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11:35 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.
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
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Offers Rebates to Shoppers Using Its Search
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 …
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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 …
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
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 …
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The next time you complain about a company on Twitter, Get Satisfaction may be listening  —  While it wasn't made very clear during its outages over the past several months, Twitter has been using the online customer service site, Get Satisfaction to respond to customer complaints.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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)
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Doing A Fake Story For Linkbait?  Disclose — Or Face The Wrath Of Google  —  Link baiting entered a new area last week when Lyndon Antcliff had success with a fake story being picked up by some mainstream media sites as well as social news sites.  Controversy erupted over the tactic …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Akamai: Goldman Says “Sell,” Sees More Competition  —  Akamai (AKAM) shares are trading lower this morning after Goldman Sachs analyst Derek Bingham cut his rating on the content delivery network operator to Sell from Neutral and trimmed his price target on the stock to $33, from $35.
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George Bakos / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Three Cisco advisories released today
Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
Plan to trim cell phone cancellation fees draws criticism
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Judy Hua / eWeek:
Lenovo Q4 Doubles but Lags Forecasts
Discussion: CNET News.com
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bugs Bite Apple iCal Application
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
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Open-Source File Format Is to Be a Part of Microsoft Office
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Will Microsoft be directionless without Bill Gates?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Censoring User Messaging: Spam Prevention or Unaccountable …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market
 

 
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