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6:40 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Next Net
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Facebook aims to be Social OS; Waiting for F8 the Big Launch
Discussion: Business Week
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET
Wal-Mart to begin selling Dell PCs  —  Dell plans to begin selling desktop PCs in Wal-Mart Stores in the next few weeks, the first move in a major departure from its decades-long sales strategy.  —  Wal-Mart plans to sell the Dimension E521 in more than 3,000 retail locations in the United States …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell To Sell Two Models Through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club Starting June 10
Discussion: CNET
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Dell to sell computers at Wal-Mart
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
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 …
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.
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:   Star Wars Episode VII: The Empire Wises Up
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Todd Watson
Dell Offers Three Consumer Systems With Ubuntu 7.04  —  It's finally here.  Later today, Dell will offer U.S customers three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops and the Inspiron E1505n notebook.  These systems [will be] are now available at [by 4pm CST] today.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Ubuntu Linux machines launching today
Discussion: Compiler, Forever Geek and Channel 9
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The World's Thinnest Notebook  —  If it catches on, Intel's sleek laptop could be a game changer for PCs  —  When Intel asked designers to build a better laptop, its instructions were simple, really.  The machine has to be fashionable, able to connect to all manner of wireless networks …
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: Consumerist
Edo / Pink Tentacle:
Flexible, full-color OLED  —  On May 24, Sony unveiled what it is calling the world's first flexible, full-color organic electroluminescent display (OLED) built on organic thin-film transistor (TFT) technology.  OLEDs typically use a glass substrate, but Sony researchers developed new technology …
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Kaiser Unboxing  —  Remember the exciting news from last evening?  Here it is!  As you can imagine, we've seen our share of devices here at BGR, and I personally have combed through almost all.  Let's start it off like this...the HTC Kaiser is the best darn Pocket PC I have ever used!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Google patent app shows extensive Google plans for mobile search  —  A Google Patent application newly published on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website this morning appears to furnish extensive details on Google's plans for enhanced local searches via mobile devices.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What is Web 3.0?  —  My talk went well, and I did talk briefly about how we should think about Web 3.0.  I know other people have said it's the Semantic Web, and maybe that use of the name will stick.  I'm with Tim Berners-Lee who says Web 2.0 is really what the web itself is about.
Discussion: Valleywag and
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.
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Microsoft eyeing empty Nintendo site
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Apple and music labels accused of shortchanging artists
Cory Sorice / CrunchGear:
Patent Monkey: Nokia Two Screen Tablet with Removable Key Board
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2006 Online Ad Spending Hits Nearly $17 Billion
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Discussion: Christopher Null and mopocket
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
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Victor Keegan / Guardian:
No such thing as a free download