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9:10 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:
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Friend Connect Tries to Strangle the Social  —  Later tonight Google will launch a new service called Friend Connect, aiming to “bring the social” to any page around the web.  Unfortunately the service takes a bunch of open technical standards yearning to see the light …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:   Welcome to the social mess?
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Google Friend Connect — making open social easy
Discussion: InformationWeek and Netly News
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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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.
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
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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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
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
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
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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.
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why Yelp Works  —  When Yelp launched in early 2005, I yawned.  Who needs another site where people review restaurants and other local businesses?  It's one of the oldest ideas on the Internet.  Citysearch, the leader, continues to struggle to find a sustainable business model more than a decade after its founding.
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:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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Discussion: TechCrunch
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Apple and Eve  —  Revealed: The heroine of Pixar's new release …