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3:30 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 …
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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Beyond Search and WebGuild
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Security flaw turns Gmail into open-relay server  —  A recently-discovered flaw in Gmail is capable of turning Google's e-mail service into a highly effective spam machine.  According to the Information Security Research Team (INSERT), Gmail is susceptible to a man-in-the-middle attack …
Discussion: Googling Google
Robert / infOpinions?:
PR Bludgeons Itself ::  Again  —  Kelli Matthews, of the University of Oregon, has a good post in PROpenMic.org entitled PR Taking it in the Teeth (Again).  —  I'll share my response, but ask that you visit her post and read the comments by students (sign up required, membership is free).
IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Limit Capabilities of Cheap Laptops  —  Microsoft is launching a program to promote the use of its Windows OS in ultra low-cost PCs, one effect of which will be to limit the hardware capabilities of this type of device, IDG News Service has learned.
Discussion: Engadget
Fred / A VC:
Three Reasons To Use Disqus  —  First, I'd like to be perfectly clear that our firm, Union Square Ventures, is an investor in Disqus.  So I am clearly biased about what I am about to say.  Second, I'd like to point out that the reason we made the investment is largely based on my experience …
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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook borrows $100M to build out its infrastructure
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: Download Squad and Mashable!
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!
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: … http://www.techcrunch.com … http://www.nytimes.com … http://www.engadget.com … http://news.com.com
Discussion: Traffick
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
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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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
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Discussion: broadstuff
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)
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 …
 
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