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2:50 PM ET, May 30, 2008

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.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: I4U News 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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's .Mac Service to be Renamed, Revamped? [MobileMe?]
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Mat Lu / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Big changes coming to .Mac?
Discussion: Engadget, p2pnet, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
How was Comcast.net hijacked?  —  It's official, even a pothead can social engineer Network Solutions.  In an in-depth interview with the hijackers, featuring some screenshots showing they had access to the complete portfolio of over 200 domain names controlled by Comcast …
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
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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
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.
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.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Nolo Contendere  —  Readers have been asking — demanding even — an update on Team Cringely, my plan to win the Google Lunar X Prize and give my kids an inheritance worth fighting over.  So this week I have to announce that, alas, Team Cringely is no longer in competition for the Google Prize.
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
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
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Time Warner CEO Bewkes: On Bebo: ‘We May Have Overpaid’; Still Splitting Off AOL Access  —  Questions about AOL's (NYSE: TWX) purchase of Bebo continue to persist and Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes acknowledged that the company “may have overpaid” when shelling out $850 million …
 
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Business Wire:
Simon & Schuster, Inc. to Make 5,000 Additional Books Available for Amazon Kindle
David Lenoe / PSIRT:
More information on recent Flash Player exploit
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Icahn gets antitrust go-ahead for Yahoo stock buy
Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
AUO expects low-cost notebook market to reach 10-15 million units in 2008
Reuters:
Hi-Tech CEOs Offer Yahoo, Microsoft Merger Advice
James Sherwood / The Register:
Asus shows Wii-style controllers for Eee
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
John Walker / Rock, Paper, Shotgun:
Steamworks & Steamcloud - In Summary
Discussion: Crave, Ars Technica, Joystiq and Kotaku
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Apple TV and the death of the cable set-top box
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Karl / DSLreports:
French Paper Claims FiOS Is Dead …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
How Google Tests & Tests Search Interfaces
David Card / JupiterResearch:
No Way to Build an Operating System
Discussion: Technovia
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Procter & Gamble, et al, Changing The Way They Buy Ads, “Wreaking …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Is Google Violating a California Privacy Law?
Marcia Cristina de Oliveira / ConsortiumInfo.org …:
Now There are Two: Brazil Appeals OOXML Adoption
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Did China's Hackers Shut Off the Lights? (Updated)