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6:35 AM ET, July 21, 2008


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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Releases New Design  —  Facebook has been testing out the new profile design for the past five months but for the first time ever, they have released the new full site design (pictured below).  You can access the new site by visiting  —  New Homepage
Discussion: Startup Meme
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Redesign Launches - Tour & First Impressions of New Home Page  —  The Facebook redesign is officially launching tonight, though it's not exactly clear to exactly how many users yet.  You can try accessing the new home page at  So far, users from several networks have been able to access it.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   The Friendfeedization Of Facebook
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook gets a facelift to help users share
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon S3 Down  —  Amazon's S3 storage service appears to be down.  CenterNetworks images are broken because of it and I had to move the style sheet back so the site at least renders correctly.  Sites like Twitter have massive broken images currently because Amazon S3 is down.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik launches public beta.  New phones, new carriers and new features abound  —  Live video-streaming site Qik has garnered a lot of buzz for its alpha release.  This is no doubt thanks to prominent bloggers and tech elites that use the service including Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis and Kevin Rose.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Qik gets slick with public beta, new features
Discussion: Beet.TV
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
To Prevent Upskirts, Japanese iPhone 3G Always Alerts When Taking Photos  —  An upskirt warning poster in a subway station outside Tokyo.  Photo by Jeff Epp.  —  The iPhone 3G in Japan has a special feature unique to that country: The camera always makes a conspicuous “shutter” …
Discussion: broadstuff
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Fallon Will Start ‘Late Night’ on the Web  —  LOS ANGELES — With a new round of shake-ups in late-night television set to begin next year, Lorne Michaels has decided to try to get a jump on things by starting NBC's next edition of “Late Night,” with its new host Jimmy Fallon, as a nightly entry on the Internet.
Yahoo activist calls for board battle compromise  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dissident shareholder will on Monday call on Yahoo Inc to compromise and accept a mixed board of directors drawn from among company nominees and a rival slate backed by Carl Icahn.
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Exclusive: Twhirl gets pushy with  —  The next update of Twhirl will get support for yet another nanoblogging service,, and on that platform Twhirl will feature a communication method that Twitter users have been asking for: push updates.  —  Read to end of story for the download link and instructions.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Hello Goodbye  —  Something just happened and I think it may be important.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
My Son, the Blogger: An M.D. Trades Medicine for Apple Rumors  —  For eight years, Arnold Kim has been trading gossip, rumor and facts about Apple, the notoriously secretive computer company, on his Web site,  —  It had been a hobby — albeit a time-consuming one — while Dr. Kim earned his medical degree.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Egypt, a Thirst for Technology and Progress  —  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — EGYPT is not a land unused to exaggeration, so take it with a grain of salt, or many grains of sand, when the young volunteers say that every one of the 60 or 70 people helping to put on Wikipedia's annual convention here …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Makes $20k/day Filtering Phishing And Porn Sites  —  OpenDNS, a San Francisco based startup founded by Minor Ventures and David Ulevitch, first launched in mid-2006 as a free tool to speed up web surfing and protect users from phishing and other malware sites.  —  OpenDNS isn't exactly a sexy service.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Smaller PCs Cause Worry for Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The personal computer industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient Internet-centric devices.  Curiously, some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Say IPod, Mac Boosted Profit; IPhone Sales Deferred  —  Forget the iPhone.  Even with its hottest product excluded from results, Apple Inc. probably will report an increase in earnings today on rising sales of Macintosh computers and iPod media players.
Discussion: MacRumors and Cult of Mac
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uber-Hacker Kevin Mitnick Signs Tell-All Book Deal  —  Kevin Mitnick is going to tell his side of the story.  And he's going to get paid for it.  —  Speaking to an adoring crowd of 800 at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference, Mitnick, once described as the “most wanted computer hacker in the world …
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Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
Texas Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike launches ad platform, pushes play on Rhapsody deal
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Eight years after collapsed, a founder returns to the game
Adam Stevenson / Ars Technica:
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David Carr / New York Times:
Hey, Friend, Do I Know You?  —  Not that long ago …
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