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11:15 AM ET, May 23, 2008

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David Richards / Music Download Sites:
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.
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Australia: 3G iPhone supports 42Mbps, fast, fast, fast  —  Apple's forthcoming 3G iPhone seems set to offer insanely great data transfer speeds, putting the device on par with some broadband connections.  —  Well, that's according to an executive from one of Apple's Australian networks …
Discussion: Electronista
TheStreet.com:
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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Seeking Alpha:
GameStop F1Q08 (Qtr End 05/03/08) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Dick Fontaine - Chairman, Chief Executive Officer  —  David Carlson - Chief Financial Officer  —  Dan DeMatteo - Vice Chairman, Chief Operating Officer  —  Analysts  —  Colin Sebastian - Lazard Capital Markets
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 http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/ diagnostic?site=.  —  (1) The current listing status of a site and also information …
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Google introducing Safe Browsing diagnostic to help owners of compromised sites
Economist:
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” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DimP - A Direct Manipulation Video Player  —  DimP, a direct manipulation video player, lets users drag items on the video screen to move forward and back instead of just via a scroll bar on the bottom of the video.  This is not only more fun, but it also allows users to scroll through video …
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
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 …
Discussion: TechBlog, My Blog Posts and RexBlog.com
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Our Terms  —  There's some discussion in our forum right now about content disputes and the specifics of our Terms of Service.  It seems there is room in our Terms for folks to debate the difference between an update and an insult.  There is some confusion surrounding our official policy with regard to taking action.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Shrs Rise On Bullish Notes From Merrill, Goldman  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are moving higher in pre-market trading this morning, propelled by bullish research notes from both Merill Lynch and Goldman Sachs.  —  Goldman Sachs' David Bailey added the stock today to the firm's …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Rob Larson / First Look:
Times Reader Beta for the Mac Now Available  —  Today our beta version of Times Reader for the Mac becomes available.  The beta is free for all registered members of NYTimes.com to download and try.  —  For hardware and software requirements and other questions check our FAQ.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Twitter's Availability Problems  —  As a regular user of Twitter I've felt the waves of frustration wash over me these past couple of weeks as the service has been hit by one outage after another.  This led me to start pondering the problem space [especially as it relates …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Akimbo, online video delivery company, throws in towel for good  —  We're hearing that Akimbo, the San Mateo, Calif. video set-top box company that raised millions of dollars in fresh funding less than three months ago to make a fresh start in a new direction, has just thrown in the towel anyway.
Wall Street Journal:
Top Contenders for Weather Channel Emerge  —  Time Warner Inc. and a partnership between General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal and Blackstone Group LP have emerged as leading contenders to win an auction for the Weather Channel, ahead of Friday's deadline for a second round of bids, people familiar with the auction say.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft embraces ‘Bring Your Own Laptop’ model  —  REDMOND, Wash.—You've heard of BYOB, now get ready for Bring Your Own Laptop.  —  There's a small but growing trend in which companies are choosing to give employees money toward their personal laptop, rather than providing a company-issued portable.
Discussion: blog.delaranja.com
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Optimized Desktop for the Enterprise
Kevin Fox / FriendFeed Blog:
Get a room!  —  It started when we wanted a better way to share feature ideas and product plans with each other here at FriendFeed, but not the rest of the world — a mini FriendFeed of our own.  We could have set this up on its own machine in the office, but we knew that we weren't alone …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
FriendFeed Adds Rooms
Discussion: Download Squad and VentureBeat
 
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Sony CEO Urges Managers ‘to Get Mad’
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 to add native support for Virtual Hard Disks
John Leyden / The Register:
Trillian blighted by security bug trio
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NCTA: Interview: Philippe Dauman, CEO, Viacom: 'Some Models …
Emily Gould / New York Times:
Exposed  —  Back in 2006, when I was 24, my life was cozy and safe.
Discussion: Gawker, The Stalwart and kottke.org
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Chi.mp To Offer Free .MP URL's
Reuters:
AT&T CFO: No pricing yet for next iPhone
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Geniuses at AT&T Rush Out a Package with Only a Plastic Bag Inside
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Melanie Lee / Reuters:
Singapore bans two porn websites in symbolic move
Discussion: My Blog Posts
Mari Silbey / Zatz Not Funny!:
The Ultimate Remote Arrives
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Towards a Value-Added User Data Economy
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
U are what U seek: new play sparked by AOL search query leak
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jonny / MethodShop:
iPhone Line Forms Already at Apple's 5th Ave Store
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Gadget Lab
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft exec: Survival is all about research
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yang Gets “Adult Supervision” at Microsoft Meetings