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Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Jetpack, Call for Participation  —  Exploring new ways to extend and personalize the Web.  —  The add-ons community for Firefox is arguably one of the largest, most vibrant sources for innovation on the Web today.  If you want to affect people, to reach them and make a difference …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Strap In: Mozilla's Jetpack May Be The Next Step In Browser Extensions  —  Mozilla has unveiled a new project from its Labs division called Jetpack that gives us a taste of how Firefox might begin extending web functionality in years to come.  While the project is still quite early in development …
Discussion: Mashable!
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
South Carolina's McMaster softens rhetoric, but still considers suing Craigslist  —  The office of South Carolina Atty. Gen. Henry McMaster said this afternoon that it was still considering legal action against Craigslist over classified listings it sees as prostitution.
Discussion: TechCrunch, eWeek and CNET News
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Jim / craigslist blog:
CL Sues SC AG For Declaratory Relief  —  craigslist has filed suit against SC AG Henry McMaster in federal court in South Carolina, seeking declaratory relief and a restraining order with respect to criminal charges he has repeatedly threatened against craigslist and its executives.
Ars Technica:
4chan, eBaum's World carpet bombing YouTube with porn videos  —  YouTube is the latest target for pranksters looking to amuse themselves.  Today, May 20, has been deemed “Porn Day” by denizens of 4chan and eBaum's World, with an organized group of users from the sites uploading video clips of explicit …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft hit with $200 million patent verdict  —  A federal jury in Tyler, Texas on Wednesday ordered Microsoft to pay $200 million in a patent infringement case.  —  The jury ruled that the custom XML tagging features of Word 2003 and Word 2007 infringed on a patent from Toronto-based i4i.
Discussion: iTnews Australia, Reuters and TechFlash
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Canadian Press:
Microsoft ordered by court to pay Canadian software company i4i US$200 million
Discussion: The Register
Reuters:
Yahoo eyes social networking acquisitions  —  Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) is looking to buy companies that will allow it to become a bigger player in social networking and revamp its family of products, Chief Technology Officer Ari Balogh said on Wednesday.  —  Yahoo has had conversations with companies …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Book-Scanning Pact to Give Libraries Input on Price  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that could blunt some of the criticism of Google for its settlement of a lawsuit over its book-scanning project, the company signed an agreement with the University of Michigan that would give some libraries …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Gawker Chief: ‘Original Reporting Will Be Rewarded’  —  Q&A: Gawker Media Founder Nick Denton  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Gawker Media impresario Nick Denton, one of the more vocal Cassandras of media collapse last fall, got a surprise this spring when things turned out to be, well, not so bad.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Adobe convenes ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting for buggy Reader app  —  Flash left outside the tent  —  Free whitepaper - Cashing in on banking security and compliance  —  Over the past year, Adobe software has been pummeled by a steady stream of critical zero-day vulnerabilities.
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News
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Brad Arkin / ASSET:
Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Initiative
BBC:
Websites ‘keeping deleted photos’  —  User photographs can still be found on many social networking sites even after people have deleted them, Cambridge University researchers have said.  —  They put photos on 16 popular websites - noting the web addresses where the images were stored - and deleted them.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Suggest Adds Hyperlinks, Personalization And Yes, Ads  —  Suggesting queries is becoming a pretty standard practice on search engines these days.  You know, those drop-down menus that are populated as you type with things you likely mean.  They're useful, but Google just made them more useful.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Acer takes on HP in home servers  —  Acer plans to unveil its first home server for the U.S. market on Thursday, called the Acer Aspire easyStore Home Server.  —  The server is intended for home use as well as small businesses that have a need for networking multiple PCs.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 9.4 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 12.7 Per Cent in First Quarter of 2009  —  Inventory Destocking Adds 25 Million Units to Sell-In  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009 …
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Hulu set for September UK launch  —  Hulu, the free online video-on-demand service backed by News Corp, NBC Universal and Disney, is set to launch in Britain in September 2009, with 3,000 hours of American content and ITV and Channel 4 as content partners.  —  According to senior sources close …
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
OpenTable IPO Prices At $20, Better Than Expected  —  OpenTable Inc.'s initial public offering has priced at $20, an underwriter said.  That's well above original expectations, suggesting strong investor demand.  —  It's another positive sign for venture capitalists, which on Wednesday saw …
Financial Times:
Google drops idea to buy newspaper  —  Google has considered buying a newspaper or using its charitable arm to support news businesses seeking non-profit status, but is now unlikely to pursue either option, Eric Schmidt, chairman and chief executive, told the Financial Times.
