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11:10 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.
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
Discussion: MarketingShift and GMSV
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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!
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Doing A Fake Story For Linkbait?  Disclose — Or Face The Wrath Of Google  —  Nick Wilsdon summarizes a continued saga that is taking place over at our Sphinn on the topic of a recent linkbait tactic deployed by Lyndon Antcliff.  In short, the linkbait story was named 13 Year Old Steals Dad's Credit Card …
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)
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
AT&T readies 3G expansion as iPhone waits in the wings  —  Update at 7:15 a.m. PDT: The timing of the full build-out schedule has been clarified.  —  For some reason, this didn't draw a ton of attention.  But AT&T said Wednesday that about two-thirds of its cell phone network around the country will be 3G capable by the end of June.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Engadget Mobile and TechWeb
novell.com:
Novell Delivers SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Enhancements in Service Pack 2  —  New Subscription Management Tool for SUSE Linux Enterprise to help customers better manage their SUSE Linux Enterprise software updates  —  Novell today announced the availability to customers worldwide …
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Red Hat:
Red Hat Offers Enhanced Value to Customers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2
Discussion: InformationWeek and Linux.com
 
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George Bakos / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
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Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
John Dunbar / Associated Press:
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
Bugs Bite Apple iCal Application
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
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 …
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Note to Web 2.0 Companies: Early Adopters are not the Mass Market
 

 
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