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9:55 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!
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.
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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
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:
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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
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
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Senators Not Thrilled About Laptop Searches At The Border
Discussion: Inquirer
InfoWorld:
Senators question border laptop searches
Discussion: Lockergnome
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) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Issues Letter Defending Google Deal: No Free Milk For Microsoft  —  In a letter to shareholders that reminds me of the saying “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,” Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang explain why it chose a search deal with Google over Microsoft.
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Microsoft's Yahoo strategy: Betting on Yang
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
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 …
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA  —  One of the most closely-watched file-sharing cases is a step closer to an end.  A federal judge has awarded exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen $107,834 in attorneys' fees, a figure that isn't exactly what either party wanted.
Discussion: Threat Level, p2pnet and hypebot
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 …
Tom Simonite / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Dual-display e-book reader lets you flip pages naturally  —  E-book readers like the Kindle may be getting better, but still fall short of the usability of paper books.  You can't turn or flip through pages, or compare different documents as you would with paper.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
 
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Daniel Berninger / GigaOM:
Telerupted: Twilight for Telephone Networks
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Forrester Research is hiring …
Discussion: deal architect
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Microsoft: The Windows-based PC is the largest gaming platform in the world
Discussion: The Tech Report
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace partners with NBC, MSNBC for political convention contest
Discussion: Beet.TV and TechCrunch
Associated Press:
Sony outlines growth strategy
Discussion: VentureBeat
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?
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
LG Dare, Verizon's Most Daring Phone Yet: Impressions, Video Walkthrough and Gallery
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hosting Firm Atlantic.net Goes Down, Ignores Clients
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
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Microsoft, Google And Others Agree To Electronic Health Records Standard
louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets. Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.
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