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3:30 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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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cashback”  —  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 …
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!
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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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Apple's ‘Mighty Mouse’ Violates Trademark, M&M Says  —  Apple Inc., along with CBS Corp., was sued for trademark infringement by a closely held computer- accessory firm over the name of its wireless “Mighty Mouse” device, whose name evokes the cartoon superhero.
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 …
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Social Network Spending Estimates Down Globally, Too
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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.
Discussion: Gearlog, p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
OLPC 2.0: A Striking eBook and a Step In the Right Direction
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and CrunchGear
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
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 …
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 …
DigiTimes:
Kenmos to benefit from use of BLUs in all MacBooks in 2009, says paper  —  Apple plans to use LED backlight units (BLUs) in all of its MacBooks in 2009, which will benefit Taiwan-based BLU maker Kenmos Technology, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN).
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
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.
 
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Microsoft boosts support for rival formats in Office
Associated Press:
Proposal may ease cancellation fees for cell phone users
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple missing golden .Mac opportunity
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi
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
Business Wire:
Mobile Phone Users Say “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking In-flight”: Yahoo! Survey
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and WebProNews
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New GM for IAC's Secret Tina Brown Project
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
Discussion: Furrier.org, VentureBeat and GigaOM
Financial Times:
Moody's shares tumble on rating error
Unstrung:
Clearwire Won't Use Google's Dark Fiber
Discussion: DSLreports and WebProBlog
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Moblyng converts Flash applications to work on mobile devices
 

 
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