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2:45 PM ET, June 26, 2008

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BBC:
Internet overhaul wins approval  —  A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris.  —  The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called “top-level” domain names, such as .com or .uk.
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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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Judge Ends Facebook's Feud With ConnectU  —  Facebook has finally has closed the book on its long-running, multi-front legal battle with rival college social network ConnectU — but not before a new question was raised about Facebook's supposed $15 billion valuation.
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Claire Hoffman / Rolling Stone:   The Battle For Facebook  —  Mark Zuckerberg launched …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Yahoo's Reorg: Dietzen Is Garlinghouse Replacement  —  As BoomTown reported last night, the Yahoo reorg will be unveiled later this morning, with the slate of execs that this column outlined last week in its gory-oops, I mean, glorious-detail.  —  Sources said a more substantial …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Realignment to Support Core Strategies  —  Centralizes Audience Product Development; Forms New U.S. Region;  —  Realigns Technology Organization  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company …
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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Matthew Panton / Crave: The gadget blog:
Movies and TV shows coming to the PS3 this summer  —  Sony has just confirmed the rumor we all heard back in April: video downloads will be available on the PS3 this summer.  Details right now are scarce, but we do know the service will first be rolled out in the United States, followed by Japan and Europe later in the year.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Sony's Big Plan: Video Downloads Everywhere, From PS3 To TVs To MP3 Players
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:   Sony's claim for living room supremacy: PS3 video downloads
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Sony Outlines Strategy for Growth In TV, Videogame Businesses
Discussion: Digital Daily and TechConsumer
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
Discussion: Valleywag
IDG News Service:
Sony Previews ‘Life With PlayStation’  —  Sony is preparing a non-game service for its PlayStation 3 console that at first glance is similar to one available on Nintendo's Wii.  —  Called “Life with PlayStation,” the service will launch with news and weather information channels but is set …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Orders Lots More iPhones; More iPods, Macs (AAPL)  —  Last time FBR Research analyst Craig Berger checked in with Apple's suppliers, he reported that Apple had slightly cut its iPhone build orders, and could cut them again.  —  Good news: Now he says Apple has revised those orders …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Opens Up The Data Pipe With Full Launch Of Data Availability  —  MySpace was the first of the Big Three to announce tools for third party sites to integrate MySpace user data into their services (called, collectively, Data Availability).  A day later Facebook announced Facebook Connect …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft tries to go where VMware isn't  —  In Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner is wary of building a baseball diamond on his farm, which is already near foreclosure.  But a voice tells him, “If you build it, they will come.”  —  Microsoft has the same vision for its virtualization technology.
Discussion: Forbes and Microsoft Watch
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.
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.
 
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Brian Heater / Gearlog:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Continues to Destroy All Competitors in Declining Video Market
Discussion: WebProNews
Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal:
Chrysler Vehicles to Offer Wi-Fi
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Calendar Phishing
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft updates its Windows roadmap: XP, Vista, and 7
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Xobni, Xoopit, Gmail Labs: Inbox Addons Are Getting Hot
Discussion: eWeek
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant message service Meebo sees traffic from its embedded chat rooms on Facebook
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Retrevo + PC World = Millions of new users
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Zero-day flaw haunts Internet Explorer
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sorry, Ask.com — I Still Don't Think You're Focused On Core Search
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Inventor of the Internet takes aim at BitTorrent
Discussion: Slyck and GigaOM
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could Microsoft Get Control of Yahoo Without Buying It Whole?
Austin Bogues / New York Times:
Laptop Searches in Airports Draw Fire at Senate Hearing
 

 
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