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9:25 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: Beyond Search
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.
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.
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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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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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
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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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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
New Profile Design Update, and New Metrics  —  As you may have seen on the Facebook Profiles Preview Page last week, we're launching the new profile design in July.  We've been going over all the feedback we've received from our developers as well as our users, and have been incorporating some of the valuable feedback into our design.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Rainbow-colored Results for “Gay”
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson, the brains behind Bluetooth™, unveils three …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Magazine:
Video Of Garmin Nuvifone In Action
Gamasutra:
Spector: ‘One Hundred Hour Games Are On The Way Out’
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Massive layoffs at pop-up advertiser Zango
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Javelin struts its stuff on video
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Center'd marries local search to event listings and planning
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
U.S. Will Lag in Tech Growth, Study Says
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘Oldest’ computer music unveiled
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Compete: Google Keeps Stomping The Others In Search Traffic
Discussion: Compete Blog and WebProNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Boardroom Brawl?
Umair Haque:
A Manifesto for the Next Industrial Revolution
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Discussion: New York Times