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7:05 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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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoah: Microsoft Cashback Google-Killer Generates NO Revenue For Microsoft
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's new tack: Bribery as a business model
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Streaming Bill Gates Keynote At Advance08
Discussion: Simon's Blog and Microsoft
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).
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Office 2007 to gain native ODF support early next year  —  Microsoft has announced plans to add support for the Open Document Format (ODF), in addition to Adobe's PDF, to its popular Office suite.  The functionality, which will bring will bring support for PDF 1.5, PDF/A, ODF 1.1 …
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!
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
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 …
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 …
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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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
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
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 …
Core Security:
MULTIPLE VULNERABILITIES IN ICAL  —  Core Security Technologies - CoreLabs Advisory  —  ADVISORY INFORMATION  —  Title: Multiple vulnerabilities in iCal  —  VULNERABILITY INFORMATION  —  Remotely Exploitable: Yes (client-side)  —  Locally Exploitable: No  —  CVE Name: CVE-2008-1035, CVE-2008-2006, CVE-2008-2007
Paul McIntyre / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
TiVo launch imminent, minus monthly fee  —  THE Seven Media Group will launch its TiVo digital video recorder in July after a strategic overhaul that includes a surprise move to scrap a planned monthly subscription fee for the broadband-enabled service.  —  TiVo's launch will be the first …
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.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market  —  If you work in the technology industry it pays to be familiar with the ideas from Geoffrey Moore's insightful book Crossing the Chasm.  In the book he takes a look at the classic marketing bell curve that segments customers …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Opera Takes on Apple With Open Widget SDK
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry Bold: Hands On (and Wait-a-Thon)
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Barry Diller Explains The New IAC: “Our Workshop” (IACI)
Discussion: paidContent.org
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
The Longest Mobile Phone Ever
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Wireless industry going through its AOL phase
John Fontana / LinuxWorld.com:
Novell, Red Hat upgrade Linux offerings
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Gallery of Network Operations Centers
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DoD reviewing Apple's bid for PA Semi
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
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New GM for IAC's Secret Tina Brown Project
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
PHP Sucks, But It Doesn't Matter
Discussion: Gadgetopia
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony PSP celebrates Madden's 20th year with a new shade
Discussion: Crave, PlayStation.Blog and Gizmodo
All About N-Gage:
Nokia: “If you want your N-Gage games on your new phone …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Time Warner: What Will It Do With $9.25 Billion In Cash?
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple, CBS sued over ‘Mighty Mouse’