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11:30 PM ET, June 17, 2008

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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Happy One Year Anniversary, Jerry  —  Tomorrow marks Jerry Yang's one year anniversary of his first day as CEO of Yahoo.  —  What a year it's been.  Yahoo failed to sell itself to Microsoft, handed its search marketing business to Google, and lost nearly all of its key executives.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Voting with their feet? File this one under ‘stampede’
Discussion: BoomTown and Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Boardroom Brawl?
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Skype 4.0 Beta: It's All About Video  —  Skype is getting a major, much-needed upgrade: Skype 4.0.  President Josh Silverman calls it the “biggest new release in Skype's history.”  The new software client, which which will be released here in beta tomorrow (for Windows only), takes up the whole screen.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video Makes Skype 4.0 Grow Bigger, Wider
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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 …
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Paul / Netcraft:
Mozilla Outage on Firefox 3 Record Launch Day
Discussion: Mozilla, VentureBeat and BetaNews
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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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Where are all the video startups?  Maybe Content=King, online and offline  —  I ran across this interesting diagram from comScore on the top video properties online:  —  Top U.S. Online Video Properties* by Unique Viewers  —  April 2008  —  Total U.S. - Home/Work/University Locations
Discussion: HipMojo.com
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
11 Billion Videos Viewed Online in April-Most of Them Unmonetized
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Closes Its Round; Got That Billion Dollar Valuation  —  LinkedIn has raised $53 million from Bain Capital Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bessemer Ventures.  The investment values the business social network at just over $1 billion.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:   At Social Site, Only the Businesslike Need Apply
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: O'Reilly Radar
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google App Engine suffers outages
Discussion: Profy.Com
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Power User's Guide to Firefox 3  —  You already know about Firefox 3's marquee new features, but now it's time to dig deep and unearth the shortcuts, tweaks, and even Easter eggs that Mozilla marketing doesn't mention.  In honor of today's official release of Firefox 3—at 10AM Pacific Time …
Discussion: Digg
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.
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 Tuesday at Supernova 2008 in San Francisco, representatives from Facebook, Google, and Plaxo discussed …
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Gawker and Slashdot
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”.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Wanted: CMO for Startup - Must Have a Good PageRank  —  This is the type of job advert we will soon be seeing:  —  “Wanted: Chief Marketing Officer for a Web 2.0 startup based in San Francisco.  Candidate must have a blog with a PageRank of at least 5 and/or at least 800 followers on Twitter …
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).
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T and Verizon defend early termination fees
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Compete: Google Keeps Stomping The Others In Search Traffic
Discussion: Compete Blog
Umair Haque:
A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution
Discussion: broadstuff
Waxy.org:
Code Rush, the Mozilla Documentary from 2000
Discussion: Hack a Day
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Vermont OKs the Creation of Virtual Corporations
Discussion: New World Notes
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Tiger Woods Scores Big for NBCSports.com
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's New NYC Office: Expensive, And Under Construction
Discussion: Macsimum News
 Earlier Items: 
Doc Searls Weblog:
What you frame is what you get  —  I'm due to be on a panel at Supernova in five minutes.
PC World:
EA Releases Spore Creature Creator
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Video Embeds Disabled? Or Outage?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Totlol: YouTube for 6-month-olds
Discussion: WebProNews
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
SproutCore: rich web apps in JavaScript, no Flash needed
Meraj Chhaya / PhoneReport v2.0:
HTC: Android Q4, Windows Mobile 7 Q1 09
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost CEO: We've Figured It Out This Time
 

 
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