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10:25 AM ET, May 27, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Open Source Facebook Platform  —  Sometime soon, perhaps this week, Facebook will turn the year-old Facebook Platform into an open source project, multiple sources have told us.  The immediate effect will be to allow any social network to become Facebook Platform compatible …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook heading for the open (source) road?  —  Just when you thought the landscape of social-networking developer APIs couldn't get any more complicated, here comes another curveball.  —  Facebook will reportedly open-source the code for its application platform, according to TechCrunch.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows chief talks ‘7’  —  REDMOND, Wash.—Since taking over the Windows development reins from Jim Allchin, Steven Sinofsky has chosen to fall almost completely off the public radar.  —  It's not that he hasn't been busy getting Vista Service Pack 1 out the door and starting work on Windows 7.
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Communicating Windows 7  —  Typically when Microsoft ships a new OS (like Windows Vista), we immediately start talking about the next version-which begs two questions: 1) is Microsoft working on a new version of Windows, and if so, 2) why aren't you talking about it?
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Kleiner's Pick for the Killer iPhone App  —  The location-based software from Pelago will allow smartphone users to find friends' picks for local restaurants, shops, and activities  —  Apple won't crank up the hype machine about all the new things an iPhone can do until its Worldwide Developers Conference …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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David Runk / Associated Press:
Borders returns to Web retailing after 7 years  —  DETROIT - Borders Group is jumping back into online retailing with a Web site designed to evoke the feeling of browsing at a neighborhood bookstore, down to the popular shelves of staff picks that are familiar to its customers nationwide.
Discussion: TeleRead
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's Time To Rethink Copyright Law  —  There was more posturing today in the big YouTube-Viacom copyright showdown that began around the time that Google acquired YouTube and started talking to big copyright holders about paying them to get their content legally onto the popular video site.
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BBC:
YouTube law fight ‘threatens net’
Discussion: broadstuff, Mashable! and Memex 1.1
Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
Google says Viacom's suit ‘threatens’ Net
Financial Times:
Web 2.0 fails to produce cash  —  Many members of the Web 2.0 generation of internet companies have so far produced little in the way of revenue, despite bringing about some significant changes in online behaviour, according to some of the entrepreneurs and financiers behind the movement.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and Giles Bowkett
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
RIAA Drops Allofmp3 Lawsuit; Pretends Mp3Sparks Doesn't Exist  —  from the maybe-if-we-ignore-our-problems... dept  —  It's been quite some time since we heard about Allofmp3, the Russian online music download store that offered extremely low prices on DRM-free downloads (you even got to pick your format).
Discussion: DSLreports
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Declares Victory Over AllofMP3, Drops Lawsuit
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone for Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia  —  Apple has finally secured a distribution deal for iPhone in the Nordic nation states, with Sweden's largest mobile firm, TeliaSonera AB, moving to ship the device in seven countries there, starting “later this year”.
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Vodafone:
Vodafone Announces New Chief Executive  —  Vodafone Group Plc today announces that, after five years in the role, Arun Sarin will be retiring as Chief Executive at the end of the Company's AGM on 29th July 2008.  He will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Executive Vittorio Colao.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
VIA launches “open source” notebook  —  Do you own a small fabricating plant in Taiwan?  Do you have an engineering team of ten PhDs?  Do you want to make small laptops?  Has VIA got a deal for you.  The VIA OpenBook reference design is not actually a product — it's more of an idea.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
UK Retailer Woolworths Kills Off CD Singles, Focuses On Downloads  —  The days of browsing your local Woolies for the latest Top 40 tracks are over - the ailing entertainment retailer, a household name for 99 years, is to stop stocking CD singles from August.
 
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Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
China unveils telecom restructuring
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
When User-Generated Content Goes Bad
Discussion: Changing Way
Vito Pilieci / canada.com:
Copyright deal could toughen rules governing info on iPods, computers
Discussion: DailyTech
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yahoo Files Lawsuit to Protect Us
Discussion: Between the Lines
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to preach Web 2.0 gospel to developers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Stay N' Alive
Electronista:
Orange offering deal on 3G iPhone trade-up?
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OmniVision Turns Digital Imaging World Upside Down
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C4 hopes mobile gadget will save DAB
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to showcase social bookmarking at TechEd
Discussion: New York Times
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia Celebrates Memorial Day with New N95 NAM Firmware
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers to Consumers: We'll Text You
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
In Move to Digital TV, Some Will Be Left Behind
 

 
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