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1:55 PM ET, May 22, 2008

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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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google Sites for everyone: GeoCities 2.0?  —  Google announced on its official blog late Wednesday that Google Sites, its simplified Web site creation service, is now available to any registered Google user.  —  Previously, only businesses with Google Apps accounts and their own domains had had access to Google Sites.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Sites Available Without Google Apps
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter VC Funding Done, Raises $15M  —  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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Highly Likely Rumor: Twitter Closes Third Round Of Financing From Spark Capital
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Latest iPhone 2.0 beta adds geo-tagging to Camera photos  —  A new beta of Apple's iPhone Software v2.0 Update released privately to a select group of enterprise partners this week adds a few new preferences and the beginnings of geo-tagging support for the handset's Camera app.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Search Engine Optimization Through Hoax News  —  Over at Search Engine Land's Sphinn, people are discussing a search engine optimization tactic which tries to assemble backlink juice by posting a fake news article.  Jonathan Crossfield wraps it up: “Online marketer Lyndon Antcliff recently helped …
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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 …
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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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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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
ABC soups up online video player  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC.com is souping up its full-episode broadband player with new features for the fall.  —  Among the bells and whistles set for the broadcaster's online destination are full-screen viewing, closed captioning and the ability …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
ABC to Update its Player, Add Embeds (Kinda)
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
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)
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How to Use Social Media for Social Change  —  Did you participate in the Twit-Out yesterday?  Do you even know what that is?  To get you up to speed, a handful of Twitter users, fed up with the regular outages of their favorite service, decided to band together to show Twitter some tough love by boycotting the service for a day.
Discussion: Techmamas
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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
UK to streamline identity theft with data retention proposal  —  The British government is developing a proposal to centralize the data-retention practices of UK communications firms.  Under current law, communications providers are required to retain certain kinds of data about their customers for a year …
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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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Guitar Hero World Tour officially announced
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
How fast will you upgrade your Linux installation?
Help Net Security:
U.S. corporations massively read employee e-mail
Discussion: DailyTech
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
Toy-Like Microboat Could Carry Tiny Cargoes
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Times of India:
Govt may get keys to your BlackBerry mailbox soon
Richard Swinburne / bit-tech.net:
First Look: Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PCs
Discussion: Engadget
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
FujiFilm's Z200FD with “love timer” tells you when it's over
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Peter Sanders / Wall Street Journal:
Sony to Distribute ‘Live’ Shows to Theaters
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Vulnerabilities in iCal pose potential security risk
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and BetaNews
Leigh Alexander / Kotaku:
Microsoft Explains “Gaywood” Ban
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Take FriendFeed Mobile With FF To Go
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Disqus And Profy — First Step To Totally Portable Blogging
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Building a Better Buzzword
George Bakos / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Three Cisco advisories released today
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
The next time you complain about a company on Twitter, Get …
iSmashPhone:
Proof that the infamous “Enable 3G” iPhone screenshot is a photoshop
 

 
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