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1:25 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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Sites Available Without Google Apps
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google Sites for everyone: GeoCities 2.0?
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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.
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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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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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 …
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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 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC upgrades online video player  —  Full-screen, closed captioning among upcoming features  —  ABC.com is upgrading its full-episode broadband player with new features for the fall season.  —  Among the bells and whistles set for the broadcaster's online destination are full-screen viewing …
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
ABC to Update its Player, Add Embeds (Kinda)
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Vulnerabilities in iCal pose potential security risk  —  Core Security Technologies released a security advisory detailing three vulnerabilities in iCal related to improperly formed .ics files.  While two of the vulnerabilities lead to a crash caused by null pointer dereferencing (merely annoying) …
Discussion: The Register, eWeek and BetaNews
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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 …
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.
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 …
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)
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Disqus And Profy — First Step To Totally Portable Blogging  —  I am in Blogger jail right now.  —  And the capital “b” in Blogger was intentional.  I mean the blogging platform from Google called “Blogger.”  —  I feel like I am in jail because I want total blogging platform portability.
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Richard Swinburne / bit-tech.net:
First Look: Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PCs
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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
Leigh Alexander / Kotaku:
Microsoft Explains “Gaywood” Ban
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
GAO report: DTV transition making progress... mostly
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Steven Spielberg's Ghost/UFO Social Network To Be Called The Rising
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George Bakos / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
Three Cisco advisories released today
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Judy Hua / eWeek:
Lenovo Q4 Doubles but Lags Forecasts
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Facebook Censoring User Messaging: Spam Prevention or Unaccountable …
 

 
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