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6:45 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).
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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 …
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: Virtual Worlds News and Massively
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.
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InfoWorld:
‘PatentGate’ one year later: MS against open-source world
Discussion: Open Source
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
The Longest Mobile Phone Ever  —  Candy bars, flips, bricks, diamonds - phones come in a myriad of monikers but a common denominator are their form factors.  For the most part they're designed to be pocketable.  You can throw all those expectations out the window because designer Tamer Koseli wants no part of it.
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
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Business Wire:
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Discussion: Engadget, DailyTech and WebProNews
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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