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10:45 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 …
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: Snipperoo, MarketingVOX and
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.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Opens Up Its 'Platform' To Everyone  —  "Facebook is the anti-MySpace" and "Facebook is a new type of "Web 2.0" portal" are some of the things that were and are being said yesterday and today about the social network's new "Facebook Platform" initiative.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Live at the Facebook Launch
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Facebook Grows Up - An Analysis of Today's News
Between the Lines:   Facebook: The social Web utility company
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook Video Launches: YouTube Beware!
Discussion: parislemon
Rafat Ali /
Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone
Discussion: Digital Markets
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook F8 Live
Discussion: franticindustries
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Causes On Facebook Launches
Discussion: Techscape and Mashable!
Marshall Kirkpatrick /   A Look at the Apps Facebook Is Letting In (Including Us!)
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Facebook announcement: a FAQ, video plus all-involved companies list
Discussion: Scobleizer and
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.
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.
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.
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
A Future for Newspapers  —  New technology is mucking up the media, and newspapers seem to be taking the brunt of it.  Craigslist and eBay took away classified ad sales, direct advertisers are allocating budgets to search engines and circulation is receding faster than Bruce Willis's hairline.
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:
Constant Brand / Associated Press:
EU probes Google over privacy concerns  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - An independent European Union panel has launched an investigation into whether Google Inc.'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules.  —  EU spokesman Pietro Petrucci said Friday that the 28-member panel …
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
EU probes Google grip on data  —  European data protection officials have raised concerns that Google could be contravening European privacy laws by keeping data on internet searches for too long.  —  The Article 29 working party, a group of national officials that advises the European Union …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Calendar for mobile devices  —  Posted by Devesh Parekh, Software Engineer, Google Calendar team  —  We realize that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere.  Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team …
Angle Of The Dangle: Hot Spartan: Halo 2 Vista Contains Sins Of The Flesh  —  Where's The Resistance Downloadable Content?  —  Hey, Insomniac, where's that Resistance downloadable content?  Don't think we've forgotten, you boobs!  And no, a patch and a couple of little multiplayer tweaks don't count, we're greedy, we expect...more.
Discussion: DailyTech, Inquirer and digg
Tom Feeney / New Jersey Online:
To keep crash videos off Net, Turnpike limits access  —  In an effort to keep images of horrific car crashes from being posted on the Internet, the head of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority yesterday adopted a policy limiting the number of employees allowed to make copies of videos captured by highway surveillance cameras.
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?
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The End of the "Microsoft Tax"  —  Today, bowing to customer demand, Dell launched a new series of desktops featuring the free, open-source Ubuntu operating system.  —  To my knowledge, this is the first time Dell has ever offered any non-Microsoft operating system on their desktops.
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CBS Goes Widget Crazy
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Will Andrews / Business Week:
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John Shinal / MarketWatch:
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs set for historic conversation
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft postpones PDC
Tony Smith / The Register:
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Flickr Find: Microsoft Amnesty Bin for iPods
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and digg
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Report slams FBI network security
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
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