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9:40 AM 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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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
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.
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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
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 …
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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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's Hurd: U.S. demand ‘spotty’; Data center, app consolidation continues  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd was inevitably asked about the U.S. economy during the company's earnings conference call and the message was clear: It's hard to chart tech spending right now.  —  HP reported a strong second quarter due …
Discussion: eWeek
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia says no plan to switch phones to Linux  —  What is a mobile phone, exactly?  —  Despite reports to the contrary, Nokia is not embracing Linux as a platform for its mobile phones.  The Finnish giant insists that comments reported by Reuters and others were quoted out of context and that nothing has changed.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report and Reuters
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Net downloads to get age ratings  —  Age ratings for downloaded video content and video games are to be introduced in the UK.  —  Overseen by the British Board of Film Classiication (BBFC), the scheme will see certificates appear on websites, via set-top boxes and portable players.
Discussion: Mashable! and My Blog Posts
 
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Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Can Alex Bogusky help Microsoft Beat Apple?
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Home Office plans to create ‘Big brother’ …
Discussion: Engadget
Schneier on Security:
Our Data, Ourselves  —  In the information age, we all have a data shadow.
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
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Microsoft's Shane Kim: First to 100 Million Wins
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Icahn Gains New Support in Yahoo Push
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Friendster Launches New Mobile Site, the First in a Series …
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
James Cameron: 3D heading beyond movies
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Providers, Can You Hear Us Now?
Discussion: CNET News.com and WinExtra
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Sheriff's deputies evict Red Herring from Belmont office
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Small Really Is Beautiful  —  Five years ago …
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