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12:45 PM ET, June 19, 2008

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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 …
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
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
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook in France: Bonne chance
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Social Times
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?
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
China denies Microsoft monopoly reports  —  BEIJING - China's anti-piracy bureau on Thursday denied reports it is investigating possible monopoly behavior of large software companies including Microsoft Corp.  —  China's State Intellectual Property Office said in a notice that it was not conducting …
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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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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bebo: Facebook Redesign's Could Screw Us (TWX)  —  How do you get the army of developers who've made apps for Facebook to go to work for you?  Emulate Facebook.  That's what Bebo, AOL's $850 million baby, did last year when it unveiled a clone of Facebook's own platform.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Social Times
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
I'm Joining Craigslist in July  —  I wasn't really looking for a new job a few months ago when I received an email from Eric Scheide (see Team Bios), the CTO at craigslist.  He mentioned that they were looking for someone with MySQL experience and asked if I knew anyone.  This sort of thing happens all the time.
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM/Sirius: Goldman Cuts Targets, Repeats Sell Ratings
Travis Hudson / Today @ PC World:
Samsung Instinct Touchscreen Cellphone Gets Affordable $129 Price Tag
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
VCs price True Knowledge at £20m pre-money.  Is this the UK's Powerset?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Aims to Hang Up Dish Network Debt
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Amazon Getting Ready To Take On PayPal?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi: YouTube Can Generate $500M In 2009 (GOOG)
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Semantic search startup TextDigger unearths a business model …
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Anatomy of the Enterprise Octopus
 Earlier Items: 
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Free music service Qtrax is back with... wait, no it isn't
Discussion: hypebot
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Thunder, touchscreen Motorola on board for Verizon's visual voicemail
Timothy / Slashdot:
Mac OS X Root Escalation Through AppleScript
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gannett Gets Cozy With Cozi
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Your boss shouldn't read your text or e-mail messages without an OK, court says
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Screening Room Launches
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Want XP on a new Dell? You'll pay up to $50 extra for the aging OS
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