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6:40 PM ET, May 9, 2008

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Dave Morin / Facebook Developers:
Announcing Facebook Connect  —  At Facebook, we're committed to enabling people to communicate and stay connected wherever they go.  —  In August 2006, we introduced the first version of the Facebook API, enabling users to share their information with the third party websites and applications they choose.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Responds To MySpace With Facebook Connect  —  Facebook will announce later today Facebook Connect, which has similar functionality to MySpace Data Availability, announced just yesterday.  The actual product won't be released for at least a few weeks, so the timing on this …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:   Facebook Connect - another step to open social networks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Lift 5,000 Friends Limit  —  Facebook will soon remove a limitation that restricts users to no more than 5,000 friend connections, someone close to the company told us this week.  —  There are stories around why the limitation exists at all.  The official reason is that Facebook wants …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Confirms Plans To Put Display Ads On Google.com  —  The most pressing question for Google (GOOG) shareholders is what product will drive the company's next growth boom as the search product cycle ends.  Most likely candidate?  Not sexy mobile or video.  Just boring old display ads.
Discussion: MediaFile and WebGuild
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T's Wi-Fi Tease for iPhone Users  —  Maybe it's because I work as a reporter, but it seems to me that secrets are overrated.  I suspect that so often the cost of keeping secrets is greater than whatever benefit they bring.  —  You may disagree.  But there's one thing that should be clear …
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Joins the Yahoo! Search Team  —  Last year, Yahoo! Search launched Search Assist to help users find what they're looking for quickly and easily by providing query suggestions and related concepts in real-time.  Today, Yahoo! Search is embracing the Mac community …
Discussion: Mashable!, The Inquisitr and WebProNews
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Rumored Google, News Corp. bids make Blinkx shares soar  —  Reuters is reporting that shares of Blinkx, a publicly traded video search site based in the U.K., climbed 50 percent on Friday following rumors that corporate giants Google and News Corp. may be vying for an acquisition.
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Bloomberg:
Apple to provide refunds for power adapters  —  Apple Inc. agreed to pay refunds of $25 to $79 to as many as 2.3 million Macintosh computer owners to resolve claims that some of its power adapters were prone to spark.  —  Customers who bought certain replacement adapters for PowerBook …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Note to startups: Turn off “track changes”  —  Some of you may have seen this already, since it has been passed around on Twitter, but I just had to point to Rick Segal's hilarious blog post about a startup that did everything right in its business plan — right up until it sent …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Travel Update: Private Jet Grounded This Winter  —  Back in late February, Morgan Stanley analyst Kathryn Huberty cited Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs' plane travel as a reason to be excited about Apple and its stock.  —  How does Huberty know Apple is working on lots of new toys? ...
Discussion: Valleywag
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?  —  Updated May 8 to add information on a second issue.  —  Updated May 9 to add information on possible additional issues as well as instructions for using the recovery console.  —  Last night WSUS deployed XP Service Pack 3 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to appeal EC's $1.39 billion fine  —  Microsoft announced Friday it is appealing the European Commission's $1.39 billion fine, which the Commission imposed for failure to comply with its historic 2004 anti-trust order against the Redmond giant.  —  Microsoft filed an application …
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Elizabeth Montalbano / IDG News Service:   Microsoft to Appeal $1.3 Billion EU Fine
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Spam Is Migrating to the Cellphone  —  If you thought spam on your computer was a bother, brace yourself for round two: spammers want to find you on your cellphone.  —  Cellphones have become consumers' most personal technological devices.  That is why some industry executives …
Chris Laker / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment award-winning garden is destroyed after hundreds respond to Facebook water fight  —  More than 300 people ran riot and destroyed an award-winning garden after they responded to a campaign for a mass water fight on social networking website Facebook.
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Why Apple should release a game console  —  The Industry Standard posted an interesting article recently discussing the possibility of Apple releasing a mobile gaming platform.  According to the writer, the circumstantial evidence points to Apple trying its luck with gaming once again.
Discussion: The Industry Standard
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Nokia aiming to reinvent itself as an “Internet company”  —  During Nokia's annual shareholder meeting yesterday, CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo seemed to change the direction of the entire company.  “Our goal is to act less like a traditional manufacturer, and more like an internet company,” Kallasvuo told his shareholders.
 
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Electronista:
Zune reaches 2m sales; flat versus iPod
Discussion: MacUser
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What People Say When They Tweet
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Facebook's Valuation Problem
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Media Buyers: So Old They Still Watch CBS (YHOO, MSFT, TWX)
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Wimpy  —  Every few years I actually make a television show …
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Tech Conferences: A Breeding Ground of Disease?
Discussion: Computerworld
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The 5 Stages of a Consumer Web Startup
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Microsoft's Answer to Google Sky to Launch at End of May
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Borthwick, Betaworks, and the Search for the Incubator Holy Grail
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Analysis: MySpace and Facebook challenge mobile-only social networks
Discussion: The Social Times
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone graphic: Apple's new map of the world
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gizmodo
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: .Mac relaunch to coincide with iPhone 2.0?
Aidan Henry / ReadWriteWeb:
The Ultimate Twitter Revenue Model
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 to be announced May 12th at WES 2008
 

 
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Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

 
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