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4:20 AM ET, May 10, 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:
Three's Company Or Three's A Crowd?  Google To Launch “Friend Connect” On Monday  —  Don't they say good things come in threes?  Well, regardless, we've heard from multiple sources that Google will launch a new product on Monday called “Friend Connect,” which will be a set of APIs …
Discussion: WebGuild
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 …
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Answers MySpace Data Availability With Facebook Connect
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Borrows $100 Million to Buy Servers
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Spotplex Suffers Identity Crisis, Stumbles Into DeadPool  —  We introduced Spotplex in February 2007 as a potential Digg killer that served up popular stories by monitoring how many people read them.  Somewhere along the way, it also turned into an Alexa-like analytics service.
Discussion: CNET and
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
Paul Stamatiou:
Review: Summize Twitter Search  —  Summize, a company I am quite familiar with following my review of their review aggregator product, has substantially changed their company direction since I have last been in touch with them.  They are now focusing on a Twitter search tool …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Technosailor
Yuvi / The StatBot:
The All Time Techmeme Leaderboard from The Statbot  —  The Techmeme leaderboard is limited only to the past 30 days.  Here's the Top 100 Sites on Techmeme, all time: … … … …
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News: may owe Texas millions in uncollected sales taxes  —  —  Texans who shop to avoid paying sales taxes may not have that luxury for long.  —  The Texas Comptroller's Office is investigating whether the Internet retail behemoth …
Discussion: Mashable!, The Register and WebProNews
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.
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