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9:20 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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blazing Samsung 256GB SSD Is the One We've Been Waiting For  —  This is the solid-state drive that we've been waiting for: a full 256GB, which Samsung says is “the world's fastest and largest capacity 2.5-inch, MLC-based SSD with SATA II Interface.”  Sick sequential read and sequential write speeds …
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 … and Digg
Rew Joon-Young / ZDNet Korea:
“Samsung Develops World's Fastest and Largest Capacity 2.5-inch …
Discussion: CNET News.com and WinBeta
Brad Stone / New York Times:
An Upstart Challenges the Big Web Browsers  —  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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans, Screenwerk and TechConsumer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter!  —  Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile Gadgets and Applications, Delivered Daily.
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
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Via set to fight Intel in microprocessor arena  —  Several years ago, a tiny Taiwanese chipmaker created a family of microprocessors that could run Windows software using less electricity than it takes to light a compact fluorescent bulb.  —  Now, Via Technologies of Taipei must defend …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
PayPal Apparently Costs Merchants Thousands of Dollars By Not Communicating  —  Last week I explained why startups should have status notifications for downtime, maintenance and any other customer communications.  I assumed large companies already knew this but apparently not.
Discussion: getclicky.com/blog and TechCrunch
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.
Pink Tentacle:
Evolta robot climbs Grand Canyon cliff  —  On May 24, a 17-centimeter tall, 130-gram Panasonic Evolta battery mascot robot scaled a 500-meter cliff at the Grand Canyon in a publicity stunt to showcase the endurance of the Evolta AA alkaline battery, which the Guinness Book …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia has two CPU lines  —  Meet the Tegra APX and CSX  —  NVIDIA IS GOING to release two types of CPUs in the near future.  On June 3rd, according to the slides from this week's reviewers day.  Luckily as they forgot to invite us, they forgot to NDA us as well so we can tell …
Discussion: UMPCPortal and Engadget
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 …
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Importance Of A Competitive Search Market
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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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
The Magnifying Glass Gets an Electronic Twist
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Digg
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Twitter and FriendFeed: Let it be  —  Lately the echo chamber …
Ryan Stewart:
The Day Google Erased Me From the Internet …
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Treo 850 has WiFi, full specs leaked
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Cloud Computing: So You Don't Have to Stand Still
Discussion: WebGuild
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
TV becomes social again
Discussion: broadstuff
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Resistance Is Futile  —  IT'S O.K. to liken Shigeru Miyamoto to Walt Disney.