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9:55 PM ET, May 24, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Facebook Platform; They are the Anti-MySpace  —  Facebook is holding a massive press/developer event today in San Francisco to officially launch Facebook Platform.  750 or so people are here.  —  A number of third party applications will also be announced, including Microsoft …
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David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Exclusive: Facebook's new face  —  The social networking company now wants to become a place for anyone to build applications for social computing.  Fortune got an inside look.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Facebook may turn out to be a lot more important than any of us thought.
Between the Lines:
Facebook: The social Web utility company  —  The suspense is nearly over.  In about an hour, Facebook will lift the veil on its plans to turn its social networking site into a platform that its makers hope becomes a pervasive ecosystem.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls this latest interation …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook aims to be Social OS  —  Facebook's platform strategy will be announced today in San Francisco.  In discussions with multiple sources involved with the launch, we've come to see the platform as a highly ambitious idea, approaching the idea of Facebook being an operating system with other web apps riding on top of it.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK PRESS CONFERENCE—LIVE!  —  Facebook is making a major platform announcement today at 3:00 PM PDT.  We'll be at the press conference and, unless there's a clamp on video rights during the event, we'll be streaming it live, using Veodia (preview) technology. … See more Facebook coverage on Webware.
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook's plan to hook up the world
Discussion: Valleywag
Wal-Mart Facts:
Wal-Mart to Sell Dell Desktops in Stores this June  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Dell, Inc. announce that the two companies will partner to sell Dell Computer desktops in Wal-Mart stores nationwide, beginning June 10, 2007.  The agreement includes the launch to two Dell products offered …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Dell to sell computers at Wal-Mart
Discussion: The Tech Report
Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
What Wal-Mart means to Dell
Discussion: BloggingStocks and TechSpot News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell To Sell Two Models Through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club Starting June 10
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
HD DVD, Blu-ray "Managed Copy" coming later this year  —  The managed copy spec that will allow users to make copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray movies is finally nearing completion.  MPAA head honcho Dan Glickman recently said that the AACS support behind managed copy would be ready before the end of the year …
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Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Copying HD DVD and Blu-ray discs may become legal  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Under a licensing agreement in its final stages, consumers may get the right to make several legal copies of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies they've purchased, a concession by the movie industry that may quell criticism that DRM …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Closing the book on Apple's Mac mini  —  Even while at the top of its game, Apple Inc. can seemingly find faults with just about anything, including a bit of itself.  The Mac maker is constantly evaluating the market segments in which it wishes to participate and those which it does not.
Jon Udell:
RESTful Web Services  —  RESTful Web Services, by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby, was published this month.  I interviewed the authors yesterday for an upcoming ITConversations show, but I also want to spell out here why I think it's such an important book.  —  In the realm of IT you could hardly pick a more controversial topic.
Discussion: Alex Barnett blog
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Kdawson / Slashdot:
Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find?  —  Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton gives the full-disclosure treatment to the widely known and surprisingly simple technique for finding treasure-troves of credit card numbers online.  He points out how the credit-card companies …
Discussion: Techdirt and Consumerist
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sarbanes-Oxley Audit Rules To Ease; Bad For IT Spending; Good For Corporate Earnings  —  One of the under-appreciated drivers of IT spending in the last few years has been Sarbanes-Oxley.  While there is much complaining in Corporate America about the costs of compliance …
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Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Who Are The Losers In SEC's SarbOx Rule Change?
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ben Maurer / Exploring:
reCAPTCHA: A new way to fight spam  —  You've probably seen a CAPTCHA before.  It's those funky letters you have to enter before you sign up for an account on almost any website.  I'm proud to announce a new type of CAPTCHA: reCAPTCHA: (click to see a live demo!).  —  You might notice that reCAPTCHA has two words.
meish dot org:
THERE'S A HOLE IN YOUR TWITTER  —  You know Twitter, yeah?  And you know how people love it because they can stay in touch with their friends and communicate privately what they're up to?  —  Well.  If you use it like this and are happily twittering away about people you work with …
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Something to :) about  —  Tired of expressing emotions to your friends with words?  Exhausted by the two and sometimes three keys you have to press to enter an emoticon?  The Google Talk Gadget has got your back.  Today we're introducing an emoticon menu to put those :D and :-( feelings right at your fingertips.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
Gomadic Corp / Gomadic Blog:
Gomadic Sneak Peek: New Charging Station Keeps It All Neat And Clean  —  The beauty of the "blog" format for us is that it allows us to give folks a peak at what's next for the Gomadic crew without having to publish a web page with the traditional format.  —  So feast your hungry eyes …
 
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Brian Alvey / The Brian Alvey Weblog:
Why I am leaving AOL
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
With its fifth security update for 2007, Apple patches 17 flaws
Discussion: TechSpot News and ZDNet.com.au
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
With FON deal, Boingo aims to expand network
Discussion: TechSpot News
BBC:
Third of bloggers 'risk the sack'
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
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Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
Bookmarks on Places now enabled for Firefox 3 alpha 5
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
N.J. Sues YouTube over Deadly Crash Footage
Discussion: Techdirt
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Verizon Claims Vonage's Appeal Isn't So Obvious
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm
John Falcone / CNET News.com:
PS3 1.80 firmware upgrade adds media streaming, DVD upscaling
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HTC Kaiser Unboxing
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The World's Thinnest Notebook
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
2006 Online Ad Spending Hits Nearly $17 Billion
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED
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Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search
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The OpenCoffee Club Movement
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