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3:25 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:
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.
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com and MacRumors
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple rings up four new iPhone deals in Asia
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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Ars Technica Has No Shame, But That's Nothing New  —  MG Siegler has this well-justified rant against uber-tech news site Ars Technica.  His basic complaint is that Ars Technica is “really good at stealing other's ideas” because they ripped off a piece he did likening the global spread of the iPhone to the game of Risk.
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange …
Discussion: Profy.Com
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Another Classic Rip-Off Job By Ars Technica
Discussion: TechWag
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sprint's inferno: Churn baby churn  —  Sprint Nextel said Monday that it has lost more than 1 million customers in the last year.  —  Sprint, which has been busy of late with a WiMax joint venture with Clearwire and alleged takeover overtures from Deutsche Telekom, provided a healthy dose …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint Nextel continues to bleed customers
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Raikes tapped as Gates Foundation CEO
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Powerset Launches “Understanding Engine” For Wikipedia Content  —  After nearly two years in the making — and plenty of hype — Powerset has finally rolled out a “natural language” search engine.  It's not a Google killer.  It's barely a business model right now.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Launches Showcase For User Search Experience
Jack Loftus / PC World:
WiiWare Launches With Six Titles  —  Wii DVD slots across North America glowed blue this morning heralding the official launch of six WiiWare titles.  —  The WiiWare rumors reported by GamePro over the weekend were confirmed this morning as Nintendo announced the immediate availability of six new downloadable titles.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft issues first SP1 betas for VS 2008, .Net Framework 3.5  —  Microsoft is making available to testers a first beta release of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Visual Studio 2008 and the accompanying .Net Framework 3.5.  —  On May 12, Microsoft made available to any/all interested parties …
 
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Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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Bloomberg L.P. Names Norman Pearlstine Chief Content Officer
Discussion: DealBook, VentureBeat and MediaFile
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Apple and Eve  —  Revealed: The heroine of Pixar's new release …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
FuelFrog: Track Your Gas Mileage
Discussion: Download Squad and jkOnTheRun
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Studio Is Prize in Takeover Duel
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz and Joystiq
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google offers YouTube video software for Macs
Business Wire:
Charter Reports First Quarter Financial and Operating Results
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N96 and N78 hands-on overview
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
XML: The Angle Bracket Tax
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Windows XP SP3 blame game begins
Discussion: LinuxInsider and Hardware 2.0
Blaine / Liminal Existence:
Scalability
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Eye-Fi Announces Explore, Share and Home Models
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Is A Malware Site (Says Yahoo)
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
What Google Knows About Spam