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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Letter to Yahoo!  —  BoomTown's most favorite part of the Yahoo takeover circus?  —  The dueling letters, of course!  How the lovely practice of missives has fallen out of favor, as soulless emails have grown in use.  —  Well, not in the land of hostile takeovers!
Charlie Cheever / Facebook Developers:
Thoughts on Privacy  —  As developers, you're probably curious about the recent initiatives we and other companies in the industry have taken to help you build applications that let users take their information around the web.  We wanted to give you a little more information on how we're thinking …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect  —  Update: More details here.  —  Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn't involve openness or portability of data, it seems.  —  Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook cuts off Google's Friend Connect
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children  —  After a years-long dispute, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child said Thursday that they had reached an agreement to offer Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining …
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Ryan Spoon:
Disqus - After 5 Days on Disqus, I'm Turning Back to Wordpress Comments  —  I'm an avid reader of Fred Wilson's blog and was tempted to test-drive Disqus when Fred first integrated it onto his site.  I finally decided to install it on my blog (which is powered by Wordpress) after Fred wrote his post “Three Reasons to Use Disqus”.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Lied to FCC, Blocks BitTorrent Traffic 24/7  —  BitTorrent throttling is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting more attention lately, because the number of people who use BitTorrent keeps growing.  Up until today however, there has been no reliable data that revealed the scope of it.
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Jeff Chin / Official Google Blog:
Google Translate adds 10 new languages...  ...and that's great news any way you say it.  Language is one of the biggest challenges we have in making information universally accessible.  As part of the machine translation team within Google Research, I'm happy to report we've been hard at work to overcome this challenge.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
‘GTA’ what?  Nintendo still rules console market  —  As the video-game industry prepares to see the impact of “Grand Theft Auto IV” on Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3, Nintendo's “GTA"-less Wii console keeps chugging along.  The company just announced that NPD Group data …
Discussion: CrunchGear, TG Daily and VentureBeat
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Nintendo tops April video game console sales
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are social networks dragging down CPMs?  —  My pal Mark Dempster over at Sequoia sent me a study on CPM's dropping.  —  The key finding here, in my mind, is what I've said all along: social networks are great for traffic but horrible for advertising.  Social networking sites are probably …
Discussion: Simon's Blog
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Promise and Peril of Ubiquitous Community
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Twitter Traffic Explosion: Who's behind it all?  —  Twitter has made headlines for some amazingly powerful stuff lately; breaking the news of recent China's earthquake; partnering with MySpace for it's “data availability” project; even helping a student get out of jail!
Discussion: VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Kindle a $750 Million iPod-Like Business By 2010 (AMZN)  —  The Kindle could contribute 3% of Amazon's overall revenue in two years, argues Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, who has a born-again relationship with the device.  Combining device and book sales in an iPod/iTunes-like model …
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Plans to Answer iPhone With Touchscreen BlackBerry  —  Research In Motion Ltd. plans to introduce a touch-screen version of its BlackBerry device in the third quarter, answering the challenge posed by the runaway popularity of the iPhone made by Apple Inc.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft cuts backup from Windows Home Server PowerPack  —  Microsoft won't be delivering database backup as one of the new features promised for the first “PowerPack” update for Windows Home Server when it ships later this year.  —  The independent “We Got Served” Home Server blog acknowledged the feature cut in a May 9 entry.
Discussion: crn.com and One Microsoft Way
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Monkey is Out and the Challenge is On  —  It's been three weeks since we began the limited preview of Yahoo! Search's new open developer platform, SearchMonkey.  Today, we're officially opening up the doors to all developers — professionals and hobbyists — to begin building applications …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Exclusive Look at Plazes for iPhone  —  Today Plazes CEO Felix Petersen gave us a peek at iPlazer, the upcoming iPhone client for the geo-tagging social networking site.  The app will be available when Apple's official App Store launches in mid June.  Plazes has been around for a while …
 
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