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2:10 PM ET, June 18, 2008

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reddit:
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 …
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Reddit Tries To Compete the Open-Source Way
In Pursuit of Mysteries:
IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3  —  14678 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.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The cake is a lie: IE team bakes a treat for Mozilla  —  In honor of today's Firefox 3 release, Microsoft's Internet Explorer team gave a cake to Mozilla.  The tasty treat, which prominently displays IE's blue “e” icon, just arrived here at Mozilla headquarters in Mountain View.
Discussion: Channel 9 and Digg
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Sweet plugin: Microsoft Cake 2.0 for Firefox 3
Discussion: Startup Meme
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Firefox Reaches Its Goal Despite Site Problems  —  When the final version of Firefox 3 became available yesterday, it seemed they were going to have a hard time reaching their goal of five million downloads - an arbitrary number, since the record for most software downloads in 24 hours didn't exist before …
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CNET News.com:
Statistics show Firefox 3 spreading fast  —  spreading fast  —  Less than 24 hours after its release, the open-source browser has already beaten out Opera, with more than 7 million copies downloaded.  —  • Mozilla blows big Firefox 3 debut?  Relax  —  • Hot topic: Firefox 3
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
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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Verizon:
Verizon Extends Groundbreaking 50/20 Mbps FiOS Internet Service to Entire FiOS Footprint  —  Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl Announces Groundbreaking 50/20 and 20/20 Mbps FiOS Internet Services Will Be Available to More Than 10 Million Homes and Small Businesses
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Karl / DSLreports:
50Mbps, 20/20Mbps FiOS Tiers Hit All Markets …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘New York Times’ goes social with TimesPeople  —  CNET News.com's Caroline McCarthy interviews two NYTimes.com  —  software engineers for a video in collaboration with Beet.tv.  —  (Credit: Beet.tv)  —  The New York Times has added a new feature to its Web site that takes a few cues …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Launches New Social Platform for Times Readers
Discussion: Homotron.net
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and The Social Times
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Devin Leonard / Fortune:
YouTube goes long
Discussion: CNET News.com
telecoms.com:
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).
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Matthew Broersma / Computerworld:
Amsterdam switches on Europe's first mobile WiMax network
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.
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Kid Rock boycotts iTunes over pay  —  US music star Kid Rock is refusing to put his albums on iTunes because he says artists do not get paid enough for downloads from the Apple store.  —  Kid Rock is one of the last few acts not fully signed up to the service.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Investing Site Covestor Is Now Open to the Public  —  Covestor, a social investing site where people share the performance of their real stock portfolios, came out of private beta this morning.  Now anyone can join, and it is welcoming voyeurs who only want to watch other's performance but not share their own.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
An Apple exodus due to low salaries?  —  Apparently, Apple engineers get paid less than their Silicon Valley peers.  Some are speculating that Apple will need to cough up more cash or face a rash of defections.  —  I doubt it.  —  For one thing, Apple's engineers also get stock.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Stewart Butterfield's bizarre resignation letter to Yahoo  —  Stewart Butterfield, the cantankerous cofounder of Flickr, has, as we've noted, tendered his resignation to Yahoo, as has wife and cofounder Caterina Fake.  The two recently celebrated, along with Flickr's other original employees …
 
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James Sherwood / The Register:
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Stuart Elliott / NYT:
TV Decoder: Traditional Media Not Dead Yet
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Michael Kwan / Mobile Magazine Online:
Activate Your Apple iPhone 3G From Home
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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
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Electronista:
WD MyBook Mirror offers doubled backups
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Movie theaters join fight against MPAA's anti-DVR initiative
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
This Is The New EMI? …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
IBM wins supercomputing bakeoff; Playstation chips rule; Intel dominates HPC
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OurSignal: Mashup of Digg, Reddit, Delicious and HackerNews
Agence France Presse:
China in anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft
Daniel Langendorf / ReadWriteWeb:
The Coming World of Mobile Sensors
John Chan / CNET News.com:
Experiencing Google's Android