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9:45 PM ET, May 17, 2008


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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect and MySpace Data Availability  —  Disclaimer: This post does not reflect the opinions, thoughts, strategies or future intentions of my employer.  These are solely my personal opinions.  If you are seeking official position statements from Microsoft, please go here.
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
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Data Portability Evangelists Get Out of Line  —  Over the past 24 to 48 hours I have been watching the discussion manifest over the ongoing battle between Facebook, Google and MySpace over each of their new data portability initiatives.  Much of the discussion climaxed on the Gilmor Gang podcast …
Discussion: broadstuff and Marc's Voice
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why did Facebook tell Google “stay off our lawn?”  —  Well, we've fought about it.  Made noise about it.  And you're witnessing two giants (Google and Facebook) fighting over our social networks.  Here, let's discover my social network:  —  Robert Scoble (Friend of:)  —Mike Arrington
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:
Don't Screw Your Partners Over A Marketing Promotion  —  Celebrities are starting to take notice of Seesmic, a “Twitter for video” service that lets people have asynchronous video conversations on the fly (see my disclosure, I am an investor).  —  First was Deepak Chopra, who made a whole series of videos for this site.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Steven Spielberg, Harisson Ford, George Lucas in Seesmic this morning  —  Pic by sizemore showing the impressive setup in Cannes with Seesmic on the computer, ready to receive the movie stars!  —  Guardian Journalist Jemima Kiss was one of the Seesmic community members who asked questions …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Fred / A VC:
As Long As We Are Rethinking Yahoo's Board  —  Carl Icahn has suggested a new slate of directors for Yahoo! as part of his proxy fight with the company.  The International Herald Tribune has a list of the current ten directors and Icahn's proposed slate.  The morning Icahn's slate was announced …
Discussion: Fortune and innonate
Associated Press:
Yahoo's board vs. Icahn's slate
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
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download
Randall Stross / New York Times:
The Computer Industry Comes With Built-In Term Limits  —  MATHEMATICIANS have long tried, and failed, to solve the Riemann Hypothesis, a stubbornly unyielding math problem.  Good luck to whoever tries to figure it out.  For the first correct proof, a $1 million prize will be awarded by the Clay Mathematics Institute.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Offline Web Apps, Dumb Idea or Really Dumb Idea?  —  Lots of “Web 2.0” pundits like to argue that it is just a matter of time before Web applications make desktop applications obsolete and irrelevant.  To many of these pundits the final frontier is the ability to take Web applications offline.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Facebook exec: We're the Net's cable company  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—As you might expect from a vice president of product marketing, Facebook's Chamath Palihapitiya can deliver a convincing sales pitch.  —  His sell: Facebook is the next-generation platform of the Internet that can turn …
Discussion: Mashable! and VentureBeat
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
A Case Study on How Popularity Works on Flickr  —  Came across an interesting study on Flickr from my flickr friend verner_oscar™.  The study is by Christophe Prieur, Dominique Cardon, Jean-Samuel Beuscart, Nicolas Pissard and Pascal Pons, and was done for Universite Paris-Diderot and Orange Labs.
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