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3:20 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 …
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  —  The popular video site is experimenting with full-length video to attract more advertisers.  —  (Fortune) — At first glance, “Howard Buttelman, Daredevil Stuntman” appears to be typical YouTube farce.  It's a video about a small town tuxedo salesman who thinks he's the next Evel Knievel.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and CNET News.com
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
Discussion: Computerworld and Channel 9
John / intothefuzz.com:
Let Them Eat Cake  —  This is from the Internet Explorer team...yum.
Discussion: Mozilla Links and 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  —  Firefox 3 is spreading fast, claiming more than 4 percent of the share of Web browser usage less than 24 hours after its release.  —  According to Net Applications, which monitors browser usage at major Web sites, Firefox 3 rapidly ascended …
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!, PDA and The Social Times
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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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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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InfoWorld:
Sprint Nextel to launch WiMax in September
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Guy Hands: The End of EMI And Another Blow To The Music Industry?
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Yahoo: Flashback To The Good Days
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Social Investing Site Covestor Is Now Open to the Public
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Electronista:
WD MyBook Mirror offers doubled backups
Discussion: PC World, Gearlog, TechSpot and Engadget
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OurSignal: Mashup of Digg, Reddit, Delicious and HackerNews
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Stewart Butterfield's bizarre resignation letter to Yahoo
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