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1:45 PM ET, June 18, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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
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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.
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.
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
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
Verizon Pushes Speed Factor In Expanding Faster Web Service
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
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
Discussion: CNET
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 …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times Launches New Social Platform for Times Readers
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Stuart Elliott / NYT:
TV Decoder: Traditional Media Not Dead Yet
Discussion: MediaFile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo: Flashback To The Good Days
Michael Kwan / Mobile Magazine Online:
Activate Your Apple iPhone 3G From Home
Discussion: Phones Review and InfoWorld
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Photobucket's DNS records hijacked by Turkish hacking group
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
An Apple exodus due to low salaries?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tech Writer Musical Chairs Continues: Slate Snags Salon's Farhad Manjoo
Philip Wong / Crave: The gadget blog:
Aztech's HD-ready wireless streamer
WD MyBook Mirror offers doubled backups
Discussion: Gearlog, TechSpot and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Movie theaters join fight against MPAA's anti-DVR initiative
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
This Is The New EMI? …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint: Samsung Instinct Will Be Cheap $129
Wine open source emulation software pops its cork
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Irony: If Google Can't Reach Your Robots.txt File, It Might Not List Your Site
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
Daniel Langendorf / ReadWriteWeb:
The Coming World of Mobile Sensors