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11:00 AM ET, June 26, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Did Facebook Shut Down Slide's Top Friends?  How Very MySpace Of Them  —  MySpace used to be notorious for simply banning third party widgets that didn't play nice ("not playing nice" generally meant any kind of advertisements in the widgets, but it was very arbitrary).  Those days are long gone.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Facebook suspends app that permitted peephole  —  Vancouver-based computer technician Byron Ng, who likes to prod social networks for holes and other errors, stumbled across a way to learn more about Facebook users than you're supposed to be able to—prompting Facebook to suspend the Top Friends application late on Wednesday.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Top Friends Vanishes From Facebook Platform
Discussion: Mashable!
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Dell Dock Puts a Little Mac OS X Into Vista Studio Laptops  —  Dell's Studio Laptops will be getting a little touch of the Mac OS when they ship, thanks to the Dell Dock, a launcher that cleans up the Vista desktop in the most charming, albeit derivative, way.  Below you can see “Before” and “After” images of the cleanup:
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Ubergizmo
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dell gets “official” with colorful Studio 15 and Studio 17 laptop lines
Discussion: Crave, BetaNews and Tech Blog
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Intel stays behind the curve ... again  —  The Inquirer is making a big fuss over Intel's decision to continue using Windows XP instead of migrating to Windows Vista.  A stunning rebuke, obviously, leading to a rousing chorus of “I told you so.”  —  Except that there's nothing new here.
Discussion: Lockergnome
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Et Tu, Intel?  Chip Giant Won't Embrace Microsoft's Windows Vista  —  Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
itmanagement.earthweb.com:
The Mouse Is Dead  —  You're probably using a mouse today, but you may never buy one again.  All the planets are aligning against this humble pointing device.  —  The computer mouse has long been associated with the PC, but in fact it was invented during the Kennedy administration (in 1963) …
Austin Bogues / New York Times:
Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing  —  WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups and some legal experts told Congress on Wednesday that it was unreasonable for federal officials to search the laptops of United States citizens when they re-enter the country from traveling abroad.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Know It All
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Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Google's multi-million dollar welcome to new CFO  —  Google finally named a replacement for its outgoing chief financial officer, George Reyes.  He is Patrick Pichette who comes to the search juggernaut after seven years at Bell Canada.  —  So how do you make a new top executive feel at home …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's PS3 movie download service rolling out Stateside this summer  —  Sony just released a rambling update to it corporate strategy through fiscal year 2010.  An interesting read for fans and competitors alike as Sony lays bare initiatives intent on moving Sony from recovery to the …
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Associated Press:
Sony outlines growth strategy
Discussion: VentureBeat and Guardian Unlimited
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Joss Stone: Piracy is Brilliant, Music Should be Shared  —  Joss Stone, who won a Grammy last year, loves music, but hates the the music industry.  In a recent interview she said that - unlike herself - most artists are brainwashed by the industry, and she encouraged people to share her music.
Discussion: Mashable!, p2pnet, Changing Way and Digg
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Women With Long Fingernails, Fat Fingers Complain About iPhone  —  IPhone just not cutting it for those with manicures, fat fingers  —  Apple Inc. has seen some wild complaints, from iFires to widespread outrage over its locking policies.  But complaints about manicures and chubby fingers?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Xobni Gets Even Better With LinkedIn Data For Your Contacts  —  Xobni, the email startup that we've described as “The Superplugin for Outlook”, has partnered with LinkedIn to automatically pull contact information from the popular professional network.  Xobni will now draw from public profiles …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
This Fall's TV Shows: Now on P2P Networks  —  This summer's TV season has barely started, but net-savvy TV fans are already downloading pilots of shows slated to premiere this fall.  A whole bunch of pilots have found their way onto torrent sites in recent days, and file sharers …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could Microsoft Get Control of Yahoo Without Buying It Whole?  Investors Think So.  —  So when will Microsoft and Yahoo really start talking again?  —  Much sooner than later, if investors have their way.  —  While the pair have not had any substantive new talks as yet, despite reports they had …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Winklevosses AboutFacebooked!  —  Ah, the Winklevosses!  —  They lost.  —  In court, I mean, not in rowing!  —  But I am sad to say BoomTown is deeply uninterested in the long-running legal struggle between Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the hot social networking site …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Web Domains Could Expand Broadly Under New Plan  —  The organization that oversees Internet addresses is expected Thursday to approve a proposal to create an unlimited number of so-called top-level domains — the familiar suffixes like “.com” at the end of Web addresses.
 
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Research in Motion:
Research In Motion Reports First Quarter Results
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Chrysler to turn vehicles into wireless hotspots
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Legal, British P2P ‘by end of year’
Discussion: p2pnet
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
RocketOn Layers A Virtual World Onto The Web
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microsoft's big switch to server/client computing
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Forrester Research is hiring …
Discussion: deal architect
Tom Simonite / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Dual-display e-book reader lets you flip pages naturally
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace partners with NBC, MSNBC for political convention contest
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
CREATING “BLUE MONSTERS”
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Instinctiv Shuffle aims to serve up intelligent mood music from you iPhone
Discussion: Mashable!, innonate and TechCrunch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Do You Really Want Your Car To Be A Rolling WiFi Hotspot?
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
Discussion: Threat Level, p2pnet and hypebot
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure
Discussion: Digg
CNN:
Telefonica Gets 300,000 Pre-orders For 3G iPhone In Spain, UK
louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets. Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions
 

 
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