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3:10 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 …
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.
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Sites Available Without Google Apps
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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.
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 …
comScore Releases April 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  April 2008 saw Americans conduct 10.6 billion core searches …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google seizes search share in April
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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 …
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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Apple's digital home, five years out
Discussion: Epicenter
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
ABC soups up online video player  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - 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 …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
ABC to Update its Player, Add Embeds (Kinda)
Discussion: VentureBeat, last100 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)
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.
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.
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U.S. corporations massively read employee e-mail  —  In its fifth-annual study of outbound e-mail and data loss prevention issues, Proofpoint found that large enterprises continue to incur risk from - and take action against - information leaks over outbound e-mail, as well as newer communications media …
Discussion: CNET and DailyTech
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.
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Review: HTC Advantage X7510 with 16GB flash drive, haptics keyboard …
‘Linux is a platform for people, not just specialists’
Discussion: Slashdot
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple's WiMax, UWB wireless interest confirmed
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Joseph Goldstein / New York Sun:
Judge Says N.Y. Pension Fund Can't Sue Apple
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacUser
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Guitar Hero World Tour officially announced
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Toy-Like Microboat Could Carry Tiny Cargoes
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google Says It Will Defend Competitive Rationale of a Yahoo Deal