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3:22 AM ET, May 8, 2008

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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Profile Redesign - Detailed Specs & First Impressions  —  As most people in the Facebook developer community are aware, the upcoming Facebook profile redesign is the biggest and most far-reaching project at the company so far this year.  Its impact on users and developers …
Discussion: Outside the Lines and Mashable!
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Sasha Rush / Facebook Developers:
Preparing for the New Facebook Profile Design  —  We're closing in on the launch of the new profile design.  We want to make sure that we give you enough time to get your applications ready and take advantage of the new features that will be available with the new design.
Discussion: TechCrunch and All Facebook
Jesse Stay / Stay N' Alive:   Facebook Announces Developer Integration Points to New Design …
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider:
Just So No One Gets the Wrong Idea. . .  I hope you are all having a great time discovering all the cool stuff in the 2.5 release.  —  We have seen some chatter in the blogosphere over the last 24 hours around a couple of posts speculating about what Zune may or may not do in terms …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft May Build a Copyright Cop Into Every Zune  —  If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn't buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on.  —  A future update of the software for Microsoft's portable media player may well include …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Microsoft denies putting ‘copyright cop’ in Zune
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bankers Talked To Facebook About a Deal  —  Microsoft Corp.'s bankers recently contacted Facebook Inc. to gauge the Internet company's willingness to sell Facebook to the software giant, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  There are no active discussions between …
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:   Microsoft Doesn't Want Yahoo Back, Enjoys “Independence”
Associated Press:   Gates says Microsoft will go it alone
InfoWorld:
Internet Archive challenges FBI's secret records demand  —  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has withdrawn a secret demand that the Internet Archive, an online library, provide the agency with a user's personal information after the Web site challenged the records request in court.
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
FBI Targets Internet Archive With Secret ‘National Security Letter’, Loses  —  The Internet Archive, a project to create a digital library of the web for posterity, successfully fought a secret government Patriot Act order for records about one of its patrons and won the right to make the order public …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp. Web Unit Sees Revenue Drop, Admits It Won't Hit FY 08 Goals  —  It took a while, but Rupert Murdoch has finally acknowledged that News Corp.'s Web business won't hit the goals he laid out for it last August.  Actually, he made Peter Chernin say it: “Let me begining by saying yes …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp: Selling Ads For MySpace Is Hard Work!
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Slapped with $110 Million Judgement  —  This default judgment is the result of an ongoing court case between the MPAA and Valence Media, TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnel's company, that started early 2006.  —  It is uncertain at this point whether TorrentSpy will appeal.
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Studios win $100 million judgment against TorrentSpy
Discussion: Techdirt
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft's Brand Confusion Runs Deep  —  The LiveSide blog today took a look at all the different bits of Microsoft's Live.com search universe and found that while the new look may live up to the stated design principle of “Simple and powerful.  Human.  Fast.” it doesn't provide a common, unified experience.
Discussion: LiveSide and Live Search
XNA Team Blog:
Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP)  —  Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you the ability to build games for the entire family of Zune media devices.  This feature gives you access to the majority …
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Zune Boards:
How to Install Games on Your Zune
Discussion: WinBeta and Gizmodo
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD talks Shanghai performance, features, roadmap to 2010  —  Randy Allen, corporate VP and general manager for AMD's Server/Workstation division presented AMD's server roadmap for the rest of 2008 today, hosted a conference call today on what the company is planning for 2009 and 2010.
Discussion: The Register
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
AMD tears up server road map to push stability
Discussion: The Tech Report
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Adobe launches Photoshop Express update with Flickr support  —  Adobe is launching an update to its free Photoshop Express image editing tool today, including support for Yahoo's Flickr online photo service.  —  The public beta of the tool now includes changes based on feedback from the community.
Discussion: PC World, Gizmodo and Ryan Stewart
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ideas Are Everywhere... So Why Do We Limit Them?  —  from the gladwell-missing-the-point dept  —  Malcolm Gladwell is a truly fantastic writer.  However, sometimes he gets so interested in making a story sound good that he misses the real point.  His latest piece for the New Yorker starts …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Can SlideShare make PowerPoint sharing interesting?  —  Many people think PowerPoint is a reason for a nap.  But an Internet start-up that helps people share slideshows online has got the attention of several prominent Silicon Valley investors.  —  On Thursday, San Francisco-based SlideShare …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
.Mac push e-mail coming to iPhone 2.0?  —  Sometimes, we at TUAW get awesome tips from our readers — this is proof.  A certain, unnamed individual sent us some pictures of the latest build of the iPhone firmware showing .Mac push e-mail.  The picture shows the main Settings page with a new button: “Fetch new data.”
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Starts Blacklisting Spammers  —  You know you've made it as a communications medium when you start attracting spammers.  On Twitter, the problem is getting bad enough that the service is starting to blacklist people who spam other members.  There is already an unofficial site called …
 
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Do-It-Yourself Display Ads May Reshape Online Marketing
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rod Boothby / Joyeur:
What is Cloud Computing?  —  We went to the Web 2.0 Expo and asked …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Business Wire:
46-inch Panel With Brightest LCD Adds New Dimension in Digital Signage …
Discussion: SlashGear and Engadget HD
Mary A. C. Fallon / DEMO.com:
Kaazing will integrate with Sun's GlassFish application server
Discussion: eWeek
Michael Cerda / Cerdafied:
“Giant steps are what you take.”  —  This is what you'll hear on my ringback ironically.
Discussion: GigaOM, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Happy Birthday Israel!
Discussion: InfoWorld and InformationWeek
The Mozilla Blog:
COMPROMISED FILE IN VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE PACK FOR FIREFOX 2
Discussion: Spyware Sucks and Threat Level
Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Doom 4 announced, id Software hiring
 Earlier Items: 
GamesIndustry.biz:
NVIDIA to “simplify” product range
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Marc Benioff heralds Web 3.0 at DreamForce Europe
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Macs in the Enterprise  —  In every O'Reilly conference …
Discussion: CNET News.com
philly.metro.us:
Citywide Wi-Fi could be shut down
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sprint Spending $100 Million to Kick iPhone in the Nuts (iPhone Wearing Cup)
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
PC World:
OpenOffice 3.0 Beta Released
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Customer service via Twitter works for unpopular people too
Alertbox:
How Little Do Users Read?
Discussion: WebProNews and ReadWriteWeb
 

 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
After suing Imgur over copyright, photographer's archive of 20K+ images uploaded to Pirate Bay

 
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