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10:30 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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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: broadstuff and Beyond Search
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 …
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In Pursuit of Mysteries:
IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3  —  4699 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.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Lockergnome and Gizmodo
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:   Sweet plugin: Microsoft Cake 2.0 for Firefox 3
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Digg this: Reddit goes open source  —  In the arena of crowd voting sites there is Digg and then there is everyone else.  Every once in a while a challenger will come up that looks promising, but it fades away.  —  For a while that was Netscape (now called Propeller), then it was Mixx …
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.
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 and paidContent.org
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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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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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: TechBlog and Netcraft
InfoWorld:
Google's App Engine breaks down  —  Google's application-hosting service suffered an outage on Tuesday, highlighting one of the downsides of the new cloud computing services.  —  Between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. West Coast time and again later in the day, a significant percentage of users trying …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Goes Down and Stays Down
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and GottaBeMobile
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Irony: If Google Can't Reach Your Robots.txt File, It Might Not List Your Site  —  I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable this morning that Google said if your robots.txt is unreachable, your site might not make it into the Google index.  By unreachable, Google means that if your server simply times …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
New York Times goes social with TimesPeople  —  The New York Times has added a new feature to its Web site that takes a few cues from Facebook and Digg: TimesPeople, now in beta.  It's an application that takes a few cues from Facebook and Digg: users build up friends lists and can see a …
Discussion: Beet.TV
Chris Williams / The Register:
Phorm failed to mention ‘illegal’ trials at Home Office meeting in 2007  —  Just fancy that!  —  Exclusive The Home Office held a private meeting with Phorm in August last year, but BT's interception and profiling partner did not disclose that it had completed an allegedly illegal trial …
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA Defends Refiling Contested Piracy Case With New Judge
Discussion: DailyTech and p2pnet
Wall Street Journal:
Spielberg, India Firm Near Deal to Ally With DreamWorks
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Third Tuesday Vancouver: Social Media for Social Change (Guest Post)
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Connecting The Dots Of The Web Revolution
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM wins supercomputing bakeoff; Playstation chips rule; Intel dominates HPC
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Skills shortage hits games firms
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OurSignal: Mashup of Digg, Reddit, Delicious and HackerNews
Agence France Presse:
China in anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft
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Rumor: China Unicom Will Introduce iPhone In August
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Gamasutra:
Spector: ‘One Hundred Hour Games Are On The Way Out’
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
New Profile Design Update, and New Metrics
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Center'd marries local search to event listings and planning
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled
 

 
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