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6:55 AM ET, May 11, 2008


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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:
Discussion: MacRumors, Unwired View, Engadget and Digg
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:   iPhone “currently unavailable” at Apple Store
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset's Dilemma: Go For It, Or Sell  —  San Francisco based search startup Powerset will be launching shortly.  For now, Powerset will query only Wikipedia and Freebase.  But as I said when the product was demo'd to me a few weeks ago, it is compelling nonetheless: “When I tested the service …
Discussion: WebGuild
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:, Beyond Search and WebGuild
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 …
Mathew /
My verdict on Disqus: Two thumbs up  —  There seems to be a mini-bitchmeme brewing, sparked by VC blogger Fred Wilson's recent post about Disqus, which is the commenting system that I use on this blog and many others use as well.  Why Fred decided to write about Disqus at this point I don't know …
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.
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Viewzi May Finally Have Won Me Over to Visual Search  —  Apparently, Viewzi had its private beta launch when I was in San Francisco for Web 2.0 Expo, because how I missed it, I have no idea.  I've never been a big fan of visual search, but I'm always willing to give it a try …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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 …
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Five Tools Everyone Working Online Should Have (IMHO)  —  The number of people whose work is touched by the internet these days is hard to imagine.  Many of us have been working full-time online for a while, but for the vast majority of people online today that's not the case.
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
The Growing Backlash Against PR Spam, And The Rationale For MicroPR  —  Gina Trapani, of Lifehacker, has created a prspammers wiki where she and others can publicly out PR firms that are spamming bloggers at their personal email addresses, or using other unsavory spammish practices.
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Gizmo Watch:
Handphone: Futuristic concept to jeopardize future of handsets
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The iFund Has Competition: $150 Million Blackberry Fund To Be Announced Soon
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cash-Burning Facebook Borrows $100mm...Because It Couldn't Sell Stock?
David Axe / Wired News:
NSA Attacks West Point! Relax, It's a Cyberwar Game
Discussion: Mashable!
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
The BlackBerry 9000 Has a Name - the BlackBerry BOLD?!
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How AT&T spilled the Starbucks beans
Discussion: TidBITS
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Shareaza Stands Up To Scammers: “We're fighting back!”
Discussion: p2pnet, P2P Blog and Digg
Microsoft Appeals 899 Million Euro Fine to EU Court
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
BlackBerry vs. iPhone