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3:30 AM ET, May 21, 2008

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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.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Party's Over, Bloggers: CBS, NBC, Fox Threaten Free Clip Service Redlasso  —  Redlasso, a TV clip service favored by bloggers everywhere, is being threatened with legal action by three of the major media conglomerates: Fox (NWS), CBS (CBS) and NBC (GE).  The three companies have sent …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bloggers Rejoice! Customized TV Clips With RedLasso (Updated)
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Search Quality  —  Search Quality is the name of the team responsible for the ranking of Google search results.  Our job is clear: A few hundreds of millions of times a day people will ask Google questions, and within a fraction of a second Google needs to decide …
Discussion: Joe Duck, Matt Cutts and ben barren
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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.
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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 …
Michael Hatamoto / BetaNews:
Sprint confirms it's implementing data usage caps  —  A number of Sprint mobile broadband users have shown their disgust over an internal memo that indicated the company has placed a cap on its mobile broadband service.  —  In an e-mail and phone correspondence with BetaNews …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint to hop on the 5GB cap bandwagon
Discussion: CrunchGear and PhoneDog.com
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who's About To Get Fired From Google?  —  We've been getting a number of tips that say Grandcentral.com has been down for some users, and that their domain name is set to expire today.  —  We've done our best to confirm, and we believe that these rumors have some merit:
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Small Really Is Beautiful  —  Five years ago, Michael McDerment built an invoicing system for his web design business.  Today, FreshBooks lets nearly 400,000 users invoice their clients, track time and manage expenses electronically.  Not all are paying — the service is free for users …
Discussion: ben barren
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to lure search users with cash  —  Microsoft isn't talking yet about the big search initiative it's expected to announce Wednesday, but I was able to figure out details with a little digging today.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for the paper. — tb
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Roku Netflix Player is the First Shot of the Revolution  —  In the small, generic plastic box that is the new Netflix Player made by Roku, I think you can see the future of video.  —  I'm not saying that this product itself is going to take the world by storm, even though …
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 …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Refurbished iPhones are an excellent source of previous users' data  —  It looks like you might have to think twice before flipping that old iPhone on eBay when the 3G version finally hits — it appears that restoring the phone doesn't actually erase the contents of the flash …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Video: Robert Scoble on the “Worldwide Talk Show”  —  Today at the Mediabistro Circus event in NYC, popular technology blogger Robert Scoble spoke on the topic of the “Worldwide Talk Show”.  I captured his entire discussion (~15 minutes) and it's worth watching.
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
WikiSubtitles Taken Down By Spanish Anti-Piracy Outfit
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
TVA Power Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, GAO Finds
Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikimedia Foundation muzzles Wikinews
Discussion: Profy.Com and Valleywag
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Hurd: EDS Deal Expands HP's Enterprise Reach
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AT&T Launches Free Wi-Fi for LaptopConnect Customers
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Mino among sharks: New Flip camcorder coming
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple under pressure to fix Safari ‘carpet bomb’ flaw
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Nintendo DS - Xbox 360 Connectivity Considered For 'Viva Pinata …
Reuters:
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Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
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