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9:30 AM ET, May 25, 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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Facebook Expands Into MySpace's Territory  —  With an ambitious strategy for expansion, Facebook is getting in MySpace's face.  —  Facebook, the Internet's second-largest social network, was originally popular on college campuses, but over the last year it has opened its dorm-room doors to all …
Discussion: Snipperoo and
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.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Facebook Platform: 30+ Awesome Applications for Facebook  —  The Facebook Platform, which goes live today, means you can use lots of cool new applications within Facebook.  We've tested most of them, as well as gathering together all the announcements made today.
Rafe Needleman /
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.
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:
Live at the Facebook Launch  —  Mark Zuckerberg is channeling Steve Jobs here at Facebook's big launch day.  A giggle just went through crowd at his presentation of the three key elements of his announcement, complete with choreographed hand gestures and reiteration: "deep integration, mass distribution, and new opportunity."
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting
Rafat Ali /
Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone  —  The big grand announcement Facebook was supposed to make this week came: it is launching widgets.  Yep.  Did WSJ get spun with a deliberate leak to hype this up?  Probably not, but if they can spin us, we can spin conspiracy yarns as well.
Discussion: Digital Markets
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook Video Launches: YouTube Beware!
Discussion: parislemon
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook F8 Live
Discussion: franticindustries
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Facebook announcement: a FAQ, video plus all-involved companies list
Discussion: Scobleizer and
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook Grows Up - An Analysis of Today's News
Marshall Kirkpatrick /   A Look at the Apps Facebook Is Letting In (Including Us!)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Causes On Facebook Launches
Robyn Tippins / The MyBlogLog Blog:
All About Tags  —  By now you've seen our newest feature, tagging, on MyBlogLog.  We have had FAR too much fun this week tagging each other, so I hope you enjoy it at least half as much as we have.  —  Some people have suggested that tags, while well-known to the tech savvy, are still unfamiliar to many web users.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MyBlogLog Gets Into Tagging  —  MyBlogLog, a distributed social network which was acquired by Yahoo earlier this year, will launch a tagging feature later this evening that will allow users to add descriptive tags to the people and blogs (called "communities") on the service.
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
A Future for Newspapers  —  New technology is mucking up the media, and newspapers seem to be taking the brunt of it.  Craigslist and eBay took away classified ad sales, direct advertisers are allocating budgets to search engines and circulation is receding faster than Bruce Willis's hairline.
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Because paper is scarce.  And so is time.  —  Andy Kessler has an excellent piece in today's Wall Street Journal titled A Future For Newspapers.  (In case that last link leads you to a paywall, Andy has the whole thing on his blog as well.  That rocks.)  Here's where Andy sees the hope:
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Final Days of Google  —  Back in the 1990s Bill Gates said the company that would eventually beat Microsoft probably had yet to be founded, by which he meant that Microsoft was in such a strong position that only something truly disruptive — a whole new business — would have a chance to unseat Redmond.
Tom Feeney / New Jersey Online:
To keep crash videos off Net, Turnpike limits access  —  In an effort to keep images of horrific car crashes from being posted on the Internet, the head of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority yesterday adopted a policy limiting the number of employees allowed to make copies of videos captured by highway surveillance cameras.
Discussion: ZDNet
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
EU probes Google grip on data  —  European data protection officials have raised concerns that Google could be contravening European privacy laws by keeping data on internet searches for too long.  —  The Article 29 working party, a group of national officials that advises the European Union …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar for mobile devices  —  Posted by Devesh Parekh, Software Engineer, Google Calendar team  —  We realize that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere.  Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team …
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