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5:26 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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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.  —  It is essentially a new version of their API for third party websites, which was first launched in August 2006.
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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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook to open the gates with ‘Facebook Connect’
Discussion: Mashable! and Salon
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.
Discussion: WebGuild and MediaFile
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Bloomberg:
Google May Run Display Advertisements With Image-Search Results
Discussion: Mashable! and ClickZ News Blog
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
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 …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
AT&T Changes its Mind Again, No Hotspot Access for iPhone Users  —  AT&T has flip-flopped yet again on the issue of iPhone customers getting free access to AT&T hotspots.  While yesterday the iPhone plans page clearly stated that access to the hotspots was included with all plans, that statement is now gone again.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T's Wi-Fi Tease for iPhone Users
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
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 …
Discussion: OSNews
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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? ...
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.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Wimpy  —  Every few years I actually make a television show for PBS and one of those rare occurrences is coming this month with “The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely.”  Because of PBS scheduling anarchy you'll have to check your local listings to see when the show is on.
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 …
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
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.
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Tech Conferences: A Breeding Ground of Disease?  —  Large tech companies turn their annual conferences into lavish affairs featuring high-quality gifts for attendees and concerts by big-name rock stars.  But lately an unplanned giveaway has stolen some headlines: the flu.
Discussion: Computerworld
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.
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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InfoWorld:
Apple slammed on climate change
Discussion: Infinite Loop and TG Daily
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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