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1:10 PM ET, May 30, 2008

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blog.codingrobots.com:
.Mac re-branding is coming  —  I'm not in Apple rumors business, but... hell... why not?  —  Apple will rename their .Mac service soon.  Hints are everywhere in Mac OS X 10.5.3 update.  —  iCal's Localizable.strings file contains the following string: … Safari has the following lines in its Localizable.strings:
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Mac Observer
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Mobile Me?  —  Poking around the updated files in 10.5.3, the Russian-language site Deep Apple noticed that iCal's “Localizable.strings” resource file now contains placeholders for the name “.Mac”, with the following comment: … This is new to 10.5.3; in 10.5.2, the name “.Mac” was hard-coded, not a localizable string.
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Big changes coming to .Mac?  —  Rumors are flying about major changes coming to Apple's .Mac online service.  Perhaps most interesting is this post from Dmitry Chestnykh, the CEO at Coding Robots.  He went through the iCal Localizable.strings file in the recently released 10.5.3 update and found a number of changes.
Discussion: Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac, p2pnet and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's .Mac Service to be Renamed, Revamped? [MobileMe?]
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter: Don't blame Ruby, blame Scoble  —  Micro-messaging site Twitter has gone from zero to transparent in a hurry.  That is to say, it has gone from keeping users in the dark during its downtime to explaining the problems it is having in detail.  Tonight, developer Alex Payne wrote a Q …
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Twitter Technology Blog:
You've Got Q's, We've Got A's  —  We had a lot of feedback on our architecture update.  In the spirit of continued openness and transparency, I'd like to address a number of the questions that came up in the comments on that post.  —  Donnie asks if we're making a slow exodus from Ruby …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter blames its users
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
New iPhone Is Already Here  —  The launch of the next-generation iPhone promises to be Steve Jobs' greatest stunt yet.  —  Apple (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ), Jobs' secretive computer and gadget company, has been quietly positioning millions of units of a mysterious new product …
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Comcast Hijackers Say They Warned the Company First  —  The computer attackers who took down Comcast's homepage and webmail service for over five hours Thursday say they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.  —  In an hour-long telephone conference call with Threat Level …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google's New Blue Fav Icon ::  Google Updated Their Favorite Browser Icon  —  Such minor things as changing a favorite icon is noticed immediately by people.  Google, sometime over night, updated their favorite icon to a new icon.  The favorite icon is the little icon that is displayed in the browser URL bar on most modern browsers.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Updates Browser Favorite Icon
Discussion: Traffick
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Did China's Hackers Shut Off the Lights?  (Updated)  —  Hackers working on behalf of China's People's Liberation Army have penetrated networks controlling electric power grids in the United States, computer security experts believe.  And that may have precipitated a massive blackout …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Outing Google Merchant Search  —  A reader sent us an example of the new Google Merchant Search live and in the wild.  What's Google Merchant Search?  After a little poking around, it appears to be a new but unannounced program in beta where people can comparison shop services like loans.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store  —  Google I/O Google will offer an iPhone-like app store for Android, giving developers a central means of distributing applications on its soon-to-be-open-source mobile platform.  At least, it looks that way.  —  Speaking at the Google …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Glimpses of a Google Maps Redesign  —  Google Maps is showing a redesign here, though I don't know in what occasions it shows and whether it's experimental or meant to go live for everyone.  At the moment in Firefox (but not Internet Explorer, and also not in Firefox on another computer) …
Discussion: WebProNews
David Card / JupiterResearch:
No Way to Build an Operating System  —  This is no way to build an operating system.  Microsoft Watch opines, based on the D6 conference stage show: Windows 7 will ship in 2009, almost certainly in time for holiday PCs.  Microsoft disclosed today that there would be no major architectural changes …
Discussion: Technovia
Tom Espiner ZDNet.co.uk / ZDNet:
Firefox shoots for world record  —  Mozilla is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of downloads of an application in one day, on the release of its Firefox 3 web browser.  —  There is currently no official Guinness World Record for the total number of downloads of an application in a day.
Discussion: AppScout
 
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