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4:25 PM ET, May 23, 2008

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Live Search:
Book search winding down  —  Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week.  Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Burns Book Search - Lacks “High Consumer Intent”  —  Wow.  Earlier this month, I heard Microsoft execs highlight Live Search Books as a key advance they were doing in search.  Today, news that the site along with Live Search Academic are being closed next week, since they lack the …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9  —  Thursday was a red-letter day for 3G iPhone rumors.  On Wall St., the “rumor of a rumor” of an iPhone delay was enough to drive Apple (AAPL) share prices down 5 points in midafternoon trading.  Meanwhile, a dozen subway stops to the north …
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David Richards / Channel News:
OZ 3G iPhone To Be Fastest In The World  —  Australia will have the fastest Apple 3G iPhone in the world a senior executive of Telstra has told ChannelNews.  “We know what is coming we have seen the new device and it will be available on our network as soon as it is launched in the USA.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone to support 42Mbps Evolved HSPA data?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
TheStreet.com:
GameStop to Stop Zune Sales  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) GME MSFT  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft'sMSFT Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Zune Now Eligible for Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Royal Pingdom:
Smart and funny use of Google Adwords  —  Text ads can be smart, funny, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious when they show up in the wrong context.  —  David, our web designer and marketing maestro here at Pingdom was surfing the web last night and put together a list of really funny and original text ads from Google Adwords.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Nine Company Blogs That Are Fun For Anyone to Read  —  Here at ReadWriteWeb we spend a lot of time reading the blogs of companies we write about (send yours to tips@readwriteweb.com) and we've found that some of them are just plain fun.  An interesting company blog can be a great way to draw …
Discussion: Ning Blog
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Popular blogger ignites uproar over Twitter harassment  —  This post was updated at 10:49 AM with comment from Ariel Waldman.  —  Some Web enthusiasts find microblogging service Twitter to be addictive because you can say absolutely anything you want—as long as it's 140 characters or less.
Economist:
Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing  —  EVEN when the sky is blue over Quincy, clouds hang in the air.  The small town in the centre of the state of Washington is home to half a dozen huge warehouses that power the global “computing clouds” …
Electronista:
Apple Canada preps staff for unknown event  —  Apple Canada is gearing up some of its representatives in advance of an upcoming event, Electronista has learned.  Key staff are being asked to travel to the company's Markham, Ontario regional headquarters for discussions that are taking place today.
Discussion: MacMegasite
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines  —  Hollywood has been granted another victory in its war against piracy, this time at the expense of two linking sites that the Motion Picture Association of America believes profited from enabling copyright infringement.
Discussion: TechSpot
James Sherwood / The Register:
Incredible folding laptop untucked on eBay  —  Laptops are designed to be portable, so a 19.5in machine is really defeating the object.  Unless, that is you buy one that folds up.  Now, thanks to one eBayer, you can.  —  An intrepid eBay seller has posted a Xentex-brand prototype laptop …
 
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook New Profile Dev Sandbox Now Live
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction
Discussion: Bit Player and CNET News.com
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 8 Percent While …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia buys ray-tracing tech company RayScale
Discussion: The Register
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Touch Dual finally coming to Best Buy this weekend
Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Goldman adds Apple to Americas conviction buy list
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Integrated With LinkedIn API
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Microsoft and the Ties That Bind
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to bundle SSDs as part of Centrino 2 platform
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Reuters:
Yahoo buy not a strategy in itself: Microsoft CEO
Dave / Tech, Startups, Capital, Ideas:
Why Startups Fail … In the case of the startup in a hot sector …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic Tool
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 to add native support for Virtual Hard Disks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DimP - A Direct Manipulation Video Player