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12:15 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 …
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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 …
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
A Makeover for Facebook, and a Growing Audience  —  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 …
Discussion: Rev2.org
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.
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."
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Facebook's plan to hook up the world  —  The company's boy-wonder CEO wants to take social networking out of the dorm room and make it a platform for new businesses, reports David Kirkpatrick in a Fortune exclusive.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — Imagine that when you shopped online for a digital camera …
Discussion: Valleywag and AccMan
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Facebook announcement: a FAQ, video plus all-involved companies list
Discussion: TechCrunch and rexduffdixon.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Causes On Facebook Launches
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:   Facebook Platform: 30+ Awesome Applications for Facebook
Rob Hof / Business Week:
Facebook Aims to Socialize All Online Services
Discussion: Between the Lines
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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
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.
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
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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Steve Bryant / eWEEK.com:
N.J. Sues YouTube over Deadly Crash Footage  —  The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is suing several video sites, including YouTube, for infringing on the copyright of car crash footage recorded on the turnpike, eWEEK has learned.  —  The footage in question was recorded by a NJTA video camera.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Techdirt
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
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 …
Brian Alvey / The Brian Alvey Weblog:
Why I am leaving AOL  —  It's not because they got rid of my old Autoblog logo and it's not an April Fool's joke involving Twitter this time.  —  About a year ago an old friend of mine asked me if I wanted to be involved in a comic book publishing company with him.  We discussed it off and on and I was hooked.
 
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Valleywag:
Essay: The Valley's impoverished imagination
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Guardian
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
You might be digitzing books on the Web without knowing it thanks …
Discussion: Techdirt, Boing Boing and Slashdot
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
EU probes Google grip on data
Discussion: Ars Technica
Valleywag:
Rumormonger: Amp'd Mobile
Discussion: GigaOM and mocoNews.net
Ben Maurer / Exploring:
reCAPTCHA: A new way to fight spam
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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
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Third of bloggers 'risk the sack'
Basil / Mozilla Developer News:
Bookmarks on Places now enabled for Firefox 3 alpha 5
Discussion: PC World and Neowin.net
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Verizon Claims Vonage's Appeal Isn't So Obvious
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
IBM alliance will take the fight with Intel down to 32nm
Gomadic Corp / Gomadic Blog:
Gomadic Sneak Peek: New Charging Station Keeps It All Neat And Clean
The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Kaiser Unboxing
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
The World's Thinnest Notebook
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