Discussion: CNET News and Gawker
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Does Twitter Hate Advertising?  —  When we speak publicly about how Twitter might become a profitable business, we talk about the idea of commercial usage and then explain that we're still exploring what that means—that's true.  We also say traditional web banner advertising isn't interesting to us which is also true.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Job Listing Reveals More Powerful ARM Processors and Video Processing for iPhone  —  A recent Apple job listing that we just discovered reveals that Apple is looking for a low level iPhone programmer with detailed knowledge of the ARM processor including its NEON vector unit.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Surges Past Digg, LinkedIn, And NYTimes.com With 32 Million Global Visitors  —  How quickly they grow.  Remember when Twitter was just a little pipsqueek, with less than 10 million monthly unique visitors to its site worldwide?  That was back in February, 2009.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
StarringtheComputer.com: Why wasn't I notified?  UPDATE  —  So I'm looking at this and I find this.  That's right: it's an entire website, frequently updated, dedicated to pictures of computers in movies in television.  Did you know they used a Twentieth Anniversary Mac in Children of Men?
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gary Gale / The Yahoo! Geo Technologies Blog:
Announcing Yahoo! Placemaker - Geo-enrich Your Content  —  Today at Where 2.0 in San Jose, California Yahoo! Geo Technologies announced the launch of a key part of our vision of Open Location, a new web service, Yahoo! Placemaker™.  —  What is Placemaker?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
NetApp buys Data Domain for $1.5 billion  —  NetApp said Wednesday that it will acquire Data Domain for $1.5 billion, or $25 a share.  —  Data Domain makes deduplication storage systems designed to cut cost and make data management easier.  NetApp said in a statement that its game plan …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Real-Time as a Service?  Check Out What Notify.me is Working On  —  Can being “present in the now” be packaged and sold as a service?  A number of companies believe that it can be and are aiming to offer a “real-time” layer of functionality to consumer websites and businesses interested in this growing trend online.
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Congressmen want automakers to cough up diagnostic codes  —  Like everything else these days, cars are getting increasingly computerized, with embedded microprocessors controlling everything from the fuel-air mixture in the engine to the air temperature in the car.
Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Dell: Most Linux users don't really need the latest version  —  The new Mini 10v netbook that Dell launched last week will get more capabilities over the year ahead, including what the company is calling “wireless improvements.”  However, although “Linux enthusiasts” might wish otherwise …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands-on: Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform  —  Intel has announced the availability of the first Moblin 2 beta release.  This version introduces the platform's innovative new user interface.  Although there are still some rough edges, it delivers impressive usability and aesthetic sophistication.
Grant Gross / PC World:
EBay, Others Want End to Retail Price-fixing  —  A two-year-old court decision allowing manufacturers to set the minimum prices that retailers can charge for their products is driving up prices U.S. buyers pay for a range of products and hurting Internet sellers, three witnesses told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Pulse2
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 comes to AT&T this Friday for $199  —  AT&T has just announced that the Curve 8900 — which it had quoted for an “early summer” release — will be made available both online and in stores starting this Friday.  Interested parties who are adding a line or are eligible …
 
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Chris Lee / Ars Technica:
Storage densities that may yield a 12TB DVD demonstrated
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Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
As Google opens Iowa facility, no search for optimism needed
David Gelles / Financial Times:
Silicon Valley flexes political muscle
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
U.S. National Archives offers reward for missing hard drive
Brett Smith / Free Software Foundation:
FSF Settles Suit Against Cisco
Discussion: ITworld.com
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Socializr integrates Twitter as alternative to Facebook events
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Acer says to make Android phone in 2009
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Joost Boldly Goes Where Hulu Wouldn't
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Amazon Updates The Kindle App To Be More iPhone-ified
 

 
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