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12:40 PM 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 …
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  —  It is not easy being No.2.  As we hinted yesterday, Reddit, the news voting site that was bought by Conde Nast in 2006, is making the code behind its site open source.  (The code can be found here).  That means anyone can now make their own Digg-like site.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Build Your Own Reddit With Reddit
Discussion: The Social Web and Brent Csutoras
Caroline McCarthy /   Conde Nast's Reddit goes open-source
Brent Csutoras:
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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 …
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The cake is a lie: IE team bakes a treat for Mozilla
Discussion: Channel 9 and Digg
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:   Sweet plugin: Microsoft Cake 2.0 for Firefox 3
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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo
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, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Karl / DSLreports:
50Mbps, 20/20Mbps FiOS Tiers Hit All Markets …
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Needham analyst predicts 30 million iPhone sales in 2009  —  Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf this morning raised his firm's target price on Apple stock to $240 (from $235), predicting Apple will sell near 30 million iPhones next year.  —  In an extensive briefing despatched to clients this morning …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   iPhones Could Drive a Third of Apple's Revenue Next Year
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
Agence France Presse:
China in anti-monopoly probe of Microsoft  —  BEIJING (AFP) - China has begun an anti-monopoly investigation into US giant Microsoft and several other global software firms, the country's intellectual property watchdog said Wednesday.  —  The development comes with Microsoft already embroiled …
Discussion: All about Microsoft and WinBeta
Microsoft unaware of reported China investigation
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
OurSignal: Mashup of Digg, Reddit, Delicious and HackerNews  —  OurSignal is the latest site from the makers of CushyCMS, designed to bring you the freshest and most popular news from across the Web.  It's a mashup of several social bookmarking sites focused on news, including reddit, digg, delicious and hackernews.
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Nokia to launch advertising ‘ad labs’  —  Nokia is to open a series of “Ad Labs” to train traditional advertising agency staff in the “black art” of mobile advertising in a bid to more rapidly unlock the potential of the nascent £1bn sector.  —  The mobile phone producer's new Ad Labs …
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 …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
This Is The New EMI? …
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