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4:25 PM ET, May 23, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Deny This, Last.fm  —  A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled “Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA?” based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past.  All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.  —  Before posting Erick reached out to the RIAA …
Silicon Alley Insider:
Russian Investment Offer Proof Of Facebook's Desperation?  —  As with all things Facebook, yesterday's WSJ story about a $200 million offer from a Russian firm at a $10 billion valuation triggered a violent debate.  —  Some saw it was a sign of the company's desperation:
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Valuation Heading North Again. Up To $10 Billion Now.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sky High: Russian Investment Group Offers As Much As $350 Million To Facebook
Discussion: VentureBeat and TheNextWeb.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Don't You Love Flock?  —  A few days ago, the social web browser Flock released version 2.5 of their software, integrating Facebook Chat, improving Twitter functionality, and adding a new broadcasting feature called “Flockcast.”  As we evaluated the upgrade, a thought occurred to us …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Newsome.Org and BetaNews
Keith Rabois / TechCrunch:
How Facebook, MySpace and YouTube Killed eBay  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post by Keith Rabois, vice president of strategy and business development for Slide, the social entertainment company.  Prior to Slide, Keith was a VP at LinkedIn and an EVP at PayPal in charge of among other things …
Thanks:shankargan
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Announces Settlement of Legal Dispute with Another Former Zuckerberg Classmate  —  Facebook has just issued a Friday night press release announcing the settling of a trademark dispute with Think Computer Corporation, whose founder Aaron Greenspan created the houseSYSTEM student web portal …
Discussion: Facebook and All Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Six Small Conferences About Twitter, And Counting  —  It's no surprise that Twitter, the current darling of social media and one of the fastest growing web sites, is now becoming the subject matter of entire conferences.  There is a tremendous opportunity for businesses and brands to use Twitter …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability  —  In the midst of financial apocalypse, the gadflies and gurus of the global marketplace are gathered at the San Francisco Hilton for the annual meeting of the American Economics Association.  The mood is similar to a seismologist convention in the wake of the Big One.
Josh Young / Networked News:
Not by Links Alone  —  At this unthinkably late hour, many of even the most recalcitrant journalists and newsy curmudgeons have given themselves over, painfully, to the fundamentally important fact that the economics of abundance now govern their world.  —  For many, of course, stemming that tide is still paramount.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and The Noisy Channel
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD says Intel-only deal struck at Apple in 2005  —  An Advanced Micro Devices executive claims that Intel and Apple cut a deal in 2005 that made Intel an exclusive supplier of processors to Apple, preventing AMD from gaining Apple business.  —  The claim, made in a phone interview with Tom McCoy …
Discussion: Bits
Jim / craigslist blog:
Turning a Blind Eye  —  Noteable as this news cycle winds down ( “Craigslist Pwns McMaster,” “Pandering Has Its Price,” “Craigslist 1, McMaster 0,” “McMaster's Final Humiliation” ) has been the absolute disinterest shown by reporters and politicians alike in hardcore sex ads featured in journalistic media …
Discussion: Associated Press
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Cartier drops lawsuit against Apple over iPhone app  —  What was to be the battle of the brands never even got started.  Hours after filing suit against Apple today for allowing a third party iPhone developer to post an application depicting a Cartier watch image in the app, Cartier International dropped the suit.
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Should Facebook ‘Just Buy Yelp’?  —  Matt Greitzer of Avenue A pens a provocative column (How to Solve Local Search, Once And For All) in which he argues that Facebook should buy Yelp: … There's also this related piece from AdWeek on user behavior, advertising and social networks: Poll: Few Use Social Media to Guide Purchases:
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Gets Restraining Order Against A.G.  —  After weeks of bluster about Craigslist, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster agreed today to a temporary order preventing him from bringing criminal charges against company executives.  —  “Until the court rules on the merits …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
McMaster's Final Humiliation: Federal Smack Down (Restraining Order Below)
Discussion: CNET News
 
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Los Angeles Times:
4 South Korean bloggers face click fraud charges
Discussion: Style Council
Rose Hanson / Associated Press:
Parents turn to cellphones as high-tech rattles
Discussion: mocoNews
Marcus Oscarsson / Times of London:
Pro-internet piracy party on course for EU seats
Discussion: Softpedia News
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Copyright Meets a New Worthy Foe: The Real-Time Web
Discussion: P2P Blog
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
Official: NC considers Apple for massive tax break
Discussion: MacRumors
Jeremy Muncy / WebProNews:
Do You know how #FollowFriday started?
 Earlier Items: 
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
US Army to adopt Vista and Office 2007 by end of 2009
Discussion: Engadget and Neowin.net
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
One reason why StockTwits is growing: Those Twitter ads
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
URL for iTunes Video Downloads on the iPhone
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer coming to Pre “at or near launch”?
Jim Finkle / MediaFile:
YouTube can be dangerous place for porn seekers
Discussion: PandaLabs, broadstuff and Lifehacker
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Now Suggests Alternate Routes
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Palm Pre tasks, memos, browser on display, automatic backup confirmed