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9:10 AM ET, May 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy  —  My ex-boss, John Furrier, goes after Facebook after Facebook blocked Google's Friend Connect from using its API to inport friends from Facebook into Google's Friend Connect.  —  I saw Dave Morin, who runs Facebook's developer platform, at Google's event Monday night.
Charlie Cheever / Facebook Developers:
Thoughts on Privacy  —  As developers, you're probably curious …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
He Said, She Said In Google v. Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect
Discussion: Voidstar: blog and The Real McCrea
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
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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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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Windows XP on OLPC XO Laptop Now Official
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Electronista
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US?  Be sure to hide all your data first  —  Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.  They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.
Discussion: TechRadar.com and Slashdot
Shadowmite.com Blog:
Treo 800 Prototype picture  —  Someone stopped into our chat room today with this to show us:  —  Its a CDMA WM Treo 800, but according to our source in the Ukraine it is also known as the Palm Zeppelin.  More details will follow, as we are unsure of the pixel count on the screen as well as several other important details.
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Chris Davies / PHONE Magazine:
Palm Treo 800w CDMA live pic shows up
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
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”.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flash P2P: Now That's Disruptive  —  Don't blame me for getting caught up in the whole hoopla around media-buying-media...we media types are known for being narcissists.  Blame me for not being able to blog about the new beta of Adobe Flash Player 10, which has built-in P2P features and is able to save files to the local drives.
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Whose Fault Is Traffic Shaping, App Blocking?  —  There is a big brouhaha today over Cox Communications blocking BitTorrent traffic, leading to outrage over what amounts to interference with the open Internet.  The brouhaha is the result of a research study by Max Planck Institute …
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Smashing Magazine:
More (Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers  —  Desktop wallpapers are always nice to look at and to draw inspiration from.  They may provide with some fresh perspective and offer you some eye-candy for tedious coffee breaks.  We are regularly hunting for free high-quality icons …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Danish Mobile Social Network ZYB Acquired By Vodafone For €31.5 million  —  ZYB, a mobile social network that we gave high marks to in August 2007, has been acquired by Vodafone for €31.5 million, or about $50 million.  The company had raised just €3 million in venture capital.
Discussion: SMS Text News
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.
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
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Laser Logo  —  This is one of the weirder and more interesting logos to show on the Google homepage: in disco neon colors, Google today celebrates the anniversary of the first laser.  Wikipedia explains (footnotes removes, my emphasis):  —  A laser is an electronic-optical device that emits coherent light radiation.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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New York Post:
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE. DOES. NOT MARKET. EXCEPT WHEN IT DOES.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Social Media Evil: Lori Drew and the Dark Side of MySpace
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
From Atari Joyboard to Wii Fit: 25 years of “exergaming”
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Analysis: appeals court unlikely to fix software patent mess
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
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