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3:05 PM ET, May 23, 2008


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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9  —  Thursday was a red-letter day for 3G iPhone rumors.  On Wall St., the “rumor of a rumor” of an iPhone delay was enough to drive Apple (AAPL) share prices down 5 points in midafternoon trading.  Meanwhile, a dozen subway stops to the north …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and
David Richards / Channel News:
OZ 3G iPhone To Be Fastest In The World  —  Australia will have the fastest Apple 3G iPhone in the world a senior executive of Telstra has told ChannelNews.  “We know what is coming we have seen the new device and it will be available on our network as soon as it is launched in the USA.
MSDN Blogs:
Book search winding down  —  Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week.  Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Burns Book Search - Lacks “High Consumer Intent”  —  Wow.  Earlier this month, I heard Microsoft execs highlight Live Search Books as a key advance they were doing in search.  Today, news that the site along with Live Search Academic are being closed next week, since they lack the …
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Royal Pingdom:
Smart and funny use of Google Adwords  —  Text ads can be smart, funny, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious when they show up in the wrong context.  —  David, our web designer and marketing maestro here at Pingdom was surfing the web last night and put together a list of really funny and original text ads from Google Adwords.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
GameStop to Stop Zune Sales  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) GME MSFT  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft'sMSFT Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.
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Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing  —  EVEN when the sky is blue over Quincy, clouds hang in the air.  The small town in the centre of the state of Washington is home to half a dozen huge warehouses that power the global “computing clouds” …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Goldman adds Apple to Americas conviction buy list  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs added Apple Inc (AAPL.O) to its Americas conviction buy list, saying shares will likely benefit from the launch of the company's third-generation iPhone next month, as well as from the sharply higher projections …
Discussion: LoopRumors
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shrs Rise On Bullish Notes From Merrill, Goldman
Discussion: Voices and AppleInsider
Caroline McCarthy /
Popular blogger ignites uproar over Twitter harassment  —  This post was updated at 10:49 AM with comment from Ariel Waldman.  —  Some Web enthusiasts find microblogging service Twitter to be addictive because you can say absolutely anything you want—as long as it's 140 characters or less.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Integrated With LinkedIn API  —  We will shortly be releasing a new version of CrunchBase, the company and people database wiki that you often see linked to here on TechCrunch.  —  In the meantime, though, we've added a few new features to the product, including integration with LinkedIn via their API.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic Tool  —  A week ago Google announced the release of a safe browsing diagnostic tool.  To use the tool, just append a URL to the end of diagnostic?site=.  —  (1) The current listing status of a site and also information …
James Sherwood / The Register:
Incredible folding laptop untucked on eBay  —  Laptops are designed to be portable, so a 19.5in machine is really defeating the object.  Unless, that is you buy one that folds up.  Now, thanks to one eBayer, you can.  —  An intrepid eBay seller has posted a Xentex-brand prototype laptop …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TheRarestWords: Intriguing Semantic SEO Project from Russia  —  A mysterious yet intriguing project from Russia has come across our inbox.  It is a search-engine optimization analysis tool for Websites called TheRarestWords.  For any given URL, like Microsoft's or Techcrunch's …
Discussion: The Rarest Words blog
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Intel to bundle SSDs as part of Centrino 2 platform
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Yahoo buy not a strategy in itself: Microsoft CEO
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Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 2.0 software may let users geotag photos
Erica Ogg / CNET
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Akimbo, online video delivery company, throws in towel for good
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