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4:50 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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why did Facebook tell Google “stay off our lawn?”
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 …
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
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.
Mark Evans:
I Hate to be Rude But...  I don't want to join Boxbe, Spock or Diigo or, for that matter, any of the social network/knowledge-sharing/e- mail services that people have been nice enough to extend invitations recently.  —  It's good to be asked but there's already enough social stuff on my plate …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Observations on Twitterdom  —  Twitter and tweeting are rapidly becoming part of the lexicon, at least among the digerati who have discovered the jouissance of followers and following.  Twitter hasn't unleashed a unique technology, but an inspired broadcast pivot on existing messaging models.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and SheGeeks
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:
The Noise About FriendFeed Noise  —  I'm actually enjoying the “noise” of FriendFeed.  Anyone else?  —  Corvida, one of my favorite bloggers, has a post up on ReadWriteWeb titled Don't Be So Naive: Friendfeed Adds to the Noise.  In the post, she argues that FriendFeed is contributing …
Discussion: Scobleizer and
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Be So Naive: Friendfeed Adds to the Noise
Discussion: Scobleizer and notes, thoughts …
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!  —  Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:
Ryan Spoon:
Google Analytics - 20 Ways to Fix Analytics.  Please Hurry?  —  I've written a lot about web analytics and the importance of understanding and measuring your traffic.  The resounding feedback I've gotten - and I wholeheartedly concur - is that Google Analytics remains the top used service but is far from satisfactory.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In India, Location Based Search Kicks Off  —  Earlier this month, India surpassed US as the second largest mobile market (by subscriber count) in the world.  With close to 280 million subscribers, it now has enough of a user base to become a breeding ground for a new class of applications …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: The Stalwart and ReadWriteWeb
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?
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