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2:30 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.
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 …
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org:
Thomson Reuters and RIM Launch $150 Million Mobile App Fund
Discussion: CNET News.com and mocoNews.net
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 …
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.
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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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   7.8 earthquake stuns Chinese tech region
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: TechWag
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Ars Technica Has No Shame, But That's Nothing New
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Giving Attribution  —  An interesting email exchange …
Discussion: Profy.Com and Normalkid
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: CNET News.com and MacRumors
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple rings up four new iPhone deals in Asia  —  The week opens with fresh reports of iPhone agreements with overseas carriers, as Apple (AAPL) continues its push to roll the Web-browsing cellphone out beyond the United States and Europe.  —  The Wall St. Journal, BBC and other sources reported …
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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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Powerset Launches “Understanding Engine” For Wikipedia Content
Discussion: WebProNews
Eye-Fi:
EYE-FI UNVEILS AUTOMATIC GEOTAGGING AND HOTSPOT CONNECTIVITY WITH EYE-FI EXPLORE  —  Partnerships with Skyhook Wireless and Wayport will Enable Users to Automatically Map Images and Upload Photos On the Go  —  BURLINGAME, Calif., May 12, 2008 — Today Eye-Fi, Inc. (www.eye.fi) …
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PR Newswire:
Bloomberg L.P. Names Norman Pearlstine Chief Content Officer  —  Appointment Reunites Pearlstine with Bloomberg News Founder Winkler  —  Bloomberg today announced that it has named Norman Pearlstine its Chief Content Officer, a newly-created position.  In this role Pearlstine will partner …
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Raikes tapped as Gates Foundation CEO  —  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Monday that longtime Microsoft executive Jeff Raikes will be the organization's next chief executive.  —  Raikes announced in January he would be stepping down as president of Microsoft's Business Division, the unit that includes Office.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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