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12:55 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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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 as plumbing for the rest of the Web.
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:
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:   New Google Service Makes Web Pages Social
Microsoft:
Microsoft and RIM to Bring Windows Live Services to BlackBerry Smartphone Customers  —  Agreement will enhance the communications experience on BlackBerry smartphones through popular Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger services.  —  Microsoft Corp. and Research In Motion (RIM) …
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Research in Motion:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Bold Smartphone  —  Top of the line BlackBerry smartphone features premium design and unprecedented performance; perfect for business professionals and power users.  —  Waterloo, ON - For customers seeking a smartphone that makes a bold statement, Research In Motion …
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold officially announced!  —  Story developing...  That didn't take too long, did it?  We finally have it people — it's alive and confirmed.  The BlackBerry Bold is indeed the official name for the BlackBerry 9000 device and it should be available starting “this summer.”
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger coming to RIM Blackberry this summer
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Twitter and the China earthquake  —  I was beginning to think Twitter - the micro-blogging service that's all the rage amongst the technorati - was just another fad for people who want to share too much of their rather dull lives.  Until this morning.  —  When I logged on to my desktop …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
7.8 earthquake stuns Chinese tech region
Discussion: New York Times
Paulbradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:   The Chinese earthquake and Twitter - crowdsourcing without managers
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Another Classic Rip-Off Job By Ars Technica  —  Ars Technica is really good at stealing other's ideas.  Plain and simple.  —  Anyone else, and I may have given them a pass that they came up with what seems to be the exact same approach to a story that I took last week.  Not Ars Technica.
Discussion: IP Democracy, TechWag and My Blog Posts
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange …
Discussion: Profy.Com, Normalkid and broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Launches Showcase For User Search Experience  —  Today marks another milestone for San Francisco based contextual search engine Powerset.  They've launched a showcase for their user search experience - effectively the search engine minus the web crawl.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Announces Explore, Share and Home Models  —  Not so long ago we reviewed the Eye-Fi, a 2GB SD card that adds Wi-Fi to any digital camera.  Now the company is expanding their product line with the Eye-Fi Explore ($129), Eye-Fi Share ($99) and the Eye-Fi Home ($79).  The big news?
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Portfolio:
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.
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.
Discussion: MacRumors
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
What Google Knows About Spam  —  If you didn't attend Web 2.0, you can watch my ten-minute keynote about “What Google Knows About Spam” (and several other keynotes) on blip.tv.  I'll embed the keynote below as well.  —  The only thing I don't like about conference speaking is preparing slides.
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
DIGITIMES Bits + chips  —  There are now [4] new stories posted on our member site.  Please sign in to read real-time news updates.  —  Intel gains SSD orders from Google, say sources  —  Google plans to switch some of its servers over to solid-state drive-based (SSD-based) …
Discussion: CNET News.com, TechSpot and TG Daily
 
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Associated Press:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows XP SP3 blame game begins
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SingTel, Bharti, Globe and Optus Reach Deal to Offer Apple's iPhone
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bringing Google into the kitchen
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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