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6:05 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
Discussion: CellPassion and PalmAddicts
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?
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:   Has the Facebook platform hit its peak?
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nears Deal With Clearwire  —  $12 Billion Joint Venture Secures Backing From Intel, Google and Cable Operators  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. are close to announcing a $12 billion joint venture that plans to roll out ultra fast wireless Internet access for cellphones …
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Sprint and Clearwire cleared for WiMax launch
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 release notes updated to final version
Discussion: Engadget
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%
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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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
RIAA Wants ISPs to Act on Piracy  —  The RIAA's Mitch Bainwol is back on Capitol Hill, and this time, he's not touting how online piracy has been contained.  Actually, quite the contrary.  If there was a music industry equivalent of an SOS, today's testimony would be it.
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:   RIAA: Piracy fight more important than net neutrality bill
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
RIAA: Don't let Net neutrality hurt piracy fight
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Neil Young Announces Collected Work With Dynamic Updates from the Web  —  I'm here at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco where Neil Young, legendary rocker and the provider of the soundtrack to my early 20's, is announcing a very cool project with Sun Microsystems.
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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 …
Business Wire:
THQ Reports Fiscal 2008 Fourth Quarter Results  —  AGOURA HILLS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI - News) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, and provided its financial outlook for the first quarter ending June 30, 2008, and fiscal year ending March 31, 2009.
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
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: WebProNews, AppScout and Switched
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Live Search's New Design Goes Live  —  After weeks of Microsoft testing a new home page design for Live.com, the new design seems to be live now.  —  When I visit Live.com, I see:  —  The new design is noticeably different then the past design.  The page is centered in the middle, there are new shades of gradient greens with blues.
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.
 
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