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CNET News Daily Podcast: AOL slims down for potential suitor

The Internet company shutters a few businesses associated with its dial-up service as it assesses its "strategic options."

An internal AOL memo reveals the Internet giant is looking to shed some extra weight as it gears up for a potential sale: XDrive, Bluestring, AOL Pictures, and others. Writers for some of its popular blogs have also been asked to post minimally until the end of the month. CNET News reporter Stephen Shankland tells Erica Ogg what AOL has up its sleeve.

Also in Friday's podcast, Amazon and MySpace are looking to team up on music, a convicted spam king is found dead along with his wife and daughter, Microsoft flashes some new search algorithm technology, and NASA explains the Northern Lights phenomenon.

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Today's stories:

AOL to sell Xdrive, close mobile and photo sites

Report: Amazon could with with MySpace on music service

Escaped 'spam king' allegedly kills self, family

Report: Asus bringing 'whole-day' battery life to Eee PC

Microsoft tries to one up Google PageRank

Tracking food safety with clean tech

Video: waterproof your gadgets

What's behind those Northern Lights?