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6:30 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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Dave Morin / Facebook Developers:
Announcing Facebook Connect  —  At Facebook, we're committed to enabling people to communicate and stay connected wherever they go.  —  In August 2006, we introduced the first version of the Facebook API, enabling users to share their information with the third party websites and applications they choose.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Responds To MySpace With Facebook Connect  —  Facebook will announce later today Facebook Connect, which has similar functionality to MySpace Data Availability, announced just yesterday.  The actual product won't be released for at least a few weeks, so the timing on this …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Lift 5,000 Friends Limit  —  Facebook will soon remove a limitation that restricts users to no more than 5,000 friend connections, someone close to the company told us this week.  —  There are stories around why the limitation exists at all.  The official reason is that Facebook wants …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Confirms Plans To Put Display Ads On Google.com  —  The most pressing question for Google (GOOG) shareholders is what product will drive the company's next growth boom as the search product cycle ends.  Most likely candidate?  Not sexy mobile or video.  Just boring old display ads.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T's Wi-Fi Tease for iPhone Users  —  Maybe it's because I work as a reporter, but it seems to me that secrets are overrated.  I suspect that so often the cost of keeping secrets is greater than whatever benefit they bring.  —  You may disagree.  But there's one thing that should be clear …
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David Watanabe / DWBlog:
inquisitor joins yahoo!  —  Today, I am very pleased to announce that Yahoo! has acquired the rights to Inquisitor, my instant search extension for Safari.  —  For those unfamiliar, Inquisitor is a pioneering software extension that provides as-you-type instant search directly within the Safari web browser.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Joins the Yahoo! Search Team
Discussion: Mashable!, The Inquisitr and WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Rumored Google, News Corp. bids make Blinkx shares soar  —  Reuters is reporting that shares of Blinkx, a publicly traded video search site based in the U.K., climbed 50 percent on Friday following rumors that corporate giants Google and News Corp. may be vying for an acquisition.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Note to startups: Turn off “track changes”  —  Some of you may have seen this already, since it has been passed around on Twitter, but I just had to point to Rick Segal's hilarious blog post about a startup that did everything right in its business plan — right up until it sent …
Bloomberg:
Apple to provide refunds for power adapters  —  Apple Inc. agreed to pay refunds of $25 to $79 to as many as 2.3 million Macintosh computer owners to resolve claims that some of its power adapters were prone to spark.  —  Customers who bought certain replacement adapters for PowerBook …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Travel Update: Private Jet Grounded This Winter  —  Back in late February, Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty cited Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs' plane travel as a reason to be excited about Apple and its stock.  —  How does Huberty know Apple is working on lots of new toys? ...
Discussion: Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to appeal EC's $1.39 billion fine  —  Microsoft announced Friday it is appealing the European Commission's $1.39 billion fine, which the Commission imposed for failure to comply with its historic 2004 anti-trust order against the Redmond giant.  —  Microsoft filed an application …
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Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:   Microsoft to Appeal $1.3 Billion EU Fine
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?  —  Updated May 8 to add information on a second issue.  —  Updated May 9 to add information on possible additional issues as well as instructions for using the recovery console.  —  Last night WSUS deployed XP Service Pack 3 …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Spam Is Migrating to the Cellphone  —  If you thought spam on your computer was a bother, brace yourself for round two: spammers want to find you on your cellphone.  —  Cellphones have become consumers' most personal technological devices.  That is why some industry executives …
Chris Laker / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment award-winning garden is destroyed after hundreds respond to Facebook water fight  —  More than 300 people ran riot and destroyed an award-winning garden after they responded to a campaign for a mass water fight on social networking website Facebook.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What People Say When They Tweet  —  Everyone is talking about Twitter (to the consternation of many of our readers, I'm sure), but what are people talking about on Twitter?  It is really just a flood of inane status updates and fragmented chat, or are people actually talking about things that matter to them via the service?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone graphic: Apple's new map of the world  —  Like many Apple (AAPL) watchers, the investors at IMO's Apple Finance Forum have been closely following this week's flurry of announcements of iPhone deals with carriers around the world.  One of the contributors to the forum …
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gizmodo
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Why Apple should release a game console  —  The Industry Standard posted an interesting article recently discussing the possibility of Apple releasing a mobile gaming platform.  According to the writer, the circumstantial evidence points to Apple trying its luck with gaming once again.
Discussion: The Industry Standard
 
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Electronista:
Zune reaches 2m sales; flat versus iPod
Discussion: MacUser
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook's Valuation Problem
Richard Liebson / The Journal News:
Stolen laptop leads victim to alleged thieves
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Media Buyers: So Old They Still Watch CBS (YHOO, MSFT, TWX)
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Tech Conferences: A Breeding Ground of Disease?
Discussion: Computerworld
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The 5 Stages of a Consumer Web Startup
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft's Answer to Google Sky to Launch at End of May
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Borthwick, Betaworks, and the Search for the Incubator Holy Grail
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Analysis: MySpace and Facebook challenge mobile-only social networks
Discussion: The Social Times
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Maps Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4): Your Google Guide to Liberty City
Discussion: TG Daily and IGN
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?
Aidan Henry / ReadWriteWeb:
The Ultimate Twitter Revenue Model
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to be announced May 12th at WES 2008
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Nokia aiming to reinvent itself as an “Internet company”
 

 
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Despite Circulation Gains, Profit Falls 21% at New York Times Co.

Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper industry lost another 1,300 full-time editorial professionals in 2013

 
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