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5:25 PM ET, May 23, 2008


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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
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 …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone to support 42Mbps Evolved HSPA data?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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 …
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Update Your Profile From More Websites  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about the new ability to import stories into your Mini-Feed from other sites.  Since then, we've been working on increasing the number of sites that work with this feature.  We're happy to report that now …
Discussion: Mashable!
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your …
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
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
The Sandbox for the New Profile Design Is Now Open  —  As we promised recently, we've opened up our beta sandbox for the new profile design.  You should have enough time to test the new design with your applications before we launch it to our users next month.
Discussion: TechCrunch, WebProNews and All Facebook
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook New Profile Dev Sandbox Now Live
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines  —  Hollywood has been granted another victory in its war against piracy, this time at the expense of two linking sites that the Motion Picture Association of America believes profited from enabling copyright infringement.
Discussion: TechSpot and WebProNews
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” …
Apple Canada preps staff for unknown event  —  Apple Canada is gearing up some of its representatives in advance of an upcoming event, Electronista has learned.  Key staff are being asked to travel to the company's Markham, Ontario regional headquarters for discussions that are taking place today.
Discussion: MacMegasite
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 …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
On Twitter, architecture, and laying in the grass  —  Twitter is going through some growing pains.  As a simple microblogging and messaging service, the site's popularity has experienced more than its fair share of growth explosions over the past couple years, thanks to major event partnerships …
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