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3:40 AM ET, June 24, 2008


 Top Items: 
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
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: CNET and WebProNews
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: WebProNews and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
At Google, Slow Growth in News Site  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The death of Tim Russert of NBC News this month quickly became a top article on the nation's biggest news sites.  —  The front page of Google News took about an hour to catch up.  —  Google blamed a technical problem …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and
The Macalope:
Those iPhone Suckers  —  On Friday, John Gruber noticed the Macalope's point that iPhone unlocking is in danger of extinction.  —  Today Jason Kottke checks out eBay (if you don't remember what eBay is, ask your parents about it!) and notices iPhones are going for a premium.
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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 …
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
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn and The Strange Case of The Disappearing Market  —  Is LinkedIn worth $1bn?  Yes.  Why?  Because Bain Capital says it is.  The stock is not public, so you and I cannot trade it.  The whole notion of the average punter trading tech stocks (or the average punter's pension fund trading …
Andrew Colley /
Extra storage as students go Gmail  —  GOOGLE has edged out some of the biggest brands in the enterprise IT services market to pick up another major contract win in Australia's education sector.  —  Google partner SMS Management and Technology has emerged as the leading bidder to supply …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
What's Obscene?  Google Could Have an Answer  —  Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards?  —  That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community's tastes and values.
Discussion: Lost Remote
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Evernote's Launches Publicly, Announces Upcoming API  —  Digital life bookmarking tool Evernote emerges from beta for its public launch today, with a few new features I think I'll enjoy.  The first new feature I'm excited about is the new clipper tool, which works more like Twine's bookmarking tool …
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.
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.
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
NVidia says no to request to release open source drivers, once again
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Facebook Seeking Free Labor to Translate and Localize Facebook …
Discussion: Facebook Blog and Mashable!
Todd Spangler / Multichannel News:
Study: 44% Of Internet Traffic Is Peer-to-Peer
Discussion: Ars Technica
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Supreme Court To Investigate If AT&T Is Violating Antitrust Laws …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
XP: Microsoft Does the Right Thing
Discussion: InfoWorld
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
A Month of Gates #6  —  Today, Bill Gates started his last week …
Discussion: Forbes and Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Marc Benioff's mantra: Anything but Microsoft