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6:30 AM ET, May 23, 2008

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Twitter Technology Blog:
Twittering About Architecture  —  Here at Twitter HQ, we're not blind to the flurry of discussion over the past weeks about our architecture.  For many of our technically-minded users, Twitter downtime is an opportunity to muse about what the source of our problems might be, and to propose creative solutions.
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Twitter's Availability Problems  —  As a regular user of Twitter I've felt the waves of frustration wash over me these past couple of weeks as the service has been hit by one outage after another.  This led me to start pondering the problem space [especially as it relates …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Twitter At Scale: Will It Work?
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Our Terms  —  There's some discussion in our forum right now about content disputes and the specifics of our Terms of Service.  It seems there is room in our Terms for folks to debate the difference between an update and an insult.  There is some confusion surrounding our official policy with regard to taking action.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and DygiScape
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Ariel Waldman:
Twitter refuses to uphold Terms of Service  —  Update 3: Please see my follow-up post about Twitter's response.  —  I started using Twitter in March 2007, just before their SXSW explosion.  Not surprisingly, I instantly became addicted and since then have used the service for everything from personal to professional.
Kevin Fox / FriendFeed Blog:
Get a room!  —  It started when we wanted a better way to share feature ideas and product plans with each other here at FriendFeed, but not the rest of the world — a mini FriendFeed of our own.  We could have set this up on its own machine in the office, but we knew that we weren't alone …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
FriendFeed Adds Rooms
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Launches Rooms
Discussion: Rev2.org and SheGeeks
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft embraces ‘Bring Your Own Laptop’ model  —  REDMOND, Wash.—You've heard of BYOB, now get ready for Bring Your Own Laptop.  —  There's a small but growing trend in which companies are choosing to give employees money toward their personal laptop, rather than providing a company-issued portable.
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Optimized Desktop for the Enterprise
Discussion: BetaNews and Computerworld
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Larry Page talks about Google's vision of “wi-fi on steroids”  —  “Wi-fi on steriods.”  That's one of the many potential uses for the wireless spectrum that is now lying unused between TV channels, our co-founder Larry Page told the New America Foundation here in DC this morning.
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Turns Page on White Spaces
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google seizes search share in April
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Director Ed Kozel Resigns; Board Shrinking From 10 to 9  —  In a just-filed 8-K Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) says its director Edward Kozel is resigning from the company's board to (drumroll) “spend more time with family”, and that he would've done it earlier, but wanted to stay on to deal …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Towards a Value-Added User Data Economy  —  Every week it seems like the debate over access to, portability of and privacy over user data on the social web has reached new heights.  It's only going to get louder though, just as discussions about other forms of economics will never be resolved.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yang Gets “Adult Supervision” at Microsoft Meetings  —  Several major investors in Yahoo-who have been, how shall BoomTown put this delicately, freaked out by the sudden departure of Microsoft from the deal two weeks ago-have blamed the passive-aggressive style of Yahoo …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Geniuses at AT&T Rush Out a Package with Only a Plastic Bag Inside  —  We've shown you irresponsible shipping before, but this one takes the cake.  Brett from TUAW ordered a refurbed 16GB iPhone.  He got (and was charged) for two by accident.  OK, that's annoying enough.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
CinemaNow comes to Windows Media Center  —  Once upon a time if you wanted to (legally) download Hollywood movies or TV shows, you turned to sites like MovieLink and CinemaNow.  With all the attention focused on Apple, Amazon, Joost, and Netflix these days, we kind of forgot that these companies still existed.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Ubergizmo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone line forms at Apple's flagship for absolutely no reason  —  So word on the street (literally) is that a large number of people are queuing in line outside of Apple's flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City — keep in mind the Cube is open 24 hours a day.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Large companies paying workers to read employee e-mail  —  If you were thinking of using your work e-mail for job hunting or online dating, think twice.  —  A new survey finds that 41 percent of large companies (those with 20,000 or more employees) are paying staffers to read or otherwise analyze …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
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IBM and Dell lick their lips as Microsoft and Google buy billions in gear
Cathy Tang / Google LatLong:
In their own words  —  We're always amazed by the innovative …
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Better Gmail 2 Gets New Features, Skins, and Firefox 3 Support
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Google's Page rips Microsoft, says Yahoo ad deal OK
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