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6:00 PM ET, May 21, 2008

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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!
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 …
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cashback”
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
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).
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SmallWorlds Brings a Third Dimension to Web 2.0  —  Meet SmallWorlds, a free browser-based 3D virtual world that integrates YouTube, Flickr, and a number of other Web 2.0 services.  The site is aimed at the teen and adult markets, and is designed to be more casual than Second Life.
Discussion: Mashable! and AppScout
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Web Worlds Get More Web 2.0  —  Call it Habbo Hotel meets Web 2.0.
Discussion: Massively and Virtual Worlds News
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Reddit Users Get Their Own TV Show  —  PBS is partnering with social news service Reddit to pilot a television series called YourWeek that combines user-submitted video segments and in-studio commentary.  —  Reddit went public with its plans today in order to solicit user participation for the series pilot …
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yourweek: reddit-powered television news
Discussion: Profy.Com, Webware.com and Valleywag
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 …
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: broadstuff
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 …
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 …
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
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple missing golden .Mac opportunity  —  If you're buying a computer to get onto the Internet, don't you think you'd be interested in a service that makes that computer much easier to use with the Internet?  —  Over the last five years, people have grown more accustomed to storing personal photos …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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 …
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Novell, Red Hat upgrade Linux offerings  —  Virtualization big area of improvement along with desktop upgrades  —  Novell and Red Hat both updated their Linux operating systems Wednesday, adding improvements in virtualization, desktops, networking, management and hardware support.
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 …
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 …
 
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market
Paul McIntyre / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
TiVo launch imminent, minus monthly fee
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Napster Revs Up 5.7 Percent; Net Loss Narrows …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry Bold: Hands On (and Wait-a-Thon)
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
The Longest Mobile Phone Ever
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Wireless industry going through its AOL phase
Royal Pingdom:
Gallery of Network Operations Centers
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Goldman Internet: NYTCo.'s Nisenholtz: The Rise Of Social Nets Squeezing Prices
Discussion: Clickety Clack
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi
InfoWorld:
Chambers banks Cisco's future on Web 2.0
Discussion: eWeek
Business Wire:
Mobile Phone Users Say “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking In-flight”: Yahoo! Survey
Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech and WebProNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New GM for IAC's Secret Tina Brown Project
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
To Beat Google, Beat Google to the Mobile Web
Discussion: CNET News.com
Financial Times:
Moody's shares tumble on rating error
BBC:
Design revamp for ‘$100 laptop’
Discussion: Gearlog, p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com