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1:30 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.
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.
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
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
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
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
HP to launch fall line of teen PC products  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Hewlett-Packard wants to get hip to teens.  —  At an event here this week focused on teenagers and technology, Ameer Karim, director of HP's future and innovations group for consumer PCs, said that it plans to introduce …
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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.”
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?
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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
John Leyden / The Register:
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
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A baseball cap that reads your mind
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
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iKey Introduces New Line of Rugged Membrane Keyboards
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here
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