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3:45 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:
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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?
Discussion: Engadget, p2pnet, 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's .Mac Service to be Renamed, Revamped? [MobileMe?]
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
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
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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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 …
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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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.
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.
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 …
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
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Adobe Media Player is Open to “Longtail” Publishers, Too  —  Adobe's newly introduced desktop application for video, Adobe Media Player, features content from mostly big publishers like CBS.  But it's a platform for long tail producers too, Beet.TV has learned.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
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 …
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.
 
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Firefox shoots for world record
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French Paper Claims FiOS Is Dead …
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Glimpses of a Google Maps Redesign
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No Way to Build an Operating System
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Android to offer iPhone-like App Store
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Is Google Violating a California Privacy Law?
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