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8:05 PM ET, May 12, 2008

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Sean Carlson / Google:
Previewing Google Friend Connect: Website owners can make any site social  —  Easily insert social features to make “any app, any site, any friends” a reality  —  Tonight at Campfire One at the Googleplex (http://code.google.com/campfire/ ), Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) will announce …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Confirms Friend Connect  —  As we reported on Friday, Google will be launching its own data portability effort called Friend Connect.  It will be announcing more details about the preview later tonight, but in a press release this morning it confirms:
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Google brings Friend Connect to the masses  —  As expected, Google has unveiled a preview of Friend Connect, a way to add social features to a Web site without programming.  —  David Glazer, director of engineering at Google, described Friend Connect, whose site is inaccessible Monday morning, as plumbing for the rest of the Web.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Google Friend Connect Tries to Strangle the Social
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   Welcome to the social mess?
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Google Friend Connect — making open social easy
Discussion: InformationWeek and Netly News
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Spreading OpenSocial Across the Web
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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
H-P Near Deal to Buy EDS  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. was close to a deal to acquire Electronic Data Systems Corp. for between $12 billion and $13 billion, according to people familiar with the mater.  —  The terms of the deal were not immediately clear but an announcement was expected soon, the people said.
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Business Wire:   HP Confirms It is in Talks with EDS Regarding Possible Business Combination
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:   HP in talks to buy EDS
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T now showing “iPhone Black” model in device listing  —  AT&T Wireless, Apple's exclusive iPhone provider in the United States, is now listing a second model of the iPhone in its device database called “iPhone Black,” AppleInsider has been informed.  —  The finding, discovered by a reader …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
3G iPhone: Steve Jobs to deliver keynote June 9  —  Although no official announcement has been made, Apple public relations confirmed to Fortune that Steve Jobs will deliver a keynote address on June 9, the first day of the 2008 World Wide Developers conference.
Dolapo / Official Google Reader Blog:
Brand new Google Reader for iPhone  —  Mobile web browsers have come a long way since we first introduced an XHTML version of Reader back in 2006.  For example, iPhone and iPod Touch owners know how powerful having a full-featured browser is.  We on the Reader team are heavy mobile Safari users.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Bold new BlackBerry 9000 to take on expected 3G iPhone  —  RIM said “hello” to the iPhone this morning when it introduced the long-anticipated BlackBerry 9000, also known as the BlackBerry Bold.  Aside from its dashing good looks, the Bold has tweaks under the hood that not only improve upon …
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HBO In Your Pocket  —  Apple is close to announcing it has signed a deal to sell HBO programs and movies on the iTunes website, according to HBO employees involved in executing the agreement.  —  The deal marks the first time that Apple has agreed to a separate price structure for a content provider, one of the employees said.
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Where does Google go next?  —  Yes, it's making gobs of money.  Yes, it's full of smart people.  Yes, it's a wonderful place to work.  So why are so many people leaving?  —  (Fortune) — Sean Knapp had it made.  As a young computer scientist, he couldn't have had a better gig: working at Google, the engineer's paradise.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Bureaucratic Google?  —  Adam Lashinsky of CNN/ Fortune posted …
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 Beta  —  Earlier today we shipped a public beta of our upcoming .NET 3.5 SP1 and VS 2008 SP1 releases.  These servicing updates provide a roll-up of bug fixes and performance improvements for issues reported since we released the products last November.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   .Net 3.5 SP1 Changes Your Expression
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
My New Adventure  —  As I've often said, I'm one lucky guy.  In my position as editor in chief of PC World, I have one of the best jobs in technology journalism.  I get to do work I thoroughly enjoy, and to be part of a remarkable team who serves an equally remarkable universe of online and print readers.
Discussion: Epicenter, Gizmodo and Valleywag
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft exec Raikes named Gates Foundation CEO  —  Bill Gates, preparing to shift to full-time philanthropy at the end of June, has chosen one of his longtime Microsoft lieutenants as the chief executive of his foundation.  Jeff Raikes, the retiring Microsoft Business Division president …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Beats (Wow, By 3 Minutes) The USGS With China Earthquake News  —  Hey, I like Twitter, but this entire thing Robert Scoble started about how Twitter had news of the Chinese earthquake before the US Geological Survey seemed absurd.  Did it really?  As it turns out, probably so — by about three minutes.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google extends online-video lead  —  People in the United States watched about 11.5 billion videos online in March, and Google extended its dominance in the area, according to new figures released Monday.  —  Google's sites served up 38 percent of the total videos watched …
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Social-networking sites work to turn users into profits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It is the burning question in tech circles, and Mike Murphy answers it before it is completed.  —  “I hear it every time I'm on a (tech) panel,” Murphy, Facebook's vice president of media sales, says with a wry smile.
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Sprint May Sell Assets as Loss Grows, Customers Leave  —  Sprint Nextel Corp., the U.S. mobile- phone company that lost more than a million customers last quarter, said it may sell some assets after its net loss swelled to $505 million.  —  The first-quarter net loss expanded to 18 cents a share …
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Wall Street Journal:
Shape of Things to Come  —  How Apple's trademark for its iPod protects its brand — and offers lessons for other companies on how to leverage their intellectual property  —  On Jan. 8, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple Inc. a trademark for the three-dimensional shape of its iPod media player.
 
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