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7:40 PM ET, June 17, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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.
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
Hold off on Firefox version 3
Discussion: BBC and Computerworld
Paul / Netcraft:
Mozilla Outage on Firefox 3 Record Launch Day
Discussion: The Inquisitr, Mozilla and BetaNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3: New front in the browser war
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Stunts Today for Firefox. Sophisticated Programs Tomorrow
Discussion: Forbes, Ars Technica and Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo  —  Photo sharing site Flickr is one of the leading lights of Yahoo - but cofounders (and husband/wife team) Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield won't be around to keep driving the product forward.  They are both joining the mass exodus of executives from the company.
comScore:
More than 4 Billion Videos Viewed at Google Sites  —  In April, Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with more than 4.1 billion videos viewed (38 percent share of all videos), as YouTube.com accounted for 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
comScore: Video Views Drop in April
Discussion: Web Scout and WebProNews
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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
The Technium:
One Dead Media  —  One of my suppositions is that technologies rarely go extinct — on the global level.  Usually someone, somewhere will continue to employ the most ancient technology.  There are probably more people making swords by hand now than in the past.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
A Redesign at Skype  —  Skype, eBay's Internet phone division, has always been something of a problem child for the e-commerce giant.  —  The service is growing like a weed, with 309 million registered users.  It earned $126 million in the first quarter of the year, exceeding what eBay and PayPal earned at similar age.
Discussion: GigaOM, TechCrunch and TalkCrunch
Fred / A VC:
Why Widgets Is The Wrong Word For What We're Doing  —  I am speaking at WidgetWeb today.  They asked me to talk about widgets as startups, but I am not going to talk about that.  I am going to talk about the end of widgets as we know them, starting with the word itself.
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).
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 …
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”.
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.
Doc Searls Weblog:
What you frame is what you get  —  I'm due to be on a panel at Supernova in five minutes.  I won't be there.  If I were, I would say the following, and then some.  Alas, no time.  But, since the Net is essentially spaceless, here ya go:  —  If you say the Net is a system of “pipes” and …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Facebook and Google still not ready to connect friends  —  The meaning of openness in the realm of social networks continues to be difficult to pin down.  At a panel discussion at Supernova 2008, representatives from Facebook, Google and Plaxo discussed their various interpretations of openness …
Discussion: The Real McCrea
 
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Jon Hurdle / eWeek:
Philadelphia Revives Citywide Wi-Fi Project
Discussion: Ars Technica
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Wanted: CMO for Startup - Must Have a Good PageRank
Daniel / Disqus:
New: Enable Support for Trackbacks in Disqus
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Mashable!
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Tiger Woods Scores Big for NBCSports.com
Anne Saini / Nielsen Media Research:
U.S. Advertising Spending Is Flat In First Quarter 2008, Nielsen Reports
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CBS Relaunches Dotspotter As TheInsider.com
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Vaja Ivolution is Leather Protection, Not Gimp Suit for MacBook Air
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's New NYC Office: Expensive, And Under Construction
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Video Embeds Disabled? Or Outage?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
SproutCore: rich web apps in JavaScript, no Flash needed
NaviGadget:
nuviphone white  —  A reader sent us a couple of pics …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
louisgray.com:
LOUD3R Launches Massive Semantically-Driven Network
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MySpace spammer shrugs off $6 million penalty
Dominic White / Telegraph:
O2 sees interest soars for lower-price iPhone
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown's Short List of Yahoo CEOs (Sorry Jerry, but Fortune Favors the Prepared)
 

 
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