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8:10 PM ET, May 20, 2008


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Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Launch Date Confirmed  —  We all suspected it, but now it is confirmed: someone very, very close to the 3G iPhone launch has told me that Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th.  The second-generation iPhone will be available worldwide right after the launch …
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
First Look: OLPC XO-2  —  I am here this morning in Cambridge, Mass., at OLPC's Global Country Workshop.  Opening the conference this morning was OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte, who announced the second generation of the OLPC XO laptop, which will be called the XO-2.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
OLPC XO Laptop 2.0 Has Dual Touchscreens, Looks Amazing and Future-y  —  At OLPC's Global Country workshop today, founder Nick Negroponte unveiled the next-gen XO Laptop, and it totally blows the original away.  About half XO 1.0's size and more like a foldable book, it does away with the keyboard …
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Negroponte Unveils 2nd Generation OLPC Laptop: It's an E-Book
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Techmeme News:
Techmeme listens: 32 months in the making, search arrives!  —  Hours after Techmeme launched in 2005, search uberblogger Danny Sullivan remarked “there's no keyword search facility that I can see.  I want that, and soon!”  Nobody wants to let Danny down, so I got right to work and 32 months later, a search box now sits atop the site.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechMeme Finally Adds Search  —  Tech news site TechMeme launched on September 12, 2005.  It was an immediate hit and remains the most important blog news aggregator: Dan Farber wrote perhaps the best description of the site to date, back in 2007: “TechMeme provides a one-page, aggregated …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac sales up 50 percent in April  —  The blistering success of Apple's personal computer business continues to turn heads, with Mac unit sales growing 50 percent year-over-year for the month of April compared to just 17 percent growth by the broader market.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong  —  Their words, not mine.  —  I've mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it's news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point).  But, seriously, they need to get their act together.
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Can Alex Bogusky help Microsoft Beat Apple?  —  “Life conspires to beat the rebel out of you,” says Bogusky, with partners, from left, Jeff Steinhour, Chuck Porter, and Jeff Hicks |  Alex Bogusky built the country's slickest ad shop using Apple products.  His next challenge: Persuade people like him to buy Microsoft's stuff.
Discussion: What Would Dad Say
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's $300 million makeover
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Videos Taken Down From YouTube  —  YouTomb is an interesting project by MIT Free Culture that collects YouTube videos taken down because of copyright infringements.  “More specifically, YouTomb continually monitors the most popular videos on YouTube for copyright-related takedowns.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
MIT's YouTomb catalogs videos yanked from YouTube
Discussion: Valleywag and Gizmodo
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Bubble Alert: Facebook Traffic Declines 10% in April  —  The latest stats from Nielsen Online show a significant decline in month-over-month unique visitors to Facebook in the US.  In April, traffic fell to 22.4M uniques, down from the 24.9M reported in March.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
H.P. Offers More Detail on Increase in Revenue  —  Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest technology company, reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, and the drama was in the details.  —  That is because Hewlett-Packard had already taken the unusual step of announcing its returns last week …
Discussion: eWeek
Paul Thomasch / Reuters:
NBC, CBS, Fox say Redlasso breaking copyright laws  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBC, CBS, and Fox charged on Tuesday that Redlasso, a closely-held website operator, has violated copyright laws by streaming video clips of their news, sports and television shows without permission.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nielsen: MySpace, Club Penguin growth static, LinkedIn soaring  —  The April 2008 iteration of those numbers that Nielsen releases each month about social-networking site activity indicate that growth on News Corp.'s MySpace continues to slow, and that kiddie virtual world Club Penguin …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Hulu Shares Usage Stats, Expands Distribution Network  —  Hulu, the online joint video venture between NBC and News Corp that officially launched two months ago, is sharing some stats on its viewership.  —  According to the Nielsen Net Ratings, Hulu led all network sites in total video streams and overall engagement time in April.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netflix Roku: Free Is Such A Beautiful Word  —  Netflix made a big splash today with their announcement of a $100 set top box, built by a California startup called Roku, that streams free movies (for Netflix subscribers) to the living room.  —  Good for them.
Brandon Badger / Google LatLong:
Extra!  Extra!  Discover the world's news in Google Earth  —  The launch of Google News on Google Earth is a milestone in the evolution of the geobrowser.  By spatially locating the Google News' constantly updating index of stories from more than 4,500 news sources, Google Earth now shows …
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Discussion: PC World and Gizmodo
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Mino among sharks: New Flip camcorder coming
Discussion: Gizmodo
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Permanent Denial-of-Service Attack Sabotages Hardware
Discussion: Engadget and Boing Boing
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple under pressure to fix Safari ‘carpet bomb’ flaw
Russia's Yandex plans up to $2 bln NY IPO - source
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
IE7Pro 2.3 adds prefetching, session management to Internet Explorer
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The Internet FAQ from 2085
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Report: The Mobile Web is the New Hangout
David Carnoy / CNET
Is ESPN's new Wi-Fi universal remote the ultimate?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Investing legends circle Yahoo; Does a breakup make sense?
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Launching Free WiFi for Laptop Connect; All Smartphones Later in 2008
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: The Chicken or the Egg (or the Golden Ticket)
Peter Sanders / Wall Street Journal:
Fans Resist End of Virtual Disneyland
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Make Facebook Useful Again
Discussion: AppScout and Marc's Voice
T-Mobile to keep iPhone exclusivity in Germany