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7:05 AM ET, May 24, 2008

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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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your …
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Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Rumor: Tablet Mac coming this fall (updated 3x)  —  I don't often publish first hand rumors, but today I've something special for you, if you like tablets that is.  —  A little birdy tells me that Apple will announce a 12 or 13-inch tablet in the fall of this year.  Most likely in the September or October time frame.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and LoopRumors
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Arn / MacRumors:   Tablet Mac Coming in Fall 2008?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Gates Factor  —  Sure, Microsoft and Yahoo are talking this weekend and they are talking about a lot of configurations of a revived deal to merge the companies together in some way that makes all parties happy.  —  But make no mistake: It is Yahoo (YHOO) pushing the one-price-buys-all idea …
The Register:
Social networking site bans oldies over sex offender fears  —  Over 36?  You can't play  —  A social networking site has deleted most of its users over the age of 36 because it claims older users pose a danger of sex offending.  It claims to be forced into the action by the Government …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Social Networking Site Bans Anyone Over Age 36 To (Sorta) Deal With Sex Offender Law
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
It's Time For FriendFeed To Kill Twitter  —  The big news today is that Twitter was up for short period, before once again going down.  —  So that was a little sarcastic, but news of Twitter being down simply isn't news anymore.  There has been another round (seemingly never ending now) …
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Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica:
Keep Your Eyes On FriendFeed: It May Be The Google Of Social Networks
Discussion: Mashable! and Micro Persuasion
Live Search:
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.
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft shuts down book search
Discussion: Bloomberg and Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hints of a Facebook Operating System In New Design  —  It's become a common trope to say that Facebook and Google are vying to become the operating system of the Internet.  But there are some very clear hints of that in Facebook's upcoming new design, which it just opened up to today in a developer sandbox.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook New Profile Dev Sandbox Now Live
Discussion: Mashable!
Macworld:
Reliving the clone wars  —  Psystar's efforts have rekindled Mac clone talk—but don't expect Apple to join in  —  In April 1995, while lunching with reporters at San Francisco's trendy LuLu restaurant, Power Computing CEO Steve Kahng was asked how his company, which had just released …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Technovia
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akimbo, Dot Gone  —  Akimbo, an early entrant in the Internet Video game has shuttered its doors, as first indicated by VentureBeat and confirmed by NewTeeVee.  Peter Chantel, CFO of the company told NewTeeVee that the nine-year-old company has held onto a skeleton staff that will find a buyer for the company.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Cable Prices Keep Rising; Customers Keep Paying  —  Americans discouraged by higher gas prices and airline fares may decide to spend more vacation time at home, perhaps watching television.  —  But that, too, will cost them more than ever.  —  Cable prices have risen 77 percent since 1996 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Platform, One Year Later  —  Today marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Facebook Platform.  We figured it would be a fitting time to take a look at what the platform promised, what it's delivered, and where it's going in the future.  The summary: Facebook Platform …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Blu-ray Awaits Its Spoils  —  Blu-ray may have won the format war, but it hasn't won over many consumers.  —  Now was supposed to be the boom time for the young video technology, pitched as a high-definition replacement for the DVD.  In January, consumer electronics company Toshiba dropped support …
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Man ‘stole rental cars after planting GPS devices in them’  —  A 30-year-old man has been indicted on charges of stealing rental cars by installing global positioning system devices in rented vehicles, tracking their location after they are returned to rental companies, and then stealing them by using copied keys, police said.
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Photoshop to get GPU and physics acceleration  —  Santa Clara (CA) - GPU acceleration is one of the most significant trends in today hardware industry, opening the doors to an entirely class of software running desktop.  What will be possible is fascinating to see on a monitor, nut it is not tangible, if you just hear about it.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Tech Report
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Red Herring down but not out  —  Updated at 2:49 p.m. to include …
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Media Duped by Fake Story About Boy Who Hired Hookers
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
On Twitter, architecture, and lying in the grass
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Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
FCC may auction another 25 MHz of spectrum
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Touch Dual finally coming to Best Buy this weekend
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Nine Company Blogs That Are Fun For Anyone to Read
IDG News Service:
Users Will Be Able to Transfer N-Gage Games, Says Nokia
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Zune Now Eligible for Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Integrated With LinkedIn API
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software
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Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines
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