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3:45 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: All Facebook and Technology Live
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 …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows XP SP3 Sows Havoc, Users Complain
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Mowser.mobi !  —  Mowser has a new home!  —  It took a few weeks to work out the details, but pretty much on the day that I announced Mowser was shutting, the guys at dotMobi got in touch with us interested in the service.  Today is the official announcement that they've acquired the site and technology …
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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 …
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
PR Newswire:
Circuit City Board of Directors Authorizes Exploration of Strategic Alternatives to Enhance Shareholder Value  —  Company Agrees to Allow Blockbuster and Icahn to Conduct Due Diligence  —  Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC - News) announced today that it has retained Goldman Sachs & Co …
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to be announced May 12th at WES 2008  —  You heard it here first, people!  The much-awaited BlackBerry 9000 will be announced on May 12th, the first day of WES 2008 in Orlando, FL.  There will even be booths setup so y'all can demo the device to your heart's delight.
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Bloomberg and MediaFile
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Analysis: MySpace and Facebook challenge mobile-only social networks  —  Mobile life is blooming.  Some 47 mobile social network companies have emerged globally, to help cater to our need to message and communicate while on the go.  —  But what about the huge incumbents, like MySpace or Facebook?
Discussion: The Social Times
Hsu Chuang Khoo / Reuters:
Britain's Blinkx flies on Google, Newscorp bid talk  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Shares of British video search engine firm Blinkx surged 50 percent to a seven-month high on Friday, on talk that Internet giant Google and media conglomerate NewsCorp may bid for the firm.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Responds To MySpace With Facebook Connect  —  Facebook has announced Facebook Connect, which has similar functionality to MySpace Data Availability, announced just yesterday.  —  It is essentially a new version of their API for third party websites, which was first launched in August 2006.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Compiler
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Nokia aiming to reinvent itself as an “Internet company”  —  During Nokia's annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo seemed to change the direction of the entire company.  “Our goal is to act less like a traditional manufacturer, and more like an internet company,” Kallasvuo told his shareholders.
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.
Office Sustained Engineering:
Office 2007 SP1 releasing to Automatic Update  —  As we noted when we released Office 2003 Service Pack 3 via Microsoft Update (MU), we are committed to providing at least 30 days notice before making Office service packs available via Microsoft Update automatic distribution (for Vista and XP).
 
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft's Answer to Google Sky to Launch at End of May
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Borthwick, Betaworks, and the Search for the Incubator Holy Grail
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Virgin Mobile USA and Helio in merger talks?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Travel Update: Private Jet Grounded This Winter
Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Appeal $1.3 Billion EU Fine
Chris Laker / Daily Mail:
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BBC:
Serious playtime  —  For many years the average video gamer …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft talks up using printers to make drugs
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Last.fm announces original video programming
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Piracy now “public nuisance” in Los Angeles County
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InfoWorld:
Apple slammed on climate change
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Financial Times:
Blinkx in focus over Nasdaq
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?
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The Ultimate Twitter Revenue Model
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