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12:30 PM ET, May 10, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook borrows $100M to build out its infrastructure  —  Facebook is borrowing $100 million from venture loan firm TriplePoint to finance the expansion of its server farms, and other infrastructure expenses, Business Week's Spencer E. Ante reports.  Why this additional money?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:   Facebook Borrows $100 Million to Buy Servers
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
Hackers Find a New Place to Hide Rootkits  —  Security researchers have developed a new type of malicious rootkit software that hides itself in an obscure part of a computer's microprocessor, hidden from current antivirus products.  —  Called a System Management Mode (SMM) rootkit …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
BlackBerry vs. iPhone  —  1: WHEREIN NEITHER ‘RIM’ NOR ‘BLACKBERRY’ ARE EVEN MENTIONED, BUT RATHER THE STAGE IS SET FOR SHOWING WHY THEY MIGHT BE SERIOUSLY SCREWED  —  Along the lines of can't-really-be-answered-but-gosh- they're-fun-to-ponder questions like, say, “Who'd win in a fight …
Discussion: Technovia
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: … … … …
Discussion: Traffick
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
.org owners facing 10% hike in registration fees this fall  —  Organizations that own .org domains may soon find themselves paying a bit more to renew, transfer, and register new domains.  The company that operates the .org domain, Public Interest Registry (PIR), has decided to raise wholesale rates …
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Is Microsoft stalking Powerset's search technology?  —  While Powerset is preparing for the public rollout of its unique, semantic search engine, Microsoft may be interested in acquiring the startup, according to sources.  —  I asked Barney Pell, Powerset co-founder and CTO, whether there was any truth to a Microsoft-Powerset deal.
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.09.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Marc Canter, Robert W. Anderson, Dana Gardner, Doc Searls, and Mike Vizard - decentralize Twitter with Chris Saad, Bob Lee, and Loren Feldman.  Recorded Friday, May 5, 2008.  —  Standard Podcast [79:35m]: Play Now |  Play in Popup |  Download (467)
Orli Yakuel / GO2WEB20 Blog:
HelloTxt Added Image and Video support  —  HelloTxt is the most impressive aggregate of microblogging services through which the user can insert their messages on all main microblogging services in a simply and simultaneous way.  —  I've been using this site for a long time …
Discussion: Mashable! and Download Squad
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.
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
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
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Proposed cybersecurity bill to pressure DHS
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Zune reaches 2m sales; flat versus iPod
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook's Valuation Problem
Discussion: Deal Journal and WinBeta
Richard Liebson / The Journal News:
Stolen laptop leads victim to alleged thieves