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5:50 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:
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: 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.
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.
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
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: AccMan and Valleywag
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook Video Launches: YouTube Beware!
Discussion: parislemon
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Causes On Facebook Launches
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Facebook F8 Live
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:   A Look at the Apps Facebook Is Letting In (Including Us!)
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.
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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.
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
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Tom Feeney / New Jersey Online:
To keep crash videos off Net, Turnpike limits access
Discussion: ZDNet
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.
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
Gizmodo:
I.D.: Touchless Cellphone Concept From A Parallel Universe  —  This is the latest scifi-slash-absurd design concept from branko Lukic.  The Tarati is a phone with no keys, you pass your fingers through the keyholes to dial.  Lukic describes it best: … Reach out and touch someone, eh?
Discussion: textually.org and OhGizmo!
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 …
 
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Report slams FBI network security
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Jeska Linden / Official Linden Blog:
The Plan for Voice  —  The new Voice feature has been live …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar for mobile devices
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
CBS is Doing it Right with Multi-Platform Distribution Approach …
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The End of the "Microsoft Tax"
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Because paper is scarce. And so is time.
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Valleywag:
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Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
EU probes Google grip on data
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THERE'S A HOLE IN YOUR TWITTER
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RESTful Web Services
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