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3:45 PM ET, May 18, 2008


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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 …
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?”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
If Icahn Can't Get Microsoft Back To Table Before Shareholder Meeting, He'll Lose Proxy Fight  —  The next move in the Yahoo-Microsoft-Icahn saga is Carl Icahn's: He has to get Microsoft back to the negotiating table in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, he'll do everything he can to suggest …
Discussion: New York Post
Associated Press:
Yahoo's board vs. Icahn's slate
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Social Media Growing Pains  —  This past week eMarketer slashed advertising revenue forecasts for social networking sites.  Facebook's projections for this year tumbled in steadfast.  —  While some might “credit” that to the softening economy, the fact remains, online advertising is growing …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MrBabyMan: Digg Users Revolt, Against the One Pure Man at the Top
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Stalwart and Digg
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 …
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 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?
Steven Musil / CNET
Survey: One-fifth of Americans have never used e-mail  —  The digital divide is apparently alive and well.  —  About 20 percent of all U.S. heads-of-household have never sent an e-mail, and about 20 million households, or 18 percent, are without Internet access, according to a study released earlier this week.
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
China allows bloggers, others to spread quake news  —  BEIJING (AP) — Almost nonstop, the uncensored opinions of Chinese citizens are popping up online, sent by text and instant message across a country shaken by its worst earthquake in three decades.  —  “Why were most of those killed …
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
Discussion: DSLreports
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
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 is here
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