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10:55 AM ET, May 17, 2008

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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download  —  Please note: The Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
FIREFOX 3 RELEASE CANDIDATE 1 RELEASED Mozilla pushed out the first release candidate of Firefox 3 early this evening, so if you're already field testing Firefox 3, now's the time to go to Help -> Check for Updates to download the latest and greatest build.  If you're wondering what to expect, check out the RC1 release notes.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla launches Firefox 3.0 RC1 early
en-us.www.mozilla.com:   Firefox 3 (Release Candidate) Release Notes
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington is Right, Facebook is Wrong  —  Mike Arrington and I had a sometimes violent disagreement on today's Gillmor Gang.  —  The reason we were arguing?  Because we both were arguing different things.  —  Mike Arrington was arguing that Facebook was in the wrong …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Battle Over Data Ownership on Gillmor Gang  —  Epic Gillmor Gang today.  Everyone went in with guns blazing over the data portability/ownership debate that has spilled out over the Facebook/Google scuffle.  DataPortability founder Chris Saad was also on the call, but failed to take a leadership position …
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.16.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Sam Whitmore …
Discussion: Paying Attention and Techdirt
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I do not compromise  —  Michael Arrington just accused me of compromising.
Discussion: Changing Way
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Spielberg pops up on Seesmic  —  Seesmic, the video discussion site, has gone wild this morning as Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, George Lucas and more big names from Indiana Jones 4 join a Q&A session on the site.  —  It's a simple enough idea but incredibly exciting …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica  —  Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica (ranked #5 all time on the BloggerBoard), we've confirmed.  The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondéNet, run by Sarah Chubb).
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Conde Nast buys Ars Technica
Discussion: TG Daily
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
A business model for Twitter: Pay up  —  The Web spirit of “build an audience and figure out the business model later” is a great filter.  It allows products and services into the wild without barriers or the need to sell advertisers on an unproven concept.
Discussion: Feedonomics
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Best Buy (BBY) Buying Netflix (NFLX) For $44?  —  A reader says there was chatter to that effect this afternoon, as Netflix (NFLX) pushed 6% higher on high volume.  —  Would this make sense?  Only if Best Buy (BBY) has been persuaded that the Blockbuster (BBI) - Circuit City (CCI) deal makes sense, which we certainly haven't.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Josh / Redeye VC:
The “Atomization of Conversation”  —  Last week I was speaking with Lawrence Hooper of Loladex and he used a phrase that's been sticking in my head.  When I asked him whether people would be willing to solicit their friends to make a local recommendations via his Facebook application …
Discussion: Feedonomics
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo seeks to conceal parts of shareholder suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is seeking to conceal large portions of a shareholder lawsuit alleging the Internet company's board improperly thwarted Micrsoft Corp.'s $47.5 billion takeover offer, raising shareholder questions over the motives for the secrecy.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
High-Tech Japanese, Running Out of Engineers  —  TOKYO — Japan is running out of engineers.  —  After years of fretting over coming shortages, the country is actually facing a dwindling number of young people entering engineering and technology-related fields.  —  Universities call it “rikei banare,” or “flight from science.”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Snackr is an RSS Addict's Dream Come True  —  Snackr is a new Adobe AIR app that lets you display items in your RSS feeds in a beautiful scrolling ticker on any edge of your screen.  I am absolutely giddy about it after only a few minutes of use.  Snackr is something you'd supplement your existing reader with, not a replacement.
Discussion: Webware.com
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
A baseball cap that reads your mind  —  The brain-computer interface consists of a baseball with six electrodes (one under the left ear) that detect the wearer's EEG signals.  In the current prototype, the system can detect brain activity that corresponds with a person's drowsiness level.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Reality Check  —  I have this notion to write a series of columns from time to time under the title “Reality Check” — columns intended to explain how the world of Information Technology actually functions.  Because like any other entrenched, complex, and often closeted industry …
Discussion: MediaVidea
 
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Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
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Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
How Amazon Could Change Publishing
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Macworld UK:
Apple takes two D&AD Awards
Keith Golden / Official Google Maps API Blog:
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The Guru / Symbian-Guru.com:
Nokia Talks, N95-3 Firmware Update Coming In June
John Leyden / The Register:
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
File Sharing Comes to the iPhone
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ZDNet:
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Become a Virtual NewsCopter Passenger on AirFox Live
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Redmond Magazine Successfully SQL Injected by Chinese Hacktivists
Discussion: hackademix.net
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple keeping P.A. Semi chips around for military
Steven J. Murdoch / Light Blue Touchpaper:
Hardened stateless session cookies
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here (But Not from Apple)
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