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8:40 PM ET, June 22, 2007

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The Facebook Problem  —  I've had an account on Facebook for a while.  Until a month ago - around the time of the F8 Platform launch - I checked it once a month.  —  In the last 30 days, I've been checking it once a day.  My friends list has exploded, I've added a bunch of apps …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
I have 400,000 users of my widget - Now what?  Freemium potential?  —  Widgets are the coolest thing now.  InsideFacebook has a story today about a guy who built a "Where I've Been" map widget that has attracted 400,000 Facebook users.  Now he is struggling to pay for servers and bandwidth …
Between the Lines:
Yahoo's search for a social graph
Discussion: Business Week
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Gets Help From Its Friends
Discussion: The Next Net
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Internet Stocks on Seeking Alpha:
Yahoo/eBay Merger Case Strengthened By Semel Departure  —  Tim Poulus submits: I believe all the turmoil around Yahoo! (YHOO) following CEO Terry Semel's resignation fortifies the case for a merger with eBay (EBAY), which I defended before.  —  Keep in mind that Google (GOOG) is the perennial enemy to both.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!/eBay Actually Makes Sense, but Won't Happen  —  The Yahoo!/eBay merger has long been rumored and today gets another whirlwind, but because it's so logical, we don't think either side will have the common sense to pull it off.  While it's easy to mention a few of the obvious reasons for the deal …
Discussion: TechBizMedia and Skype Journal
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Trade commission denies stay on Qualcomm chip ban  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has denied Qualcomm's request for a stay on the ban imposed earlier this month on new 3G handset models that use Qualcomm chips, Broadcom announced Friday.  —  Qualcomm has been found to be infringing on several patents of rival Broadcom.
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Reuters:
Qualcomm's Request for Stay on ITC Order Denied
Discussion: The Register
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple iPhone Displays at Apple Stores (and AT&T Stores) [Updatedx3]  —  It appears that Apple iPhone displays are going up at Apple Stores.  TUAW noted that a "large, covered rectangular display" appeared at the 5th Avenue Apple Store last night.  They've also posted a small gallery of images of the shrouded display.
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Chris Faylor / Shacknews:
Sony Confirms Full PSP CPU Speed (Updated)  —  Update: The availability of the PSP's full CPU speed only affects in-development titles, a SCE representative has told Shacknews.  Previously released PSP games continue to operate at the speed they were originally programmed for …
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Canceling iPhone service early will cost $175  —  AT&T: Fee covers more than just the new device  —  AT&T Inc. has spent $50 million to beef up its relatively slow wireless network in anticipation of the heightened activity expected to follow the iPhone's debut next week …
David Bercovich / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Google Sells Hardware?  —  The first time people learn about the Google Search Appliance, they often remark, 'I didn't know Google makes hardware.' Actually, to power the millions of searches and other products, Google builds and deploys LOTS of servers in datacenters all over the world.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell
Discussion: WebProNews
andrewmager.com:
Experiencing Buzz Out Loud  —  Today I had the chance to sit in on a live episode of Buzz Out Loud, CNET's podcast of indeterminate length.  —  I have always been a huge fan of BOL, so today was very exciting for me.  I meant to videotape the first five minutes, but my Canon camera didn't save the first video I took.
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Tom Merritt / CNET News.com:
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft puts end to independent Longhorn Reloaded project  —  Just a few weeks after the independent developers of Longhorn Reloaded hit milestone 1, Microsoft has effectively shut the project down with a cease and desist notice.  —  Longhorn reloaded is an operating system based …
Discussion: BetaNews
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Valleywag:
Federated Media: Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan  —  The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.  It's become redundant: the reading public typically wants journalists to drop …
Patrick Klepek / 1UP.com:
JAFFE FORMING STUDIO WITH HEAD OF INCOGNITO  —  Group to be based out of Utah, as hinted. … David Jaffe is no longer a part of the internal workings at Sony Computer Entertainment America.  1UP confirmed with multiple sources that Jaffe is currently working with Incognito Entertainment head Scott Campbell …
Discussion: GamePro.com, Kotaku and Game | Life
Huibk / my.opera.com:
Kestrel is coming!  —  The last couple of months we've been working hard on the upcoming Opera 9.5 release, codename Kestrel.  Opera 9.5 will contain many cool new features, improvement of existing features, and we fixed a lot of bugs.  Within a few weeks we will publish 9.5 weeklies on this blog so everyone can start playing with it.
Huffington Post:
Open Source is Not Innovative  —  Quick — name an open source product that's innovative.  If you said "Linux," you failed the test.  Linux — the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its "free software" advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows — is not an innovation.
Discussion: Open Source and IPcentral Weblog
Bojan Zdrnja / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Fake Adobe Shockwave Player download page  —  Jason Frisvold wrote to us about a suspicious web page.  One of his users visited the web page he submitted and subsequently got infected with a Trojan horse.  —  When we get reports of web pages like this one, I typically first download the web page with wget …
 
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Bjoern H. Amland / Associated Press:
Opera Software reshuffles after struggle
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Council OKs Wi-Fi network
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Virtual goods worth $1.5 billion; success stories speak
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Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
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Sold to the highest bidder
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Group Chat Feature Released
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EU privacy watchdogs extend search engine probe
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