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9:00 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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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Top Friends Vanishes From Facebook Platform
Discussion: Mashable!
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Beware those fun Facebook apps
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
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
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) …
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.
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: p2pnet and hypebot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Do you need to be a programmer to run a software company?  —  The parade of articles and blog posts on Bill Gates' legacy continue to roll out as Gates' last day as a full-time employee (June 27) rapidly approaches.  —  Joel Spolsky, the CEO of Fog Creek Software — and a one-time member …
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Joel Spolsky / Inc.com:
How Hard Could it Be?: Glory Days
louisgray.com:
Smart People, Stupid Tweets.  Fake News Spreads Fast on Twitter.  —  The combination of a rush to publish and a low barrier to entry for microblogging makes posting quick notes to Twitter extremely tempting for people who are trying to break news.  In seconds, a rumor can be launched, whether true or not, and hit thousands.
CNN:
Telefonica Gets 300,000 Pre-orders For 3G iPhone In Spain, UK  —  ZARAGOZA -(Dow Jones)- Telefonica SA (TEF) has received 300,000 pre registrations in the U.K. and Spain to buy Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) new third- generation iPhone, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
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 …
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 and Digg
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 …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure  —  There are over a dozen people working at our fair Gizmodo, but as a Windows user, I'm in a definite minority.  I still rock XP, and I'm pretty happy with that.  Why haven't I switched to Macs?  Plenty of reasons, not least of which being that I'm just too smart to switch to a Mac.
Discussion: Digg
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple memo coaches employees on iPhone 3G launch questions  —  Apple Inc. is distributing to its retail and sales personnel an internal iPhone 3G Frequently Asked Questions document which implies that first-day sales and activation procedures are still being ironed out.
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?
 
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Dual-display e-book reader lets you flip pages naturally
Discussion: Gizmodo, Slashdot and Digg
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Dell Dock Puts a Little Mac OS X Into Vista Studio Laptops
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! and TechCrunch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Do You Really Want Your Car To Be A Rolling WiFi Hotspot?
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
LG Dare, Verizon's Most Daring Phone Yet: Impressions, Video Walkthrough and Gallery
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
ISP backs off behavioral ad plan
Will / Mixx Blog:
Introducing Mixx Communities!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hosting Firm Atlantic.net Goes Down, Ignores Clients
Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
Microsoft, Google And Others Agree To Electronic Health Records Standard
Associated Press:
Expanding the Internet Well Beyond .com
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Acquires Fabric.com
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Secure data wipe built into iPhone Software v2.0
 

 
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Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
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The failed ebook experiment at Canadian newspapers

 
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