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6:50 PM ET, June 18, 2008


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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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will Indie Movies Crush YouTube? No.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
YouTube goes long
Greg Sandoval /   Could YouTube become hub for feature films and TV shows?
John's Blog:
Firefox 3's First 24 Hours  —  It's been a very busy 24 hours for Mozilla folks around the world — as our 24 hour initial period draws to a close, I wanted to put a few things into perspective.  This is the first post of what will no doubt be many analysis posts, so here are a few things …
RELATED:   Browser Wars Escalate with New Firefox 3 and New Opera 9.5
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Firefox 3 downloads clear 8 million mark
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
Discussion: Brent Csutoras
Tech-On! : tech news:
Survey: 91% of Japanese Will Not Buy ‘iPhone’  —  According to a survey by iSHARE, 91.0% of Japanese mobile phone users are not planning to purchase Apple Inc's “iPhone” mobile phone.  —  This research was conducted in the wake of the announcement by SoftBank Mobile Corp that it will release the iPhone in Japan (See related article).
Study: 91% of Japanese don't want iPhone 3G
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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.
This Is London:
Discussion: Industry Standard
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Learning from Flickr's Co-founders on Their Way Out of Yahoo
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft looks to nab Yahoo workers  —  Having failed to buy all of Yahoo, or even its search business, Microsoft is now looking to take an even more piecemeal approach—hire its workers.  —  The company took out an ad in the San Jose Mercury News touting the fact that it has search jobs available in Silicon Valley.
Discussion: BoomTown
Josh Lowensohn /
Quikmaps does what Google Maps failed to do  —  When Google launched its MyMaps feature last year I was pretty excited about the potential for creating things with it.  Growing up in a house that required giving very complex directions because Mapquest would deliver people to the other end …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Lifehacker
In Pursuit of Mysteries:
IE Sends Mozilla a New Cake for Firefox 3  —  20668 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.
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).
SHARP ANNOUNCES U.S. AVAILABILITY OF 108-INCH LCD MONITOR FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS  —  Dramatic expansion in the range of LCD screen class sizes  —  Sharp, a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology, announces the September U.S. availability of the world's largest commercially available LCD Monitor.
Discussion: Crave, Engadget and Engadget HD
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
Pondering Apple in a post-Jobs world  —  Before all of you start sending nastygrams my way about how tasteless and premature this blog post is, let me just say upfront I agonized about whether or not it should even be written in the first place, and my industry colleagues I consulted about it told …
Discussion: Andy Patrizio
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