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4:05 PM ET, May 11, 2008


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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why Dell will not bounce back  —  I love Charles Cooper of CNET and I respect the fact that he's got to print so many column inches per week in order to earn his paycheck but I have to take issue with his latest effort (see here) where he tries to argue that while Dell looks like crap today …
Discussion: Coop's Corner
The Evolution of the Press Release  —  Editor's note: The press release is the least loved document in the media universe.  We get way too many here at TechCrunch, and some bloggers equate them to spam.  But they do have their uses.  In this guest post, Brian Solis explains how the press release …
Discussion: Stage Two Consulting
San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo working to stand alone after Microsoft deal's demise  —  Although badly bruised, Yahoo Inc. has the strength to stand alone in the aftermath of Microsoft Corp.'s abandoned takeover bid, provided the Sunnyvale Web portal can execute its strategy of making itself the premier destination …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Cgerrish / echovar:
A VENEZUELAN MOMENT: THE GILLMOR GANG CONSIDERS NATIONALIZING TWITTER  —  It must be an odd thing to run a company in the midst of a debate around the idea of nationalizing your core technology.  In a Venezuelan moment, the Gillmor Gang considers the idea that Twitter has become so important …
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Filtering is the Next Step for Social Media  —  If there's one thing to be learned from social media tools, it's that these services were not made to interact with one another.  Complaints are rolling in and heated discussions are taking place about the noise levels within social media platforms.
Discussion: Techmamas, HighTouch and BlueBlog
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Stolen Laptop Helps Turn Tables on Suspects  —  WHITE PLAINS — The thieves were voracious, filching flat-screen televisions and computer games, purloining iPods and DVDs, even making off with a box of liquor and a set of car rims in a burglary two weeks ago at an apartment three young people shared here.
Ryan Spoon:
The Front Page Effect - Why I'd Rather Be on Techmeme than Digg, Mixx, etc  —  On Friday, I had my first Techmeme ‘headline’ and it offered the chance to compare what I refer to as “The Front Page Effect” - what happens when your website / article appears on the homepage of social news sites.
Mac Rumors / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
3G iPhone Preference Found in Beta 5 Firmware?  —  While we haven't been able to independently verify this ourselves, one blog post claims the latest Beta 5 iPhone Network.plist file contains 3G preferences, and that somehow can be activated.  The claim reads:
Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
Structure and Velocity  —  Several people have asked me about the differences between Om Malik's Structure conference and our Velocity Web Performance & Operations conference.  Velocity is on June 23 & 24th at the SFO Mariott, and Structure follows on June 25th in San Francisco.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Online Apple Stores run dry of iPhones  —  Often seen as the last reliable sources for iPhones, Apple's online stores in the US and UK have stopped taking orders for any model of the device.  —  Visitors to the phone's section at either regional store are greeted with brief notices …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows Live Messenger blocks (Update) Everything back to normal  —  Not too long ago, users on the forums started complaining about not being able to send YouTube links to their contacts on Windows Live Messenger.  I was skeptic at first, but it didn't take me very long to confirm that is indeed the case.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The iFund Has Competition: $150 Million Blackberry Fund To Be Announced Soon  —  The platform wars are going mobile.  Whether it's the iPhone, Blackberry,Android or Windows Mobile, the mobile platform that will win in the end will be the one with the best and broadest collection of applications.
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