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8:40 AM ET, June 18, 2008

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
At Social Site, Only the Businesslike Need Apply  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For a Web site, it could hardly look less exciting.  Its pages are heavy with text, much of it a flat blue, and there are few photos and absolutely no videos.  —  But LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is dull by design.
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is LinkedIn Worth $1 Billion?  —  LinkedIn Worth $1 billion?  — I think so  — It is seriously overvalued  — I don't care either way.  —  The big news tonight is business social network LinkedIn raised $53 million in Series D funding at a valuation of $1 billion.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn Raises $53 Million at $1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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.
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video Makes Skype 4.0 Grow Bigger, Wider
PR Newswire:
Microsoft Announces Acquisition of Navic Networks  —  Navic enables Microsoft to work with industry partners to optimize the delivery and placement of television advertising.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of Navic Networks, a leading provider of television advertising solutions.
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Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft steps big into TV ad world
Discussion: Startup Meme
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Microsoft Acquires Navic Networks
Discussion: paidContent.org, Beyond Binary and Bits
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Preliminary autopsy results on Mozilla's Download Day ...  Mozilla's Guinness World Record attempt “Download Day” is still ongoing, but things got off to a shaky start yesterday.  It seems that distributing popular (and much hyped) software doesn't go hand-in-hand with record attempts.
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
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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.
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InfoWorld:   Google's App Engine breaks down
John Chan / CNET News.com:
Experiencing Google's Android  —  Google may have put to rest the notion that it will be creating a Google phone, but there's still quite a bit of excitement surrounding the Android platform that it is championing.  Among the companies that have signed on with its Open Handset Alliance …
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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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Boardroom Brawl?  —  Will there be a mano-a-mano in the Yahoo boardroom about what to do about the moribund stock at Yahoo, as the company moves closer to its annual meeting on Aug. 1?  —  If major shareholders have anything to do with it, there will be.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Happy One Year Anniversary, Jerry
Daniel Langendorf / ReadWriteWeb:
The Coming World of Mobile Sensors  —  At Supernova 2008 this week we got a glimpse of what's next for mobile; and it has little to do with hardware like the iPhone, software like Google's open-source operating system Android, mobile platforms put forth by Apple, Google, Nokia, Research in Motion, and the carriers.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Compete: Google Keeps Stomping The Others In Search Traffic  —  The latest search engine share stats for May 2008 from Compete show Google hitting yet again another high.  Let's do the numbers, including the debate on whether Microsoft Live Search Club searches should be counted plus …
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
May Search Market Share: Nothing But Google
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Center'd marries local search to event listings and planning  —  Launching this evening is a new company that thinks it can be all things to all local searchers: Listings like Yelp, events like Going, and planning like Evite, all layered atop a rich, yet feathery-light social network.  —  Mouth watering?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twhirl Adds Seesmic Access; Extends Seesmic Distribution  —  Popular Twitter and FriendFeed client Twhirl is announcing a major update this evening.  Twhirl has added Seesmic video messageboard functionality to the Adobe Air client.  Today alone, Twhirl has been downloaded 400,000 times.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled  —  The music was played on the successor to Manchester's “Baby”  —  A scratchy recording of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a truncated version of In the Mood are thought to be the oldest known recordings of computer generated music.
 
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New Profile Design Update, and New Metrics
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Massive layoffs at pop-up advertiser Zango
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AT&T and Verizon defend early termination fees
Umair Haque:
A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Longtime Microsoft board member Jon Shirley to step down
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Wanted: CMO for Startup - Must Have a Good PageRank
The Technium:
One Dead Media  —  One of my suppositions is that technologies rarely …
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