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6:00 PM ET, May 31, 2008

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Clearing the air with Twitter  —  Yesterday Evan Williams (co-founder of Twitter, his Twitter account is here) wrote me an email telling me he wasn't blaming me and trying to clear the air.  I said “can I come over?” to talk more about these issues face-to-face.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Large Scale Geo-Services  —  Our sister publication Techcrunch UK noticed that a Location services API had been added to Google Gears.  The developers behind Gears have been plotting out future API additions for a while, and those plans have included having Geo-data available …
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Phoenix to Earthlings: I've Landed!  Awesome!  —  @infoholic Yup, I can dig into frozen ground as hard as concrete.  The scoop has special blades and a powered “rasp” to scrape ice.  Cool!  —  Whoever thought a NASA spacecraft could be so adept at social networking and Web 2.0?
Nick / Rough Type:
Understanding Amazon Web Services  —  There are two ways to look at Amazon.com: as a retailer, and as a software company that runs a retailing application.  Both are accurate, and in combination they explain why Amazon, rather than a traditional computer company, has become the most successful early mover …
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Dr. Jim Anderson / The Business Of IT:
Gartner Reveals Top 10 Technologies  —  The good folks over at the Gartner Group have revealed the top 10 technologies that they believe will change the world over the next four years:  — Multicore and hybrid processors  — Virtualization and fabric computing  — Social networks and social software
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Friendfeed's “MicroMeme” Means For You, Brands, and The Web  —  Bret Taylor, one of Friendfeed's four founders  —  After experimenting with Friendfeed (add me) on and off since March, and more heavily the last few weeks, I decided it was time to meet Founder Bret Taylor …
Kristina Peterson / Mercury News:
Teens say they were banned from Apple stores for life, company denies it  —  Four Palo Alto teenagers raised in the heart of Silicon Valley got the scare of their lives when they thought they might be banished from all Apple stores worldwide, for life.  —  Their crime, the teens said …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
From the Eye of a Legal Storm, Murdoch's Satellite-TV Hacker Tells All  —  SAN DIEGO — Christopher Tarnovsky feels vindicated.  The software engineer and former satellite-TV pirate has been on the hot seat for five years, accused of helping his former employer, a Rupert Murdoch company …
Discussion: Threat Level and Slashdot
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
TheWB.com Opens for a Peek  —  The WB private-beta-launched its anticipated new portal of old shows tonight, and I just had a chance to take a look around.  The site looks nice enough and promises some interesting features, but there's a lot left unfinished — like the original online shows we'd been promised.
Discussion: Mashable! and Lost Remote
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Billboards That Look Back  —  In advertising these days, the brass ring goes to those who can measure everything — how many people see a particular advertisement, when they see it, who they are.  All of that is easy on the Internet, and getting easier in television and print.  —  Billboards are a different story.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Subnotebook vs. UMPC vs. Netbook: WTF Is the Difference?  —  When Blam broke the news on Dell's mini Inspiron, there was one he was stuck on: How to categorize it.  Is it a subnotebook?  A UMPC?  A netbook?  (Knowing the specs might have helped, but probably not much.)
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Facebook ‘violates privacy laws’  —  Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley  —  A Canadian privacy group has filed a complaint against the social networking site Facebook accusing it of violating privacy laws.  —  The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic …
Discussion: p2pnet and Threat Level
 
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Clerical error exposes Google as anonymous eBay critic
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