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3:40 AM ET, May 13, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Prying Open the Social Graph
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Wants to Help Web Sites Make New Friends
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.
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.
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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Associated Press:
RIM hits new high with new BlackBerry unveiling
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why Does RIM Have To Bribe BlackBerry Developers?
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.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Bureaucratic Google?  —  Adam Lashinsky of CNN/ Fortune posted an interesting piece on Google's brain drain - more and more employees leaving to create their own, less bureaucratic and thus more agile start-ups - and Google's present and future challenges.  Like balancing and moderating …
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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Agam Shah / Computerworld:
HP in talks to buy EDS for up to $13B
Discussion: GigaOM and eWeek
Business Wire:   HP Confirms It is in Talks with EDS Regarding Possible Business Combination
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Gates: Windows 7 will “take less memory, be more efficient”  —  It can be argued that Microsoft's main focus with Windows Vista was security.  While sceptics try to claim that there has not been much improvement, Vista does appear to be Microsoft's most secure OS to date.
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Your iPhone Can Record Videos, Too  —  In an effort to make the iPhone a truly ultimate machine, DreamCatcher has created an iPhone Video Recorder, which takes audio and video recordings at a frame rate of up to 15fps to the compressed mpeg4 format, according to Podcasting News.
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Record Video With Your iPhone
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and Macsimum News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When Crowdsourcing Fails: Cambrian House Headed to the Deadpool  —  Crowdsourcing sounds good in theory—pull together a bunch of smart, motivated individuals from across the Web to create a new product or business—but in practice it is not so easy to pull off.
Discussion: Mark Evans and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
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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.
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: Gizmodo, Epicenter and Valleywag
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Lessons from the casino industry on engagement metrics and lifetime value  —  Great book covering the modern casino industry  —  I recently stumbled on “Winner Takes All,” which is a great overview of the modern casino industry starting with Steve Wynn, Kerk Kerkorian, and Gary Loveman.
Discussion: Redeye VC
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
.NET 3.5 SP1 Beta Changes Your Expression  —  But you knew that, right?  Because someone from Microsoft blogged about the incompatibility last month, or was it today?  Warns a post on the Expression Blend and Design blog: … Strange, this is one of several Microsoft blogs that popped …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Blogs and the attribution dilemma  —  I wasn't going to jump into this one, mostly because it seemed kind of “inside baseball” (i.e., not that interesting to lots of people), but as we all know one of the main things the blogosphere likes to do is blog about blogging, so I thought I would take a crack at the Ars Technica brouhaha.
 
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