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3:45 AM ET, May 18, 2008


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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 and metarand
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.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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.
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
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Data Portability Evangelists Get Out of Line
Discussion: broadstuff
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Glass Jaw
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Celebrity tipping point on Seesmic
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and the billblog
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 Release Candidate 1 is here  —  On schedule, according to the latest estimate, Mozilla has released the first Firefox 3 release candidate.  For Mozilla it means what says in the label: unless there is some major bug reported for this release, the “release candidate” …
Discussion: TechWeb, Compiler and OStatic blogs
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.
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.
Fred / A VC:
If You Are Looking For Something More Entrepreneurial  —  Adam Lashinsky wrote a post this past week titled “Where Does Google Go Next” in which he outlined the exodus of many well known Google engineers and business execs.  Here is the line that kind of sums it up for me.
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
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