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4:40 PM ET, May 6, 2008

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The Boy Genius Report:
Apple and AT&T to launch iPhone 3G a lot sooner than we think?  —  Well, here's the story.  Let's start this off by saying that we think this might be a little bit too early, but you never know with Apple.  Anyways, we told y'all last year before the first iPhone launched that AT&T employees …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: AT&T Says No Employee Vacations Between June 15 and July 12 For the 3G iPhone  —  According to cellpassion, AT&T's pulling a similar move as Apple did last year, disallowing any employee vacations for a period from June 15 to July 12.  If this is true, there's only one reason why AT&T would do this: the 3G iPhone.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and CellPassion
Vodafone:
Vodafone to Offer Apple's iPhone in Ten Markets  —  Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe.  Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal …
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple forced into iPhone contracts U-turn
Discussion: MuniWireless, iLounge and MacRumors
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The iPhone to go around the world in 80 days (or whenever the 3G version is ready)
Discussion: Computerworld and iLounge
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen to Facebook Board?  —  Silicon Valley luminary Marc Andreessen (pictured here) has been asked to join the board of Facebook, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  While the arrangement is not completed yet, sources said the longtime entrepreneur …
Microsoft:
Zune Expands Beyond Music to Deliver Integrated All-in-One Entertainment Experience  —  New software updates bring popular television shows to online store, enhancements to online music community and subscription service.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune, the company's …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft resumes XP, Vista updates  —  Microsoft on Tuesday said it is resuming two major Windows updates that had been halted because of a conflict with one of its own software products.  —  A week ago, Microsoft delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 because of a problem …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:   Windows XP SP3 release notes updated to final version
Royal Pingdom:
Social network downtime Jan-Apr 2008  —  This survey shows how much 16 of the largest and most popular social network sites have been unavailable during the first four months of 2008.  How much has MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, LiveJournal and many others been offline?  Read on to find out.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:   Twitter Leads Social Networks in Downtime, But Still Up Near 99%
Jesse / 20bits:
The State of the Facebook Platform  —  Something is wrong in the Facebook developer community.  Starting in March I began noticing that the level of activity in the Facebook developers forum was dropping sharply.  —  But it's numbers that matter, not vague impressions, so does the data back me up?
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:   Has the Facebook platform hit its peak?
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Have We Crossed The Chasm?  —  Geoffrey Moore wrote Crossing the Chasm over 15 years ago and it's still probably the foremost framework used for launching new technology products.  Wikipedia gives a nice summary to the theories basic premise:  —  “Moore's key insight is that the groups adopt innovations for different reasons.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn may — and should — use its new funding to go after the business software market  —  Over the weekend, we heard that LinkedIn has big news in store, that was likely not an acquisition by the most prominent interested buyer, News Corp. After we published the story on Sunday evening …
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Sarah Lacy:   Yes, LinkedIn Is Worth $1B
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
In praise of dual-class stock structures for public companies  —  A dual-class stock structure means that a company has two different classes of common stock.  Each class of stock has the same economic ownership of the company, yet different voting rights.  —  In a typical scenario …
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
When location is everywhere  —  What if you could take location as a given in the design of web applications and services?  By that I mean, what if — when someone who has never used your service before shows up, signs up (ideally with an OpenID!)  — and it's both trivial and desirable …
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Javelin and BlackBerry Niagara explained!  —  There was a little bit of confusion with the 3G-less BlackBerry 9000 we posted.  We heard two different codenames: Javelin and Niagara.  Well, we were just told some more information on both devices.
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
More Displays.  More 3D.  More to Love: VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1.  —  This public beta, a free download, boasts a handful of industry firsts for Mac virtualization, including true multi-display support …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Colbert's Webby honor: ‘Person of the Year’  —  He might not get to fulfill his presidential dreams, but comic pundit Stephen Colbert will still end 2008 with at least one, uh, honor: Person of the Year at the 12th Annual Webby Awards.  —  The “Oscars of the Internet,” …
Discussion: Switched and AppScout
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Global Telcos Plotting a Skype Rival?  —  AT&T, in conjunction with some 10-15 incumbent telecom carriers — British Telecom, Deutsche Telecom and NTT among them — is plotting to launch a Skype competitor, according to a research report issued this morning by ThinkEquity analyst Anton Wahlman.
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
17-year-old creates impressive Mac OS X multi-touch table  —  At first, it may seem impressive that a 17-year-old is making a multi-touch table running Mac OS X, similar to Microsoft's Surface, for a science fair.  It all becomes a little more clear when you consider that the youngster, Bridger Maxwell, is from Utah.
Discussion: MacUser
 
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Prices First BD-Live Blu-ray Player DMP-BD50 at $700
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
The iMac turns 10  —  To understand how far the iMac has come …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
More unofficial Mac clones up for sale on eBay
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Warner Music Group Plays with the Price of Music
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Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Comcast Abandons P2P Bill of Rights
Discussion: DSLreports
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Inside Higher Ed:
Mysterious Multiplication of Copyright Complaints
Discussion: Salon and p2pnet
Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
HTC unveils new HTC Touch Diamond, “not too big, not too small”
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry 9000 Review - eBay Purchased Device Emerges!!
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Why Yahoo Shares Lost Only 15%
Mark / dive into mark:
The day the music died  —  This is a letter I sent to my father …
Discussion: Changing Way