-Hungry In Growing Markets  —  PARIS — French luxury-goods company Christian Dior SA Wednesday will unveil a line of mobile phones, extending beyond its traditional fashion business to boost sales …
Wall Street Journal:
Murdoch Taps Thomson As Top Editor at the Journal  —  News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch named Wall Street Journal Publisher Robert Thomson as the paper's new managing editor, succeeding Marcus Brauchli, who left under pressure last month.  —  Mr. Thomson will also take the title of editor …
Jim Burns / Seeking Alpha:
Hewlett-Packard F2Q08 (Qtr End 4/30/08) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Mark V. Hurd - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President  —  Catherine A. Lesjak - HP Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer  —  Analysts  —  Toni Sacconaghi, Jr. - Sanford C. Bernstein
 
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BBC:
Net downloads to get age ratings
Schneier on Security:
Our Data, Ourselves  —  In the information age, we all have a data shadow.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Archuleta v. Cook - Battle of the David's
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
At Least 20 People Want to Pay $3000 for the 24-Carat Gold iPhone
Discussion: Crave and Tech Blog
Brad Stone / Bits:
Tracking Hate 2.0 on the Web
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Microsoft's Shane Kim: First to 100 Million Wins
Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Gains New Support in Yahoo Push
PR Newswire:
Friendster Launches New Mobile Site, the First in a Series …
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TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned
Discussion: All Points Blog
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Small Really Is Beautiful  —  Five years ago …
Discussion: ben barren
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Refurbished iPhones are an excellent source of previous users' data
Michael Hatamoto / BetaNews:
Sprint confirms it's implementing data usage caps