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5:45 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 …
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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.
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.
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
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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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
AT&T Changes its Mind Again, No Hotspot Access for iPhone Users
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.
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: The Inquisitr
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 …
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
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? ...
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?
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.
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.
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
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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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook's Valuation Problem
Richard Liebson / The Journal News:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to appeal EC's $1.39 billion fine
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Media Buyers: So Old They Still Watch CBS (YHOO, MSFT, TWX)
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
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Analysis: MySpace and Facebook challenge mobile-only social networks
Discussion: The Social Times
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Chris Laker / Daily Mail:
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Discussion: CNET News.com and Digg
Steve Rosenbush / paidContent.org:
Inside The Deals: Forget Yahoo—Microsoft Needs To Go On The Ultimate Corporate Diet
Discussion: Deal Journal and HipMojo.com
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”
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Inside Microsoft's War Against Google
 

 
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