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11:10 AM ET, June 18, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Open Sources
Brent Csutoras:
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
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.
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Microsoft Buys Navic for TV Push  —  Software giant makes ‘commitment to emerging media’  —  CANNES, FRANCE Shaking off the sting of its collapsed deal with Yahoo!, Microsoft bought addressable TV player Navic Networks in a deal that will extend its ad platform to television.
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft steps big into TV ad world
Discussion: Startup Meme and
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 …
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:   Sweet plugin: Microsoft Cake 2.0 for Firefox 3
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.
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 …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog and WebProNews
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: CNET and TechBlog
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
Discussion: Gizmodo
Karl / DSLreports:
50Mbps, 20/20Mbps FiOS Tiers Hit All Markets …
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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 and broadstuff
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 …
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.
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: and GottaBeMobile
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
New York Times goes social with TimesPeople  —  CNET's Caroline McCarthy, interviews two software engineers for a video.  —  (Credit:  —  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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, and Boing Boing
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint: Samsung Instinct Will Be Cheap $129  —  Tags:  —  Instinct, Samsung  —  Sprint's iPhone competitor, the Samsung Instinct, will be a mere $129.99 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate when it goes on sale on June 20.  —  The Instinct was originally rumored to cost $299.99 …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Electronista
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
iPhones Could Drive a Third of Apple's Revenue Next Year
Wine open source emulation software pops its cork
Discussion: PC World and Download Squad
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Kid Rock boycotts iTunes over pay
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Connecting The Dots Of The Web Revolution
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Skills shortage hits games firms
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OurSignal: Mashup of Digg, Reddit, Delicious and HackerNews
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 review
Agence France Presse:
China in anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Rainbow-colored Results for “Gay”
John Chan / CNET
Experiencing Google's Android
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
New Profile Design Update, and New Metrics
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Skype 4.0 Beta: It's All About Video