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5:45 PM ET, June 17, 2008

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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Download Firefox 3 Today: Firefox Download Day to Set a Guiness World Record  —  Firefox 3 will be released today which makes today Firefox Download Day 2008.  —  To build its user base, Mountain View-based Mozilla will attempt a Guinness World's Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours.
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Mshapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3 coming soon!  —  The outpouring of interest and enthusiasm around Firefox 3 has been overwhelming (literally!).  Our servers are currently feeling the burn and should be back to normal shortly.  Download day will officially commence once the site goes live.  The 24 hours period will be clocked from that moment.
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
Hold off on Firefox version 3  —  I love Firefox.  Usually it goes hand-in-hand with Defensive Computing, as Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer.  But not today, not with the release of version 3 of Firefox.  —  Don't install Firefox version 3.  Not today. not for a while.
Discussion: Computerworld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Firefox 3 download fiesta: Ready, set, kaboom  —  The world record download attempt for Firefox 3 is off to a rough start.  —  Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT (Mozilla's official launch time) I went to spreadfirefox.com and got the following:  —  I'm sure Mozilla will fix this little glitch …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3: New front in the browser war  —  Mozilla plans to release Firefox 3 on Tuesday, and the open-source project is opening a new front in the browser wars.  —  As the Web transforms from a static repository of content into a foundation for applications such as word processors and graphics editors …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
It's Firefox 3 “World Record” Download Day, But I'm Still Waiting  —  Today's the big day for the official, no-longer-beta release of the Firefox 3 browser.  There is even a campaign to make today, June 17, Download Day and “set a Guinness World record for most downloads in 24 hours.”
BBC:
Firefox aims for download record
Discussion: Open Source
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Stunts Today for Firefox. Sophisticated Programs Tomorrow
Discussion: Forbes, Ars Technica and Download Squad
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
To avoid Flash lock-in, Apple looks at SproutCore  —  Apple, continuing its reliance on open-source technologies, is using an open-source project called SproutCore to provide rich Internet applications like its new MobileMe service.  —  The idea is to use to keep Apple from being …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Flash Coming To Apple's iPhone — Maybe, Someday (AAPL, ADBE)  —  Adobe's Flash animation/video player, missing from the 3G iPhone that Apple unveiled last week, could still make its way to Apple's phone sooner or later, via the iPhone's third-party apps program.  If Apple lets it get there.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
SproutCore: rich web apps in JavaScript, no Flash needed
Discussion: jd/adobe, Roughly Drafted and webmonkey
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Adobe Flash running on iPhone emulator; too slow for real devices?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Mike Saviage / Seeking Alpha:
Adobe F2Q08 (Qtr End 5/30/08) Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: Infinite Loop, iLounge and Lockergnome
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
comScore: Video Views Drop in April  —  Perhaps with the writers' strike over, people went back to oldteevee in April.  U.S. Internet viewers watched approximately 11 billion videos online during the month, according to comScore, down from 11.5 billion in March.
Discussion: WebProNews and Web Scout
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comScore:
More than 4 Billion Videos Viewed at Google Sites
Discussion: VentureBeat and Podcasting News
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost CEO: We've Figured It Out This Time  —  Two years ago, in the wake of Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, Joost was suposed to solve a very 2006 dilemma: Fearful media companies wanted to distribute their video over the Internet, but didn't know how they'd do it.  —  But that was then.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Launches Blog Ad Network, Technorati Media  —  Blog-focused advertising networks are all the rage right now, with both Federated Media and Glam pulling down big valuation financing rounds in the last few months based on very early growth metrics.  Other startups, like Six Apart …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Associated Press: Fair Use Limits You To Four Words; Five Words Costs $12.50  —  As we wait with bated breath for the Associated Press to come down from the mountain with its own rules for “fair use for bloggers,” Patrick Nielsen Hayden gives us a sense of what the AP considers fair use (found via Boing Boing).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown's Short List of Yahoo CEOs (Sorry Jerry, but Fortune Favors the Prepared)  —  Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has asked for it, although he has gone all kittenish now, after realizing his scheme to get Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Yahoo (YHOO) was over, once Yahoo signed on with Google …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Did Hulu Just “Kick YouTube's Ass”?  —  Mark Cuban has a must-read post over at Blog Maverick looking at Internet television service Hulu and Google's struggle to make its investment in YouTube pay off.  —  Cuban argues that Google made a billion-dollar mistake buying YouTube, and that Hulu is “kicking YouTube's ass”.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Goes Down and Stays Down  —  Google App Engine, which launched in April to compete with Amazon's web services unit, has been having major problems over the last day.  Currently, the application directory and, more importantly, all third party applications (here's our test application), are offline.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Meraj Chhaya / PhoneReport v2.0:
HTC: Android Q4, Windows Mobile 7 Q1 09  —  At the HTC Touch Diamond launch in South Africa, I had the opportunity to have a little chat with Kevin Chen, General Manager of HTC for MEA and CIS.  Besides having an in-depth explanation on the innovations that the Touch Diamond brings …
 
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Totlol: YouTube for 6-month-olds
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Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
UK Online ad spending to overtake TV this year
Discussion: Industry Standard
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IBM won't open source DB2. Is this a surprise?
Discussion: Open Sources
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MySpace spammer shrugs off $6 million penalty
Dominic White / Telegraph:
O2 sees interest soars for lower-price iPhone
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Answers Corp. Raising Up To $13 Million From VC Firm Redpoint Ventures
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