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1:55 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.
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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  —  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 News.com
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.
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Powerset Launches into the Search Space!  —  Powerset just launched its publicly available beta product minutes ago.  —  Can't wait to see it?  Watch the Demo Video now!  —  This is the long-awaited debut of the search engine that reinvents how users search and discover information from Wikipedia™.
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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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.
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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
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 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 …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
IE8 to boost ActiveX security on Vista
Dharmesh / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
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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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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Why Dell will not bounce back … A Forbes.com Site  —  SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
News Corporation Withdraws Its Bid for Newsday
 

 
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