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7:55 PM ET, June 18, 2008


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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Shifts Strategy, Tries Long-Form Video  —  YouTube (GOOG), known for short clips of dogs on skateboards, cats on treadmills, is trying something new: Showing video that is much longer than its previous 10-minute limit.  It's something of a test right now, limited to YouTube's …
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
YouTube goes long
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:   Feature-length Movies on YouTube?
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will Indie Movies Crush YouTube? No.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Tech-On! : tech news:
Survey: 91% of Japanese Will Not Buy ‘iPhone’  —  According to a survey by iSHARE, 91.0% of Japanese mobile phone users are not planning to purchase Apple Inc's “iPhone” mobile phone.  —  This research was conducted in the wake of the announcement by SoftBank Mobile Corp that it will release the iPhone in Japan (See related article).
Electronista:   Study: 91% of Japanese don't want iPhone 3G
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:   Survey: Pre-iPhone 3G, just 9 percent of Japan wanted one
John's Blog:
Firefox 3's First 24 Hours  —  It's been a very busy 24 hours for Mozilla folks around the world — as our 24 hour initial period draws to a close, I wanted to put a few things into perspective.  This is the first post of what will no doubt be many analysis posts, so here are a few things …
Browser Wars Escalate with New Firefox 3 and New Opera 9.5
Discussion: CyberNet
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox 3 launch a success: 8 million downloads in 24 hours
Discussion: The Inquisitr, Forbes and AppScout
reddit goes open source  —  Today we're excited to announce that we're open sourcing reddit.  We've always strived to be as open and transparent with our users as possible, and this is the next logical step.  When we say ‘open-source’ we mean specifically that the code behind reddit …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Reddit Tries To Compete the Open-Source Way
Discussion: Brent Csutoras
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Reddit Goes Open Source With Their Code
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Jay Adelson Diggs the A.P.  —  In the ruckus about the Associated Press's campaign to prevent blogs and other Internet sites from using what it considers too much of its material, one of the biggest sites that could be affected is Digg, the news site where readers determine that's worth reading.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Pulse 2.0, Feeds and BuzzMachine
Dorian Benkoil / Silicon Alley Insider:
The AP's Real Problem Isn't Bloggers: It's Its Own Newspapers
Discussion: BuzzMachine, Epicenter and Lockergnome
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Learning from Flickr's Co-founders on Their Way Out of Yahoo  —  In June 2005 Yahoo! acquired upstart Canadian photosharing web site Flickr and the web hasn't been the same since.  Yahoo, on the other hand, didn't change nearly as much as everyone expected it to.
In Pursuit of Mysteries:
IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3  —  20668 people have read this post.  —  Sean from Microsoft came by just a few minutes ago to drop off a cake for the Internet Explorer team.  As people may recall, the IE team sent Mozilla a cake after Firefox 2 shipped and it seems that they wanted to continue the tradition.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The cake is a lie: IE team bakes a treat for Mozilla
James Sherwood / The Register:
Teens use technology to party in strangers' pools  —  Tech savvy teens are using Google Earth's splendidly clear aerial shots of the UK to launch a summertime craze - pool crashing.  —  Teens begin by surfing Google Earth's satellite images to find houses with swimming pools - or at least paddling pools.
This Is London:
Discussion: Industry Standard
Cloe Shasha / ABCNEWS:
Will GPS Make Us Dumb?  —  Experts Say Direction-Giving Phones Could Make Us Lose Our Way  —  For most people — the cab driver, the tourist, the business traveler — the ubiquitous GPS has become a lifeline, giving directions to the nearest bathroom, a pizza joint or the shortest route to the office.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Xohm WiMAX to go live in September, says Sprint CTO  —  Now we know.  After weeks of speculation as to when Xohm, the WiMAX business unit of Sprint Nextel, would launch commercial services, Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president of Xohm, finally named the month (if not the day).
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘New York Times’ goes social with TimesPeople  —  CNET's Caroline McCarthy interviews two  —  software engineers for a video in collaboration with  —  (Credit:  —  The New York Times has added a new feature to its Web site that takes a few cues …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft looks to nab Yahoo workers  —  Having failed to buy all of Yahoo, or even its search business, Microsoft is now looking to take an even more piecemeal approach—hire its workers.  —  The company took out an ad in the San Jose Mercury News touting the fact that it has search jobs available in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: BoomTown
Samsung's Digital World:
Samsung Announces Mass Production of the World's Highest Capacity Hard Drive for Mainstream Laptops  —  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today the mass production of the world's highest capacity hard drive for laptops …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why GTA IV Was the Beginning of the End  —  I think it's safe to say that the era of next-gen gaming as a driving force is over.  Why?  As of the week ending June 7th (the most recent tally available), just over 9 million copies of the highly touted Grand Theft Auto IV had been sold worldwide …
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone and App Store Attracting Developers  —  MercuryNews reports on how the iPhone and upcoming App Store are attracting many developers to Apple's mobile platform.  Loopt's cofounder, Sam Altman, describes how he's seen an excitement amongst mobile developers:
Discussion: PC World
Josh Lowensohn /
Quikmaps does what Google Maps failed to do  —  When Google launched its MyMaps feature last year I was pretty excited about the potential for creating things with it.  Growing up in a house that required giving very complex directions because Mapquest would deliver people to the other end …
Discussion: Lifehacker and Search Engine Land
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David Sarno / Web Scout:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Download Squad
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Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Reuters and MarketingShift
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Sainsbury's customers starve as servers melt down
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
An Irregular experience with Oracle
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, Engadget HD and Gizmodo
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
Pondering Apple in a post-Jobs world
Discussion: Andy Patrizio
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
An Apple exodus due to low salaries?
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Kid Rock boycotts iTunes over pay
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is LinkedIn Worth $1 Billion?