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11:25 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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Opens Up Its 'Platform' To Everyone
Discussion: Screenwerk and NewTeeVee
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Live at the Facebook Launch
Discussion: B.Mann Consulting
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook Video Launches: YouTube Beware!
Discussion: parislemon
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Facebook F8 Live
Discussion: franticindustries
Rafat Ali /
Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone
Between the Lines:
Facebook: The social Web utility company
Discussion: Business Week
Stephanie Bodoni Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Google may be violating EU privacy laws on user search data  —  Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular search engine, may be violating the European Union's privacy laws by storing information on customer queries for as long as two years, advisers to EU regulators told the company.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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 …
Google queried on privacy policy  —  Google has been told that it may be breaking European privacy laws by keeping people's search information on its servers for up to two years.  —  A data protection group that advises the European Union has written to the search giant to express concerns.
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:
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 …
Brendan Sinclair / CNET
Sony sued over Blu-ray  —  Given its global position as an electronics giant, Sony is quite familiar with patent law and the potential penalties for infringement.  —  Barely three months ago, Sony paid $97 million in damages and interest to Immersion Corporation in a dispute over the rumble functions in Sony's Dual Shock controllers.
Discussion: Engadget
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?
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google-Proof PR?  —  Sue Scheff's business, Parents Universal Resource Experts, places troubled teens in reform schools—and generates a lot of controversy.  Disgruntled clients have accused Scheff's company of sending kids to abusive programs, and the Web is full of complaints …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
PR Newswire:
CBS Partners With Leading Community Sites and Social Application Providers to Add New Layer of Interactivity to the CBS Audience Network  —  Agreements Empower Users to Embed CBS Clips into Their Profiles, Websites, Blogs, Wikis, Widgets and Community Pages  —  New Partners Signed with Automattic …
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Will Andrews / Business Week:
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Bill Gates, Steve Jobs set for historic conversation
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Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ars Technica
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Flickr Find: Microsoft Amnesty Bin for iPods
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Report slams FBI network security
Discussion: Inquirer and Slashdot
Tom Feeney / New Jersey Online:
To keep crash videos off Net, Turnpike limits access
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
The End of the "Microsoft Tax"
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