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9:45 PM ET, June 21, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Trends For Websites Rocks, Unless You Want Data On Google  —  The new Google Trends product that measures website traffic (the old product simply measures search queries) is a great way to get data on website traffic.  It may not be perfect, but it's yet another data source …
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
MySpace versus Facebook: Analysis of both traffic and ad revenue, using Google Trends  —  (above, Facebook beating MySpace in Australia with the crossover at Oct 07)  —  MySpace versus Facebook  —  As some of you know, I've previously written about the MySpace versus Facebook topic, both a year ago in the post Wanna bet?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Facebook's Overseas Growth Matter?  —  Earlier this month, I shared with you my post that called for a big wake-up call for Social Networking sector, thanks to the presence of too many me-too players at a time when recent traffic trends are showing signs of hitting a plateau.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Blows Past MySpace In Global Visitors For May
Discussion: Webware.com, HipMojo.com and AppScout
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Surviving the Net  —  Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl or other URL shortener) controls the high ground in the battle for the Internet platform.  Here's why: Our brains are wired to protect ourselves from threats to our food, oxygen, and water sources.  Most attacks on our supply chains come …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Says It Doesn't Need Evidence to Convict Pirates  —  Threat Level reports that the MPAA now argues that it has the right to demand up to $150,000 in damages per illegally downloaded file, without having to proof that someone actually downloaded that file.  —  Yes we know, this doesn't make sense at all.
Discussion: Zeropaid File Sharing … and Digg
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Says No Proof Needed in P2P Copyright Infringement Lawsuits  —  The Motion Picture Association of America said Friday intellectual-property holders should have the right to collect damages, perhaps as much as $150,000 per copyright violation, without having to prove infringement.
Michael Hirschorn / New York Times:
Success Story 2  —  Great paradigm-shifting narratives — entrepreneurs seeing clarity where others saw only fog — often have a feeling of manifest destiny about them.  What's striking about David A. Price's history of Pixar, the computer animation studio behind “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Where In The World Is Jerry Yang?  —  People have been wondering about Jerry Yang all week.  He's been quiet since the NYTimes article calling for his head was published last weekend.  —  This isn't an issue of him simply being out of town.  He was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday meeting …
Discussion: Forbes
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Evolution of Gmail chat  —  Often, the features we launch seem so simple that you might think they're the result of blatantly obvious design decisions.  In fact, every feature is subjected to a healthy dose of scrutiny within the Gmail team, and usually that includes rapidly iterating …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
May Search Market Share Update: Crowd Sourcing Works!  —  See I told you we wouldn't stop!  As it turns out people are paying attention to this search share stuff.  On Monday we released our May Search Share numbers.  As a result of some conversations we were having with Danny Sullivan …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Mmpc / Microsoft® Malware Protection Center:
Taterf - all your drives are belong to me!!!1!one!  —  As you all probably know by now, this month in MSRT was a very significant release for Gamers everywhere with the addition of a variety of password stealers directly targeting Online games.  The main targets are mostly based in Eastern Asia …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Hardware 2.0
Waxy.org:
Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture  —  With its vibrant oversized photographs and minimalist design, the Boston Globe's The Big Picture weblog launched on June 1 to instant global acclaim.  It's designed, programmed, and written by Alan Taylor …
 
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Jerry / The Secret Diary of [Steve Jobs] Jerry Yang:
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Sponsorship: Monetization's Dark Horse
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
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Jonathan Soble / Financial Times:
Malone gives poor reception to free online TV
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Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
NebuAd hires like spyware, acts like spyware
 Earlier Items: 
Guardian:
Yahoo turmoil continues with loss of more executives
confused of calcutta:
“It's some guy in North Carolina singing your songs”
Jonathan Simon / Official Google Webmaster …:
Get Cooking with the Webmaster Tools API
Charlie / Nokia Conversations:
Product leaks just lead to trouble & headaches for all
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Dear Yahoo, I Quit! Signed, [Your Name Here]
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Microsoft without Gates