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11:40 AM ET, June 18, 2008


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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
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 …
Brent Csutoras:
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
In Pursuit of Mysteries:
IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3  —  4699 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.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Lockergnome and Gizmodo
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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 …
Discussion: Web Scout, TechBlog and
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.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Grabs Navic, Stalks Google TV
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
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: Engadget and Gizmodo
Karl / DSLreports:
50Mbps, 20/20Mbps FiOS Tiers Hit All Markets …
Discussion: Electronista
Microsoft unaware of reported China investigation  —  Microsoft said it is unaware of an investigation into whether the company unfairly dominates China's software market as reported by the country's state media on Wednesday.  —  “Microsoft is unaware of any investigation but is always willing …
Discussion: Slashdot
Agence France Presse:
China in anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft
Discussion: All about Microsoft and WinBeta
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
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 …
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
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Hands-free laws a boon for Bluetooth  —  A flurry of new state laws making it illegal for people to drive while holding a cell phone is expected to be a bonanza for Bluetooth, a wireless technology that lets devices communicate with each other.  —  Connecticut, New Jersey and New York …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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 …
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
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Nick Gebhardt / WMExperts:
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
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Ian Youngs / BBC:
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