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10:55 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.
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 …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Facebook Connect - another step to open social networks
Discussion: Damien Mulley
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Joins the Yahoo! Search Team  —  Last year, Yahoo! Search launched Search Assist to help users find what they're looking for quickly and easily by providing query suggestions and related concepts in real-time.  Today, Yahoo! Search is embracing the Mac community …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Yahoo Acquires Inquisitor to Target Safari Users
Discussion: TechCrunch
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook: Friends with Money  —  The social network taps a fresh source of funds for $100 million and will buy more servers to support its growth in users and applications  —  Facebook is about to stuff more cash into its already full coffers.  Having raised $360 million in the span of seven months …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Borrows $100 Million to Buy Servers
Discussion: VentureBeat
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  —  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.
Julie Ruvolo / VentureBeat:
Madison Avenue shift: Look who's leaving big firms, moving to digital startups  —  Executives at major media companies and advertising agencies are defecting to web start-ups in increasing numbers, attracted by some combination of equity and autonomy.  Here's a closer look at who's left, and gone where.
Discussion: and ReadWriteWeb
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sneak Peak At Android Apps Out of MIT  —  A class at MIT built some mobile apps for Google's Android operating system and presented them today.  CrunchGear's own superblogger Doug Aamoth reports on the seven apps—loco, Flare, GeoLife, Re:public, Locale, Kei, and snap—that he saw.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The 5 Stages of a Consumer Web Startup  —  In my years covering technology, I've gotten more than my fair share of pitches related to the latest consumer Internet startup.  Thanks to this I've been able to witness what amounts to be a near-familiar life cycle for these companies.
Zune reaches 2m sales; flat versus iPod  —  As part of its recent Zune update, Microsoft has revealed that it has sold two million of the music players since their launch in November 2006, revealing relatively flat growth for the device lineup.  Although the company originally promised …
Discussion: Digital Daily, VentureBeat and MacUser
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.
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
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 …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Spam Moves to Cellphones and Gets More Invasive  —  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 …
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