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12:00 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 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 …
BBC:
Microsoft offers cash back search  —  Microsoft is expected to offer cash back to users of its search engine who buy products online, as it attempts to close the gap on rival Google.  —  Users will make savings on products sold by Microsoft's advertiser partners via the so-called cashback service.
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.
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 …
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!
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
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Unstrung:
Clearwire Won't Use Google's Dark Fiber  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG - message board) says the “new” Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR - message board) venture will not be using its dark fiber to backhaul parts of a planned Mobile WiMax network in the U.S. as the technology is deployed through 2010 and beyond.
Discussion: DSLreports, WebProBlog and mocoNews.net
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
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: Reuters and Digital Daily
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Cold, dark countries whipping US in broadband usage
DigiTimes:
Kenmos to benefit from use of BLUs in all MacBooks in 2009, says paper
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
OLPC 2.0: A Striking eBook and a Step In the Right Direction
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Why Linux isn't yet ready for synchronized release cycles
Discussion: Matt Cutts and Slashdot
Matthew Ogle / Last.fm:
Building the Next Last.fm
Diane Bartz / eWeek:
Microsoft Loses U.S. Patent Suit vs Alcatel-Lucent
Discussion: Electronista
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Another Way to Measure Electoral Clout: Watch the Widgets
Discussion: Snipperoo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
New York Times announces Times Machine
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia says no plan to switch phones to Linux
BBC:
Net downloads to get age ratings
Discussion: Mashable! and My Blog Posts
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Stampede! Facebook Opens Its Profile Doors
Discussion: All Facebook
Brad Stone / Bits:
Tracking Hate 2.0 on the Web
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Mobile Providers, Can You Hear Us Now?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter's New VC Round: Red Hot
Discussion: Mark Evans and VentureBeat
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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Disney and Ron DeSantis reach a 15-year agreement to let Disney undertake a $17B expansion of Walt Disney World near Orlando; Disney will end all litigation

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

 
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