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1:26 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.")
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 …
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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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo addresses e-mail concerns with new domains  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. is offering free e-mail accounts under two new designations in an effort to attract Web surfers unhappy with their current addresses.  —  It will be the first time that Yahoo has offered e-mail accounts under umbrellas …
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.
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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.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SocialMedia Pays Out $8 Million To Facebook App Developers  —  SocialMedia, one of the leading advertising platforms for social network applications, announced today that they've paid out over $8 million to developers since the platform's launch last year.  —  The majority of this revenue …
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 …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook in France: Bonne chance
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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 …
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
iPod touch shortages suggest new iTouch in September  —  There are those among you who enjoy constantly pointing out your disappointment with the iPod touch.  There are plenty of iPod touch users out there, this writer included, that are perfectly happy with the device.
Discussion: Moonwatcher
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
iPod touch supplies seeing shortages, changes due by September
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?
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.
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.
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
LiveBlog: What's Wrong with the White Label Social Networking Industry?
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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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Is Amazon Getting Ready To Take On PayPal?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Semantic search startup TextDigger unearths a business model …
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Anatomy of the Enterprise Octopus
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Free music service Qtrax is back with... wait, no it isn't
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint to launch WiMax service in September
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Thunder, touchscreen Motorola on board for Verizon's visual voicemail
Associated Press:
China denies Microsoft monopoly reports
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Microsoft does 180, will continue to support MSN Music DRM
 

 
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