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1:10 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 to all …
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  —  Facebook is holding their "f8" event today in San Francisco.  For real-time notes, check Webware (they have live video) and TechCrunch.  —  Here is a list of the companies included in the new Facebook Platform:
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and rexduffdixon.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Causes On Facebook Launches
Rob Hof / Business Week:
Facebook Aims to Socialize All Online Services
Discussion: GigaOM
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:   Facebook Platform: 30+ Awesome Applications for Facebook
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Erica Ogg / ZDNet:
What Wal-Mart means to Dell
Discussion: BloggingStocks and TechSpot News
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Dell to sell computers at Wal-Mart
Discussion: The Tech Report
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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oreilly.com:   RESTful Web Services
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
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:
Discussion: Andy Kessler and Newsome.Org
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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 …
Alpha Doggs / Network World:
You might be digitzing books on the Web without knowing it thanks to this stealthy anti-spam technology  —  You know those pesky but necessary CAPTCHA boxes whose squiggly letters and digits you need to retype to make use of certain parts of sites such as Yahoo, Wikipedia and PayPal?
Discussion: Techdirt, Boing Boing and Slashdot
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Advisory board finale  —  Every so often I get an email asking what's up with the RSS Advisory Board.  —  Here's what I thought in May 2004: "This group is not a standards organization.  It does not own RSS, or the spec, it has no more or less authority than any other group of people who wish to promote RSS."
Discussion: Workbench and The RSS Blog
 
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
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Valleywag:
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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
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With FON deal, Boingo aims to expand network
Discussion: TechSpot News
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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
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