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10:40 AM ET, May 30, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
iPhone Nano, GPS Are More Important to Apple Than 3G: Analysis
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
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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Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
US probes whether laptop copied on China trip
Discussion: CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
China's cyber-militia behind U.S. blackouts?
Discussion: Parallax View and TG Daily
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 …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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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 …
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
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple planning biggest back-to-school promo yet  —  Apple as early as Monday is expected to announce its 2008 back-to-school promotion, which will encourage students to purchase a new Mac through some of the biggest incentives in the company's history, AppleInsider has learned.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google spotlights data center inner workings  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The inner workings of Google just became a little less secret.  —  The search colossus has shed only occasional light on its data center operations, but on Wednesday, Google fellow Jeff Dean turned a spotlight on some parts of the operation.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
MediaGuardian / PDA:
Budget-busting bbc.co.uk threatens digital revolution, says Telegraph chief  —  PDA invited Edward Roussel, digital editor of the Telegraph Media Group, to comment on the findings of the bbc.co.uk review.  —  Edward Roussell  —  There was something comforting and reassuring …
Discussion: broadstuff
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
How Google Tests & Tests Search Interfaces  —  We're all guinea pigs in Google's search experiment from News.com covers Google's Marissa Mayer presentation at the Google I/O conference.  In her speech, she discusses the various tests they perform to increase searcher activity and responsiveness.
Discussion: The Real McCrea, eWeek and The Register
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's grand plan to eliminate phone numbers  —  I've been puzzling over transcripts of a couple of recent speeches by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates where he discussed his vision for the end of phone numbers.  But it wasn't until today, when I learned more about Microsoft's “Echoes” …
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
Jui Chakravorty Das / Reuters:
NBC's Weather Channel bid is half equity: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A consortium including NBC Universal and Blackstone Group (BX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) bidding for the Weather Channel is offering about $1.8 billion in equity for their bid, or roughly half the total offer, a source familiar with the matter said.
 
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Semantic Search: The Myth and Reality
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Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Human Hardware: The Subconscious Side of Search
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Procter & Gamble, et al, Changing The Way They Buy Ads, “Wreaking …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Is Google Violating a California Privacy Law?
Discussion: Technology Live
Marcia Cristina de Oliveira / ConsortiumInfo.org …:
Now There are Two: Brazil Appeals OOXML Adoption
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Weighs Free-Internet Plan
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Apple patches 40 Mac OS X security bugs
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PC World:
Web 2.0 Sites a Thriving Marketplace for Malware
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Web Technology Trends for 2008 and Beyond: Update
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Did Alexa Die and No One Notice?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Forbes:
GooTube  —  Google is turning YouTube into its own kind of data gold mine.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail Labs?  —  Google pre-announced a mysterious new feature for Gmail.
 

 
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