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8:05 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:
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.
Mobile Me is the new name of .Mac. Here's the confirmation
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 …
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, Valleywag and 9 to 5 Mac
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”.
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
Yuvi / The StatBot:
TechCrunch Stats W.1 - Why Mike Arrington is popular  —  Sponsored by:  —  Here's the chart showing No. of Posts by the different Bloggers from TechCrunch:  —  (Aside: ‘Others’, ofcourse, included 6 ("SIX!") whole posts from Steve Gillmor that I haven't been able to make the slightest sense of.
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.
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.
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%+.
Stephen Shankland /
Yahoo gets more social with new Messenger 9 beta  —  You can't take it with you, at least when it comes to your social graph.  —  But with a new beta version of Yahoo Messenger 9 software released Thursday, users have new options for reconstructing networks of friends and contacts they've built elsewhere.
Discussion: CyberNet
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Canadian group: Facebook “a minefield of privacy invasion”  —  Facebook is the focus of a new complaint in Canada over its privacy policies and practices.  The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) filed the complaint this morning, asking the Privacy Commissioner …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
OiNK Investigation: Police Start Making Arrests  —  When the OiNK tracker was shutdown in 2007, a statement appeared on the site's homepage.  This time - and unusually for the UK - it would be the police investigating a file-sharing case, not some anti-piracy group flexing their muscles in civil action.
Discussion: Hack a Day and Digg
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Mark Fitzgerald / Editor and Publisher:
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PowerDock 2 Charges IPod, IPhone
Discussion: Popgadget, Gearlog, Gizmodo and iLounge
 Earlier Items: 
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Celebrity Baby Blog is Acquired:'s Gain Is FM Publishing's Loss
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
How was hijacked?  —  It's official, even a pothead …
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Firefox shoots for world record
David Card / JupiterResearch:
No Way to Build an Operating System
Discussion: Technovia
Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store