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9:30 PM ET, June 23, 2008


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Five undisclosed features of Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Although Apple is marketing Mac OS X Snow Leopard as an operating system update with “no new features,” under the hood improvements will actually translate into a slew of new enhancements, five of which are described herein.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
Ten Big New Features in Mac OS X Snow Leopard  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  Apple is marketing the idea of there being “no new features” for Snow Leopard and instead promising an overall improvement in how Mac OS X works under the hood, thanks to a diligent code optimization and refactoring cycle discussed in the previous article.
Discussion: One More Thing and MacDailyNews
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
SmugVault - Store everything for next to nothing.  —  SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files - JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 - but to date we haven't been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and WebProNews
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
SmugMug Launches SmugVault Cloud Storage
Wall Street Journal:
Google's Mobile-Handset Plans Are Slowed  —  ‘Android’ Launch Is Being Delayed As Carriers Struggle  —  Google Inc. is learning that changing the cellphone industry isn't easy.  —  The Internet giant and more than 30 partners announced in November a bold plan for a new breed of handsets based …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google to Unveil New Ad-Planning Tool  —  Google is expected to unveil a new ad-planning tool for agencies and marketers at an industry conference on Tuesday.  —  Word that the Internet search giant has something up its sleeve surfaced when the Advertising Research Foundation …
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Offer a Tool To Measure Web Hits
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft  —  Today announced a “global strategic alliance” (also known as a partnership) with Google, introducing a new integration point, Toolkit for Google Data APIs.  The alliance allows developers using's cloud …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Marc Benioff: No more status quo
Discussion: The Register and TechCrunchIT
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Liveblog: Salesforce and Google Announcement
Discussion: VentureBeat and
Darren Waters / BBC:
‘Shake-up’ for internet proposed  —  The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed.  —  The net's regulators will vote on Thursday to decide if the strict rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can be relaxed.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
A Month of Gates #6  —  Today, Bill Gates started his last week as a full-time Microsoft employee.  Oh joy—the online memorials are publishing, and there are going to be zillions by week's end.  And, yes, eWEEK will have its own tribute to America's great geek.  —  I have to ask: Is he employee No. 1 or No. 2?
Discussion: Forbes and Gizmodo
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Are social ads getting too much?  Try “FriendRank”  —  SocialMedia, a San Francisco company trying to find compelling ways to advertise on social networks, is offering advertisers a new product: Something called “FriendRank.”  —  The company scans data about your activities on Facebook …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET   SocialMedia to unveil ‘friendship ranks’
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Pre-paid iPhone 3G customers may pay $600 for handset - report  —  Approximately one out of every ten iPhone 3G buyers are likely to be international pre-paid subscribers who'll find themselves paying in excess of $600 for the touch screen handset, according to a new report.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Preview: CNET's new, improved look  —  The new CNET home page includes a carousel highlighting several stories across News, Reviews, and Downloads, as well as an integrated video player for CNET TV content.  Click on the image for a full view.  —  After more than a dozen years of bringing …
Discussion: VentureBeat and
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Modeling The Real Market Value Of Social Networks  —  Is MySpace worth $3 billion, or $20 billion?  It depends on how you value a user.  —  It's time to start comparing the big global social networks on something other than unique visitors and page views.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A Window on the Cloud  —  Outsourcing compute power is wonderful — until something goes wrong.  Unfortunately, when an Amazon Web Service goes down it's hard to know why, and it's even harder to know how well a particular cloud is performing in the first place.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Papers Facing Worst Year for Ad Revenue  —  For newspapers, the news has swiftly gone from bad to worse.  This year is taking shape as their worst on record, with a double-digit drop in advertising revenue, raising serious questions about the survival of some papers and the solvency of their parent companies.
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