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11:15 AM ET, May 12, 2008


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Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone  —  Top of the line BlackBerry smartphone features premium design and unprecedented performance; perfect for business professionals and power users.  —  Waterloo, ON - For customers seeking a smartphone that makes a bold statement, Research In Motion …
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.”
Sean Carlson / Google:
Previewing Google Friend Connect: Website owners can make any site social  —  Easily insert social features to make “any app, any site, any friends” a reality  —  Tonight at Campfire One at the Googleplex ( ), Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) will announce …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Google brings Friend Connect to the masses  —  As expected, Google has unveiled a preview of Friend Connect, a way to add social features to a Web site without programming.  —  David Glazer, director of engineering at Google, described Friend Connect as plumbing for the rest of the Web.
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.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Powerset finally launches, kind of
Discussion: loose wire blog
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Will Powerset search engine speak your language?
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange (and even a little Twitter) arose this afternoon about one of my earlier posts and the way I gave attribution.  I wont name the post, or name names (or print the correspondence), but I thought I'd take the opportunity to share how I give attribution.
Discussion: Profy.Com, Normalkid and broadstuff
Se Young Lee / Wall Street Journal:
SingTel, Bharti, Globe and Optus Reach Deal to Offer Apple's iPhone  —  SINGAPORE — Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Bharti Airtel Ltd., Globe Telecom Inc. and SingTel subsidiary Optus Monday said in a joint statement that they have signed an agreement with Apple Inc. to offer the iPhone in their respective markets later this year.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and iLounge
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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter is first on the scene for a major earthquake …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
What Google Knows About Spam  —  If you didn't attend Web 2.0, you can watch my ten-minute keynote about “What Google Knows About Spam” (and several other keynotes) on  I'll embed the keynote below as well.  —  The only thing I don't like about conference speaking is preparing slides.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digging Deeper On The Top Tech Blogs And Bloggers  —  This is a follow up to our post last month that listed some of the top tech bloggers according to TechMeme.  The goal was to be able to take a look at the individual bloggers who were writing headlines, not just the blogs they wrote for.
PR Newswire:
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Announces First Quarter 2008 Results  —  Record Automotive Additions Fuel Year-Over-Year Gains in Revenue and Subscribers; First Quarter Ending Subscribers Exceed 9.3 Million  —  XM-Sirius Merger Passes Department of Justice Antitrust Scrutiny
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In the Age of TiVo and Web Video, What Is Prime Time?  —  This week, the television upfronts — in which the broadcast networks present their schedules to advertisers — will open with a mystery.  Who stole six million viewers?  —  That's the number who were watching prime time television last May …
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Earnings: Charter Slims Q1 Net Loss, As Revs Grow 10.5 Percent
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bringing Google into the kitchen
Discussion: Mashable!
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Announces Explore, Share and Home Models
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
P&G Cutting Ad Budget 10%, Shifting Dollars To Web
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Hands-on with Pixelmator 1.2's new Curves, Rulers, and more
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Is A Malware Site (Says Yahoo)
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Challenge Of Non-Local Newspaper Advertising
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Bebo set to end KateModern online drama next month
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Thoughts on DataPortability
Discussion: Paying Attention
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Craig (of the List) Looks Beyond the Web