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7:30 PM ET, June 22, 2007

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Feld Thoughts:
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and Feld Thoughts
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Gets Help From Its Friends
Discussion: The Next Net
Between the Lines:
Yahoo's search for a social graph
Discussion: Business Week
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Business.com on the Auction Block?  —  This morning I woke up and got a bad feeling that we were back in crazy times.  The WSJ ran a story about how Business.com was about to get the last laugh in a sale of the company for $300-400M.  Insanity, I thought.  After all, insanity means doing …
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Buy the business.com domain and we'll throw in this profitable company for free  —  I suppose everyone's got some coulda-shoulda investment story.  I distinctly remember at age 11 regretting that my allowance did not allow me to put some early money into communications satellites.
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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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 …
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Mark Androvich / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony confirms 145 PS3 games for US before March  —  At least 15 first-party games due in fiscal year  —  Sony has promised PlayStation 3 owners that at least 145 titles are on the way to the US, which includes approximately 40 PSN titles and more than 105 boxed games.
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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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
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 …
joejoe.org:
!!very important announcement regarding Longhorn reloaded!!, Return to the forum  —  It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to longhorn reloaded.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft puts end to independent Longhorn Reloaded project
Discussion: BetaNews
Tom Merritt / CNET News.com:
Buzz Out Loud Show Notes - Big hands, small iPhone  —  Apple is being accused of using models with enormous hands to make the iPhone look smaller.  Gizmodo has a pretty good comparison of two photos that make it look as if large-handed people may be in the employ of Steve Jobs.
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andrewmager.com:   Experiencing Buzz Out Loud
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Group Chat Feature Released  —  It's a small feature, but much requested, and with interesting implications for all Google Talk users: the browser-based Google Talk gadget now allows you to create multi-user chat rooms.  To open such a room, click on "Group Chat" …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk Gadget Adds Multi-User Chats
Discussion: Googlified
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.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Mono Silverlight implementation emerges after epic hackathon  —  After 20 days of "intense" programming, Novell's Mono development team has successfully produced a functioning prototype of Moonlight, an open-source Mono-based implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight rich-media application development framework.
Chris Williams / The Register:
EU privacy watchdogs extend search engine probe  —  Equal treatment for all our big brothers  —  EU privacy worrywarts will expand their investigation into Google to other search engines' data retention policies.  —  According to IDG, European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx …
 
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Christopher S. Rugaber / Associated Press:
Google asks gov't to fight censorship
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband Subscribers, 300 million strong
Chris Williams / The Register:
Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand player
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Council OKs Wi-Fi network
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Ask Advertising Campaign Slammed
Discussion: WebProNews
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Coming this fall: Two new Tivoli Wi-Fi radios
Discussion: CrunchGear
Brian McConnell / VentureBeat:
Sold to the highest bidder
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple: 20 Minute Museum Tour of the iPhone
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Truveo Hits (Almost) 40 Million Visitors
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"Manhunt 2" Temporarily Suspended From Release
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