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2:50 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.
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3 RC 1 full review  —  A year and a half after the last major Firefox release, Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 is here with a very long list of new features and improvements.  —  For those who have been following Firefox 3 development you may want to jump to What's new in Release Candidate 1.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
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.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate) Release Notes  —  This Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers and our testing community …
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.
Discussion: Mozilla Links, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington is Right, Facebook is Wrong
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Battle Over Data Ownership on Gillmor Gang
Discussion: Feedonomics and Coop's Corner
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: STARTUP CHATTER and Feedonomics
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.
Nokia N95 US version (also known as N95-3)  —  Nokia is aware of consumers' demand for a new software release, and our development teams are working to produce the new software as soon as possible.  We estimate that the new software should be available early June.
The Guru /   Nokia Talks, N95-3 Firmware Update Coming In June
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MrBabyMan: Digg Users Revolt, Against the One Pure Man at the Top  —  Andrew Sorcini lives in Los Angeles, works as an animator for Dinsney and is the most powerful user that social news site has ever seen.  Known at Digg and elsewhere as MrBabyMan, Sorcini has submitted …
Discussion: Digg
Lisa Zyga /
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.
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
HP to launch fall line of teen PC products
Discussion: Engadget
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
The new HTC Advantage in the US? Nope.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Engadget and Gizmodo
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
How Amazon Could Change Publishing
Keith Golden / Official Google Maps API Blog:
Love My Maps? Use its Line and Shape Editing in your API Apps!
John Leyden / The Register:
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
High-Tech Japanese, Running Out of Engineers
 Earlier Items: 
Asus to embed Linux into all motherboards
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive
Discussion: Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Best Buy (BBY) Buying Netflix (NFLX) For $44?
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Reality Check  —  I have this notion to write a series of columns …
Discussion: MediaVidea
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo seeks to conceal parts of shareholder suit
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET
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