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3:25 AM ET, May 26, 2008

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Electronista:
Samsung ultra-fast, cheap 256GB SSD due this year  —  Samsung late on Sunday promised what it says is a breakthrough in solid-state drives with the launch of its first 256GB SSD.  The drive offers twice the capacity of the Korean firm's previous 128GB SSD but is also much faster.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung announces crazy fast 256GB SSD, our knees buckle  —  Uh oh, Samsung's just announced their first 256GB SSD.  Not that you needed to know anything more than that to trigger salivation, but the MLC-flash SATA II drive has speeds of 200MBps read and 160MBps sequential write.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Browsers Are a Battleground Once Again  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The browser, that porthole onto the broad horizon of the Web, is about to get some fancy new window dressing.  —  Next month, after three years of development and six months of public testing, Mozilla, the insurgent browser developer …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Ryan Stewart:
The Day Google Erased Me From the Internet - Why I Want Microsoft to Be Competitive in Search  —  Update: Matt Cutts blogged and provided some insight into the process.  I want to make sure people know I'm not angry with Google - I broke the rules.  It was just a wakeup call for me that Google's rules …
Discussion: Matt Cutts and SmoothSpan Blog
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Why search competition isn't the point  —  This morning, in response to my Microhoo: Corporate Penis Envy? piece, Michael Arrington wrote The importance of a competitive search market.  —  First, let's be clear.  I agree with Michael that competition is a good thing, and that there's a real risk that …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Importance Of A Competitive Search Market  —  Is Microsoft's vision to compete in search and reinvent itself as an advertising company nothing more than an attempt to get back into its familiar position as Top Gun?  Should Microsoft, Google and everyone else just give up on search and outsource to Google?
Brian Alvey:
Twitter's business model  —  I finally figured out a business model for Twitter.  It's advertising based and it only works if Twitter doesn't solve their scaling problems.  —  The way I see it, the most the Twitter user base needs Twitter to be running smoothly is about fourteen hours a day.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Seesmic: Why it's so important to just frackin' start  —  Loic is a good friend of mine.  He's had me to Paris to speak at his wonderful events, I've had him stay at my place (and take video), and we spent some time over Thanksgiving together.  I think the world of him, and love his family.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and metarand
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix  —  FOR a certain subset of Internet users, “Sudo make me a sandwich” may as well be “Take my wife ... please.”  —  Perhaps some explanation is in order.  Before giving up the goods, however, we should heed the warning of Randall Munroe …
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
PR secrets? bulls**t.  —  I hate the term “PR secrets”.  It only PR for PR companies trying to sell their expensive consulting to the poor startup CEOs.  Brian Solis has many valid points about PR in this post “PR Secrets for Startups” and he knows what he is talking about …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Twitter and FriendFeed: Let it be  —  Lately the echo chamber of the blogosphere inhabited by the Gillmor Gang (of which I am a member) has been caught in a loop of Twitter-FriendFeed convulsions.  —  Steve Gillmor believes that Twitter is the communications medium of the future.
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Cloud Computing: So You Don't Have to Stand Still  —  CLOUD computing is the jargon of the moment in the technology industry.  Google, I.B.M., Microsoft and Yahoo are just some of the big companies talking up the cloud, and a bunch of smaller ones are, too.  —  What, you may be thinking, is cloud computing?
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