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5:55 AM ET, May 12, 2008

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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.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Powerset Launches “Understanding Engine” For Wikipedia Content  —  After nearly two years in the making — and plenty of hype — Powerset has finally rolled out a “natural language” search engine.  It's not a Google killer.  It's barely a business model right now.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Powerset brings the Semantic Web to Wikipedia
Discussion: VentureBeat
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Powerset Launches into the Search Space!
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.
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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
Discussion: edu.blogs.com and CNET News.com
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Another Classic Rip-Off Job By Ars Technica  —  Ars Technica is really good at stealing other's ideas.  Plain and simple.  —  Anyone else, and I may have given them a pass that they came up with what seems to be the exact same approach to a story that I took last week.  Not Ars Technica.
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange …
Discussion: Normalkid
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:   iPhone uber alles
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.
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold officially announced!  —  Story developing...  That didn't take too long, did it?  We finally have it people — it's alive and confirmed.  The BlackBerry Bold is indeed the official name for the BlackBerry 9000 device and it should be available starting “this summer.”
Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and CrunchGear
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Twitter and the China earthquake  —  I was beginning to think Twitter - the micro-blogging service that's all the rage amongst the technorati - was just another fad for people who want to share too much of their rather dull lives.  Until this morning.  —  When I logged on to my desktop …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter is first on the scene for a major earthquake — but who cares about that, is it mainstream yet?  —  Tonight, a lot of us who are regular users of the micro-messaging service Twitter witnessed something pretty amazing.  A 7.8 magnitude struck China and the news unfolded before our eyes on Twitter.
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Thoughts on DataPortability  —  Introduction  —  Over the last several days I've started and abandoned four drafts of this post.  Usually it doesn't take me this long to write out my thoughts, or to go through so many different approaches, but I wanted to express myself as clearly …
Discussion: Paying Attention
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.
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Social Media
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Bebo set to end KateModern online drama next month  —  KateModern, the flagship online drama broadcast by social networking site Bebo, will wrap up for the last time at the end of June, it was announced today.  —  The last part of series two will air on June 28, with Bebo promising a “high octane” ending with multiple episodes.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
The Blood Brain Barrier  —  Most of my time these days is spent crossing the blood-brain barrier between Twitter and the rest of the cloud.  Twitter stands on one side, a coursing stream of social data emanating from an ad-hoc framework of asynchronous follows and vanity track filtering.
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Reuters:
SingTel, associates to bring iPhone to Asia this year
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Real Estate Lists Grow Comfortable With the Web
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
IE8 to boost ActiveX security on Vista
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Friendfeed's Business Model Will Look Like Google's
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Stolen Mac helps nab burglary suspects
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Advises Kids to Use LimeWire and Kazaa
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Yahoo working to stand alone after Microsoft deal's demise
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Why Dell will not bounce back  —  I love Charles Cooper of CNET …
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