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9:45 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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InfoWorld:
Microsoft shuts down book search
Discussion: Bloomberg and Techdirt
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Update Your Profile From More Websites  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about the new ability to import stories into your Mini-Feed from other sites.  Since then, we've been working on increasing the number of sites that work with this feature.  We're happy to report that now …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your feed — moving in on FriendFeed?  —  Facebook continues to inch closer to competing with FriendFeed.  Today the social network announced eight more services that you can import into the Mini-Feed on your profile.
Discussion: CNET News.com
ImportGenius.com:
New 3G Apple iPhone in U.S., Canada, Suggests Customs Data  —  Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests.  —  With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores …
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Rumor: Tablet Mac coming this fall (updated 3x)  —  I don't often publish first hand rumors, but today I've something special for you, if you like tablets that is.  —  A little birdy tells me that Apple will announce a 12 or 13-inch tablet in the fall of this year.  Most likely in the September or October time frame.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, LoopRumors and TG Daily
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Arn / MacRumors:
Tablet Mac Coming in Fall 2008?  —  Jason O'Grady revives rumors of a tablet Mac in his ‘The Apple Core’ blog today with claims that the long-rumored Mac Tablet would finally be arriving later this year.  —  Specifically, he believes that Apple will announce a 12" or 13" tablet “in the fall” of this year.
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
How “Why Startups Fail” Fails  —  David Feinleib at Mohr Davidow Ventures pens a piece called, “Why Startups Fail.”  Here are his four reasons with my thoughts below. … This is exactly why we encourage new companies to stay as far away from venture funding as they can.  VC's encourage you to spend!
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akimbo, Dot Gone  —  Akimbo, an early entrant in the Internet Video game has shuttered its doors, as first indicated by VentureBeat and confirmed by NewTeeVee.  Peter Chantel, CFO of the company told NewTeeVee that the nine-year-old company has held onto a skeleton staff that will find a buyer for the company.
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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
Discussion: Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Gates Factor  —  Sure, Microsoft and Yahoo are talking this weekend and they are talking about a lot of configurations of a revived deal to merge the companies together in some way that makes all parties happy.  —  But make no mistake: It is Yahoo (YHOO) pushing the one-price-buys-all idea …
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software  —  A federal district judge in Washington State handed down an important decision this week on shrink-wrap license agreements and the First Sale Doctrine.  The case concerned an eBay merchant named Timothy Vernor who has repeatedly locked horns …
InfoWorld:
SF's BART in talks for full Wi-Fi rollout  —  The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is negotiating with a startup for a Wi-Fi network that would provide fast Internet access to riders throughout its 104-mile regional rail system.  —  BART would not pay anything for the network …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Popular blogger ignites uproar over Twitter harassment  —  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.  So what happens when “saying anything” translates into harassment?
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 and WebProNews
 
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
April Search Market Share: Yahoo! Up... A Little
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Man ‘stole rental cars after planting GPS devices in them’
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Social Networking Site Bans Anyone Over Age 36 To (Sorta) Deal With Sex Offender Law
Discussion: The Inquisitr and The Register
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Red Herring down but not out  —  Updated at 2:49 p.m. to include …
Discussion: Valleywag
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Media Duped by Fake Story About Boy Who Hired Hookers
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
On Twitter, architecture, and lying in the grass
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
The Sandbox for the New Profile Design Is Now Open
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Integrated With LinkedIn API
Electronista:
Apple Canada preps staff for unknown event
Discussion: MacMegasite
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic Tool
Economist:
Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing