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9:20 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.
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.
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 …
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: TechSpot News and CNET
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Dell To Sell Two Models Through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club Starting June 10
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 …
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 …
Joe Weisenthal / Techdirt:
Who Are The Losers In SEC's SarbOx Rule Change?
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The OpenCoffee Club Movement  —  The OpenCoffee Club is "a place for people who love startups to hang out and meet" according to their recently launched social site on  From Cork to Capetown, Seattle to Sydney, and Paris to Palo Alto, people are getting together on a weekly basis …
Discussion: AccMan, seattleduck and digg
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 …
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 …
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
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