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11:50 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
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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IDG News Service:
Sony Previews ‘Life With PlayStation’
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo and UMPC Buzz
Associated Press:
Sony outlines growth strategy
Discussion: VentureBeat and Guardian Unlimited
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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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.
Discussion: Rolling Stone and CrunchGear
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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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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.
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
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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Instant message service Meebo sees traffic from its embedded chat rooms on Facebook  —  Meebo, the company that lets you chat to people across instant message services on its site, and across IM services in chat rooms you can embed on the web, also lets third-party developers build applications …
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?
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Inventor of the Internet takes aim at BitTorrent  —  In the 1960s, Lawrence Roberts invented computer networking via data packets, which led directly to the development of ARPANet and the Internet .  And now Roberts is trying to fix one of the Internet's biggest problems: network overload caused by peer-to-peer file transfers.
Discussion: Slyck and GigaOM
 
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Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Retrevo + PC World = Millions of new users
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Zero-day flaw haunts Internet Explorer
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Orders Lots More iPhones; More iPods, Macs (AAPL)
Discussion: Macsimum News
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sorry, Ask.com — I Still Don't Think You're Focused On Core Search
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade:
ZvBox Demo at CONNECTIONS 2008
Discussion: last100 and Engadget
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
Chrysler to turn vehicles into wireless hotspots
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Legal, British P2P ‘by end of year’
Discussion: p2pnet
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Web Domains Could Expand Broadly Under New Plan
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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could Microsoft Get Control of Yahoo Without Buying It Whole?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace partners with NBC, MSNBC for political convention contest
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
This Fall's TV Shows: Now on P2P Networks
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
Discussion: Threat Level, p2pnet and hypebot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Xobni Gets Even Better With LinkedIn Data For Your Contacts
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