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12:55 AM ET, May 12, 2008


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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook's CTO D'Angelo to Leave  —  Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo will leave the company.  —  BoomTown called Facebook PR last week about the rumor of D'Angelo's departure, but did not get a response.  The company confirmed the departure by D'Angelo (pictured here) tonight.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo to leave the company  —  Quiet Facebook co-founder and chief technology officer Adam D'Angelo is leaving the company, one source tells me.  D'Angelo announced the news internally this past Friday, the source says — and Facebook has just confirmed.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Rising Cost of Facebook Infrastructure; CTO Resigns  —  Last month, I wrote about Facebook's insatiable hunger for hardware.  Over the weekend, Spencer Ante of Business Week reported that Palo Alto-based social networking company had raised about $100 million from Triplepoint Capital, a venture lending operation.
Discussion: CNET
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Launches Showcase For User Search Experience  —  Today marks another milestone for San Francisco based contextual search engine Powerset.  They've launched a showcase for their user search experience - effectively the search engine minus the web crawl.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Reports of the 3G iPhone's imminent release may be slightly exaggerated  —  The hype and speculation around the 3G iPhone are mounting quickly.  Yesterday, it was uncovered that an “Enable 3G” button was part of the latest beta firmware update for the device.
Discussion: MacRumors, The Apple Blog and Mashable!
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: and Howard Lindzon
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
The BlackBerry Bold (ex-9000) Finally Arrives  —  More than one pundit has already called the BlackBerry Bold (known during development as the BlackBerry 9000) an “iPhone killer.”  But that's not the mission of the new super-BlackBerry announced today by Research In Motion.
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
iPhone uber alles  —  Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune provides content for a slow weekend, as we ponder Apple's strategy for world iPhone domination.  What's amusing is the visual representation is a classic strategy to winning the board game, secure the Western Hemisphere first—only three points of attack!
Discussion: ParisLemon
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Craig (of the List) Looks Beyond the Web  —  Imagine what it might have been like to be Dr. Kleenex.  You invent a modern miracle, the cheap paper handkerchief, and suddenly you become the person blamed for America's disposable culture, praised for a more convenient life, or both.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Friendfeed's Business Model Will Look Like Google's  —  I love Friendfeed.  However, I am far more enthusiastic about the platform's robust RSS and search capabilities than its current value proposition as a universal social aggregator.  I find it generates too much noise at times …
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Teaching Kids Programming  —  For the last two years I've taught a computer club at the local primary school.  I'd get six or eight kids aged 8-10 for two hours at a time, once a week for three or four weeks.  They varied in previous experience from “have computer at home and play games on it all the time” …
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 …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The Blood Brain Barrier
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
IE8 to boost ActiveX security on Vista  —  ActiveX has long been regarded as a thorn in the side of Windows users everywhere; a gaping hole through which spyware and viruses can contaminate your PC and compromise your data.  Although much of the criticism leveled at ActiveX is excessively harsh …
Discussion: Cheap Hack
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Advises Kids to Use LimeWire and Kazaa
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