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12:00 PM ET, June 19, 2008

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Tom Neumayr / Apple:
iTunes Store Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold  —  Apple Renting & Selling Over 50,000 Movies Per Day  —  Apple® today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded over five billion songs from the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). iTunes is the number one music retailer …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Apple's iTunes hits 5 billion mark  —  The path to world domination is paved in round numbers, especially big ones like this: 5 billion.  —  That's the number of songs that have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store, Apple said Thursday.  (Actually, for the record, the press release says “over 5 billion.")
Discussion: Infinite Loop, TG Daily and AppScout
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Mail hopes to lure users with ‘ymail.com’  —  Yahoo Mail, the top provider of Web-based e-mail, is letting users sign up with the ymail.com and rocketmail.com domains in an attempt to attract new users and keep existing ones loyal.  —  The move is geared to help people find a better e-mail address …
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Ymail And Rocketmail?  Sorry, Yahoo, But That's Not Enough to Thwart Gmail  —  At 12 PDT today Yahoo will for the first time start offering free e-mail accounts under two new domains: ymail and rocketmail.  Both ymail.com and rocketmail.com already lead to the Yahoo Mail landing page …
Discussion: TechBlog and Pulse 2.0
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Who's Next to Go at Yahoo as Reorg Looms?  —  My special BoomTown Yahoo tip inbox is is filling up fast this week from Yahoo employees-who, by the way, seem to like to use Gmail as their secret one-all buzzing about the next shoe to drop.  —  That clodhopper would be, of course …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Jack Schofield / Guardian:   Can Yang survive at the top of Yahoo?
Christina Holsberry / Facebook Blog:
Welcome to Facebook, homeschoolers  —  Back in September 2006, we decided to open up Facebook to everyone.  Well, almost everyone.  —  We realized Facebook would be most useful if more people were allowed to join, but we also weren't willing to compromise the security of the site by removing …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Friendster's growth in Asia could make it the top social network in the world, once again  —  In the current international land-grab among leading social networks, Facebook is overtaking MySpace as the largest social network in the world.  But there's a big caveat — Asia …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Startup Meme
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook in France: Bonne chance
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social Times
Zero Day Initiative / DVLabs:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Vulnerability  —  A number of people who monitor our Zero Day Initiative's Upcoming Advisories page noticed yesterday that we reported a vulnerability to Mozilla (ZDI-CAN-349).  Taking into account the coincidental timing of the Firefox 3. release, many are asking us …
Jesse Stay / Stay N\' Alive:
Developers Bailing on Twitter … I've been following various development mailing lists lately, and I'm seeing a trend of developers starting to bail on Twitter.  This is a scary thought, because when the developers bail, so will the users.  It all started with a conversation …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tracking Former Yahoo Execs - Where Are They Now?  —  Out of pure curiosity we started tracking Yahoo execs who've left the company since January 2007.  It's hard to believe, but at least fifty of them have bailed out in the last year and a half.  —  Some went to work for Google.  Others went to startups.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Kevin Fitchard / Telecom News from TELEPHONY Magazine:
NXTcomm08: Sprint to turn up Baltimore WiMAX network in September  —  Delayed throughout the year, 4G network nears readiness for launch, CEO says  —  LAS VEGAS—Sprint will commercially launch its first WiMAX market in September in Baltimore and turn up service in its two other trial markets …
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and Phone Scoop
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft does 180, will continue to support MSN Music DRM  —  Microsoft has reversed its decision to pull the plug on MSN Music's authorization servers, according to an e-mail sent out to customers this afternoon.  Customers who bought music from the now-defunct service will now be able …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Internet-a-Gogo: Airlines to Offer In-Flight Access  —  Attention, laptop-toting U.S. airline passengers!  You are either about to become much more productive and happy, or to lose one of your last refuges from the digital deluge that afflicts your life.  —  Beginning this summer …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: YouTube Can Generate $500M In 2009 (GOOG)  —  Either Google (GOOG) is figuring out how turn YouTube from money pit into a real business, or it's figured out how to convince everyone else that it's doing so: Estimates for the channel's revenue potential continue to climb.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Between the Lines
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Amazon Getting Ready To Take On PayPal?  —  from the and-would-it-be-effective?  dept  —  Plenty of other companies have tried to take on PayPal and discovered that it was a lot harder than it looked.  Even though there are a lot of folks dissatisfied with PayPal, most attempts to compete with it have fallen flat.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Free music service Qtrax is back with... wait, no it isn't  —  It's been a long time since we've heard from Qtrax, a me-too rebel of the Napster days turned legitimate P2P music download service in a hopeful-but-vaporware kind of way.  The service has had a number of false starts in the last year …
Discussion: hypebot
 
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Semantic search startup TextDigger unearths a business model …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Thunder, touchscreen Motorola on board for Verizon's visual voicemail
Associated Press:
China denies Microsoft monopoly reports
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Your boss shouldn't read your text or e-mail messages without an OK, court says
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Leaving Google  —  How can I accurately summarize such a cardinal set of events?
Discussion: Mashable!
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