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10:10 AM ET, May 22, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter VC Funding Done.  Raises $15 MM  —  I spent most of the day digging up more information on Twitter and its new round of funding that I reported last night.  The update is that Twitter reached an agreement with investors today to raise $15 million in funding at around $80 million pre-money valuation.
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Jack / Twitter Blog:
I have this graph up on my screen all the time.  It should be flat.  This week has been rough.  —  We've gone through our various databases, caches, web servers, daemons, and despite some increased traffic activity across the board, all systems are running nominally.  The truth is we're not sure what's happening.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Empire Strikes Back: Our Analysis Of Microsoft Live Search Cashback  —  Most are negative.  Some excessively so.  After hearing Bill Gates give the pitch and trying the service myself to make a couple of purchases, here's what I think: It's a bold move that goes for Google's throat …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoa: Microsoft Cashback Google-Killer Generates NO Revenue For Microsoft  —  We're going to get a full download on the economics of Microsoft (MSFT) Live Search cashback tomorrow, but in the meantime, here's why Google (GOOG) was down 5% today (in part).  —  Cashback merchant partners—the advertisers—set the cashback percentage.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Rebates to Shoppers Using Its Search
Discussion: MarketingShift and GMSV
Andrew Zaeske / Official Google Blog:
Google Sites now open to everyone  —  A few months ago we launched Google Sites exclusively as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains.  Now we've made it easy for anyone to set up a website to share all types of information …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Sites Available Without Google Apps  —  As promised when the service was launched as part of Google Apps, now you can use Google Sites without having a domain.  “A few months ago we launched Google Sites exclusively as part of Google Apps for companies and organizations that wanted to use the service on their own domains.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and My Blog Posts
BBC:
Gamer anger at Nokia's ‘lock in’  —  Gamers have hit out at Nokia after learning that N-Gage titles bought for their handsets are locked to that specific device forever.  —  If a gamer changes or upgrades to a diferent Nokia handset they have to purchase the games again if they want to continue playing.
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Bill Ray / The Register:   Nokia shows an Orange face to the world
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple products for 2013 - report, speculation  —  Apple has huge plans to stake space in the digital home, and could introduce a slew of products to this end in the years ahead - at least, that's what Forrester Research believes.  —  As reported by the Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Daydreaming: Report Predicts Move Toward Home Devices  —  Predicting the new gadgets that Apple might concoct next is a favorite parlor game of the technology industry, Wall Street and the blogosphere.  The latest chatter is that company CEO Steve Jobs will reveal at a developer …
Electronista:
MS Office to support outside open formats  —  Microsoft today broke from its tradition of primarily endorsing in-house formats by revealing that it will add support to Office for a number of universal standards outside of its own.  Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will support the Open Document Format …
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Microsoft:   Microsoft Expands List of Formats Supported in Microsoft Office
Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:
Microsoft to Support ODF, PDF in Office Next Year
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Next Office 2007 service pack will include ODF, PDF support options
iSmashPhone:
Proof that the infamous “Enable 3G” iPhone screenshot is a photoshop  —  Do you remember this screenshot?  —  It ran circles through tech-sites and iPhone blogs.  —  And guess what?  We were 100% right.  —  How do we know we were right?  Follow along.
Discussion: Engadget and O'Grady's PowerPage
PR Newswire:
AT&T Nears Completion of 3G Wireless Technology Deployment that Delivers Broadband Wireless Speeds - for Downloads and Uploads  —  AT&T Will Be First in U.S. to Fully Deploy HSPA Technology in Its Wireless Network, Giving Customers Unsurpassed Speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps (Down), 800 Kbps (Up)
Judy Hua / eWeek:
Lenovo Q4 Doubles but Lags Forecasts  —  The sluggish U.S. economy hurts laptop sales while competition intensifies with its Asian rival Acer.  —  World No. 4 PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd lagged forecasts despite doubling quarterly earnings, as a decelerating U.S. economy depressed laptop sales …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google Says It Will Defend Competitive Rationale of a Yahoo Deal  —  How can Google, the Internet search and advertising giant, contend that teaming up with Yahoo in search ads would not invite an antitrust challenge?  —  Under a proposed partnership, Google would let Yahoo use …
Discussion: WebProNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Censoring User Messaging: Spam Prevention or Unaccountable Control of Conversation?  —  Facebook and MySpace have replaced email for a substantial number of young people.  Facebook, though, appears to believe that some things are better off not discussed in conversations between its members.
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bugs Bite Apple iCal Application  —  Researchers at Core Security find three remotely exploitable bugs in iCal.  —  Researchers at Core Security Technologies have uncovered three vulnerabilities in Apple's iCal application that hackers can exploit to take over vulnerable machines or launch denial-of-service attacks.
Discussion: MacUser and baselinemag
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John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Plan to trim cell phone cancellation fees draws criticism
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The next time you complain about a company on Twitter, Get …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Business Wire:
Time Warner and Time Warner Cable Agree to Separation
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Lawmaker questions Google over privacy practices
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
In the next evolution of the web public interaction will be less important
Discussion: Colin Walker
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Reader Slowly Closing on Bloglines
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Will Microsoft be directionless without Bill Gates?
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Kim Girard / CNET News.com:
Whirlpool to add iGo's gadget recharger to refrigerators
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Firefox 3 Features
Discussion: Underexposed, InfoWorld and Digg
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
CTL IL1PC Mini-Review
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
16 Simple Ways to Improve FriendFeed
Discussion: JupiterResearch
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market
Paul McIntyre / Business News, ASX Stock Market News:
TiVo launch imminent, minus monthly fee
Dieter Bohn / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone vs. BlackBerry Bold: Hands On (and Wait-a-Thon)
 

 
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