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12:55 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?
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
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.
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!
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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