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12:15 PM 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  —  Beats ‘late May’ schedule, unveils first release candidate for major upgrade  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. on Friday rolled out the release candidate for Firefox 3.0, bringing the open-source browser one step closer to its first major overhaul in nearly 19 months.
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 …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Glass Jaw  —  Facebook finally has a real problem to deal with - an exceptionally rational and well-thought-out strategy by Google that puts the leading social media cloud in the path of a wave of angry users.  The only thing Facebook has going for it is that said users don't yet know they're angry.
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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 …
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.16.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Sam Whitmore …
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
11 Top Tips for a Successful Technical Presentation  —  Over five years ago I posted Tips for a Successful MSFT Presentation.  Yesterday I watched the video of my Mix Presentation all the way through.  It's always very painful to hear one's own voice but it's even worse to watch yourself.
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
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 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
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?
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
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.”
Keith Golden / Official Google Maps API Blog:
Love My Maps?  Use its Line and Shape Editing in your API Apps!  —  When we launched the map editing tools in Google Maps, the reaction of developers was “This is cool, but how can I use it on my own site?”  As someone who was originally drawn to Google in part because of the Maps API …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here  —  It's not from Apple, but it gives a pretty good idea of what to expect from them—specially knowing that only one guy—Christian Moore—got this system running at full speed on a simple Intel-based MacBook.  His Lux free open framework enables true …
Discussion: John Nack on Adobe and Digg
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
The new HTC Advantage in the US? Nope.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Engadget and Gizmodo
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
How Amazon Could Change Publishing
Discussion: TeleRead
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
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
A baseball cap that reads your mind
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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iKey Introduces New Line of Rugged Membrane Keyboards
ZDNet:
Asus to embed Linux into all motherboards
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Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive
Discussion: Digg
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Reality Check  —  I have this notion to write a series of columns …
Discussion: MediaVidea
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
Discussion: Valleywag and The Register
MarketWatch:
AU Optronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics get Apple MacBook orders: report
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Snackr is an RSS Addict's Dream Come True
Discussion: Webware.com
 

 
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