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5:00 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Powerset Launches into the Search Space!
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:   iPhone uber alles
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS |
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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer
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: and Social Media
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
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Real Estate Lists Grow Comfortable With the Web  —  AS if home buyers do not have it good enough already, finding a house for sale on the Web is becoming easier.  —  The triple threat of a weak market, legal pressure and increasing competition has compelled real estate professionals to offer …
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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Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Teaching Kids Programming
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
IE8 to boost ActiveX security on Vista
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Friendfeed's Business Model Will Look Like Google's
Dharmesh / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
URL Blocking: Problem now fixed
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Reports of the 3G iPhone's imminent release may be slightly exaggerated
Web Service Notifications Outnumber Live Bodies In My E-Mail
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Musil / CNET
Stolen Mac helps nab burglary suspects
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Advises Kids to Use LimeWire and Kazaa
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
And Now a Blackberry Fund
Ryan Spoon:
The Front Page Effect - Why I'd Rather Be on Techmeme than Digg, Mixx, etc
San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo working to stand alone after Microsoft deal's demise
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why Dell will not bounce back  —  I love Charles Cooper of CNET …
Discussion: and Howard Lindzon