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1:30 PM ET, May 18, 2008

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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Bill's Gold Watch  —  Bill Gates is sure taking his sweet time retiring.  While he is busy hyping yet another Microsoft research project to the CEO Summit, Google has vaulted several huge steps ahead in the cloud infrastructure battle with Friend Connect.  Mike Arrington's audience …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Dear Web Applications: Where Are My Files?  —  What's wrong with the “friends connection” programs announced by Facebook, MySpace, and Google?  Many people have been trying to explain the principle of data portability as if it were a new concept, but it's actually not.  It's been on our PCs for years.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Friends Data Has Already Left the Barn  —  How much are your friends worth?  That is the question behind the big debate going on around social networks and data portability.  In the last ten days, Facebook, Google, and MySpace have all announced ways to let people access their data …
Discussion: Toni's Garage, Feedonomics and metarand
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
The people united will never be defeated  —  As some people are astutely pointing out, humans have been moving their data around for years.  —  And whether Facebook likes it or not, its gonna happen.  —  And now we're hearing about other products and other ways to get at your data.
Discussion: blog.pmarca.com
Google Code Blog:
How Google Friend Connect Works  —  We figured you might be tracking the conversations about Google Friend Connect and Facebook.  We want to help you understand a bit more about how it works on the Friend Connect side with respect to users' information.  —  People find the relationships they've built …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why did Facebook tell Google “stay off our lawn?”
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Glass Jaw
Discussion: Stay N' Alive and Inside Facebook
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV Is Way Better Than Cable or Satellite  —  Microsoft's Mediaroom is the company's IPTV solution that brings TV into to your house (much like cable and satellite) over IP.  You might be familiar with it in its commercially released service forms such as AT&T U-Verse here in the US or BT Vision in the UK.
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Be So Naive: Friendfeed Adds to the Noise  —  There's an interesting, but tiresome discussion going around about whether FriendFeed contributes to the conversation or the noise.  While we've already reviewed how FriendFeed can contribute to other problems such as information overload …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Goes Straight, Bans Porn  —  Scribd, the “YouTube for documents”, has announced that it will be removing all pornographic material from the site beginning May 21.  —  Here's the announcement from the site's blog: … So how will this affect the YCombinator startup?
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
How SF and other cities could have created citywide Wi-Fi access: the easy way  —  Now that all of these networks - EarthLink's and MetroFi's - are being sold or shut down, I asked myself last week in San Francisco, over cappuccino at Peet's Coffee in the Ferry Building, what SF, Philadelphia and other cities could have done.
Discussion: DSLreports and Working Anywhere
Ike Elliott / Telecosm:
Vonage Can't Afford Not To Ramp Marketing Spending  —  This week, we've been investigating Vonage's churn rate and the impact that churn has on a recurring revenue business.  Vonage's 3.3% churn rate in the first quarter of 2008 implies that each customer they add will only be with Vonage for about 2.5 years before moving on.
Discussion: Mr Blog and VoIP Watch
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Cell phone, VoIP technologies lack security, experts say  —  PASADENA, Calif. — Be careful what you say over that mobile phone or VoIP system.  —  The most widely used mobile phone standard, GSM, is so insecure that it is easy to track peoples' whereabouts and with some effort even listen in on calls …
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
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Associated Press:
Yahoo's board vs. Icahn's slate
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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 …
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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
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