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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:
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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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's .Mac Service to be Renamed, Revamped? [MobileMe?]
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Big changes coming to .Mac?
Discussion: Engadget, p2pnet, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New iPhone's New Winner  —  Depending which iPhone rumor you believe, the 3G version of iPhone has either been delayed or already landed on U.S. shores and is on its way to being announced at Apple's WWDC in San Francisco next month.  The interest in the 3G version of the iPhone …
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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: CNET News.com and 9 to 5 Mac
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 more than five hours Thursday say they didn't know what they were getting themselves into.  —  In an hour-long telephone conference call with Threat Level …
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
How was Comcast.net hijacked?  —  It's official, even a pothead …
Discussion: DailyTech
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Gears as the Next Flash  —  When Google Gears was first announced, it was praised as the final nail in the coffin for desktop applications as it now made it possible to take Web applications offline.  However in the past year that Gears has existed, there hasn't been as much progress …
Discussion: Ajaxian and GigaOM
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.
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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Steve / Burning Questions:
Into the wild: AdSense for feeds  —  We've been hinting at this for awhile, but it's finally time to spill the beans: Starting next week, we'll be rolling out AdSense for feeds to a small group of publishers, in anticipation of a full launch to all FeedBurner and AdSense publishers “coming soon”.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Icahn gets antitrust go-ahead for Yahoo stock buy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators have given billionaire investor Carl Icahn the go-ahead to purchase large blocks of Yahoo (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) stock, the Federal Trade Commission said on Friday.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is YouTube Building Market Dominance At The Expense of Building A Business?  —  If you look at YouTube's numbers, one thing is clear: It completely dominates online video.  YouTube accounts for 37 percent of all videos watched on the Internet and attracts about half of the audience, according to comScore.
Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
Borrell Report: Newspaper Online Local Ad Revenue Hits $2 Billion, More Than All Other Media Combined  —  CHICAGO Newspaper-owned Web sites are taking the biggest — albeit shrinking — share of online local ad revenue that continues to grow at an astounding rate, a new study shows.
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.
Shoemoney:
Why I Do Not Like CPM Advertising On Blogs  —  What Say You?  —  9 People have said their piece on this post.  —  I have had blog networks approach me like Federated Media, etc etc to handle my advertising.  They just do CPM advertising though and they take a HUGE CHUNK like 40%+.
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: PC World and AppScout
 
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PC World:
PowerDock 2 Charges IPod, IPhone
Discussion: Popgadget, Gearlog, Gizmodo and iLounge
Michael Reilly / New Scientist:
In-flight surveillance could foil terrorists in the sky
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Adobe Media Player is Open to “Longtail” Publishers, Too
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Celebrity Baby Blog is Acquired: People.com's Gain Is FM Publishing's Loss
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Canadian group: Facebook “a minefield of privacy invasion”
Business Wire:
Simon & Schuster, Inc. to Make 5,000 Additional Books Available for Amazon Kindle
Reuters:
Hi-Tech CEOs Offer Yahoo, Microsoft Merger Advice
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Time Warner CEO Bewkes: On Bebo: ‘We May Have Overpaid’ …
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Asus shows Wii-style controllers for Eee
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Apple TV and the death of the cable set-top box
Karl / DSLreports:
French Paper Claims FiOS Is Dead …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
How Google Tests & Tests Search Interfaces
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Glimpses of a Google Maps Redesign
Discussion: WebProNews
David Card / JupiterResearch:
No Way to Build an Operating System
Discussion: Technovia
Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google spotlights data center inner workings
 

 
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