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11:25 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 …
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 …
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Launch Cashback Search Service  —  Microsoft Corp. hopes to make gains on Google Inc. in the lucrative business of Internet search through a new service that pays consumers who buy items they find through the software company's search service, according to people familiar with the company's plan.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft looks to buy way into search (again)
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 …
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 nice $9.25 billion dividend.  So what's the plan for all that cash?  According to CEO Jeff Bewkes …
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 …
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
A peek behind the curtain at Google
Discussion: My Blog Posts
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong
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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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 …
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Building the Next Last.fm  —  Since 2002, Last.fm's determined team of music lovers has been on a mission to make online music easier, better and more discoverable.  —  We're still working as hard as ever halfway through 2008, laying the foundations for a next-generation Last.fm.
Financial Times:
Moody's shares tumble on rating error  —  Moody's awarded incorrect triple-A ratings to billions of dollars worth of a type of complex debt product due to a bug in its computer models, a Financial Times investigation has discovered.  —  Internal Moody's documents seen by the FT show …
Discussion: The Register and BloggingStocks
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 …
Discussion: All Facebook
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Ballmer keeps to script on Yahoo  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is sticking to the company line of give-me-a-piece-of-Yahoo-but-not-the- whole-enchilada.  —  That was the word he conveyed while in Israel to mark the opening of a new R&D facility, according to a Reuters report.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New York Times announces Times Machine  —  Yesterday I got a great tour with my cell phone of the new New York Times building.  While there I met some of the top geeks behind the New York Times and they told me a few things and showed me some interesting stuff.  —  In the Research and Development department they showed me:
Discussion: Gawker
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Linux isn't yet ready for synchronized release cycles
Discussion: Matt Cutts and Slashdot
eMarketer:
eMarketer Lowers Social Networking Ad Spending Estimate
Diane Bartz / eWeek:
Microsoft Loses U.S. Patent Suit vs Alcatel-Lucent
Discussion: Electronista
Unstrung:
Clearwire Won't Use Google's Dark Fiber
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Another Way to Measure Electoral Clout: Watch the Widgets
Macworld:
Logic Pro updated with over 100 fixes
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Home Office plans to create ‘Big brother’ …
Discussion: Engadget
BBC:
Net downloads to get age ratings
Discussion: Mashable! and My Blog Posts
 Earlier Items: 
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
Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Gains New Support in Yahoo Push
Christina Passariello / Wall Street Journal:
New Dior Phone Targets China, Russia
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Providers, Can You Hear Us Now?
TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned
Discussion: All Points Blog
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Roku Netflix Player is the First Shot of the Revolution
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Party's Over, Bloggers: CBS, NBC, Fox Threaten Free Clip Service Redlasso
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

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

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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