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2:00 PM ET, May 17, 2008

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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download  —  Please note: The Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes new features as well as dramatic improvements to performance, memory usage and speed.
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate) Release Notes  —  This Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers and our testing community …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
FIREFOX 3 RELEASE CANDIDATE 1 RELEASED Mozilla pushed out the first release candidate of Firefox 3 early this evening, so if you're already field testing Firefox 3, now's the time to go to Help -> Check for Updates to download the latest and greatest build.  If you're wondering what to expect, check out the RC1 release notes.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla launches Firefox 3.0 RC1 early  —  Beats ‘late May’ schedule, unveils first release candidate for major upgrade  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp. on Friday rolled out the release candidate for Firefox 3.0, bringing the open-source browser one step closer to its first major overhaul in nearly 19 months.
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Slashdot
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Spielberg pops up on Seesmic  —  Seesmic, the video discussion site, has gone wild this morning as Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, George Lucas and more big names from Indiana Jones 4 join a Q&A session on the site.  —  It's a simple enough idea but incredibly exciting …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Glass Jaw  —  Facebook finally has a real problem to deal with - an exceptionally rational and well-thought-out strategy by Google that puts the leading social media cloud in the path of a wave of angry users.  The only thing Facebook has going for it is that said users don't yet know they're angry.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
A business model for Twitter: Pay up  —  The Web spirit of “build an audience and figure out the business model later” is a great filter.  It allows products and services into the wild without barriers or the need to sell advertisers on an unproven concept.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and Feedonomics
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
11 Top Tips for a Successful Technical Presentation  —  Over five years ago I posted Tips for a Successful MSFT Presentation.  Yesterday I watched the video of my Mix Presentation all the way through.  It's always very painful to hear one's own voice but it's even worse to watch yourself.
Josh / Redeye VC:
The “Atomization of Conversation”  —  Last week I was speaking with Lawrence Hooper of Loladex and he used a phrase that's been sticking in my head.  When I asked him whether people would be willing to solicit their friends to make a local recommendations via his Facebook application …
Discussion: Feedonomics
discussions.europe.nokia.com:
Nokia N95 US version (also known as N95-3)  —  Nokia is aware of consumers' demand for a new software release, and our development teams are working to produce the new software as soon as possible.  We estimate that the new software should be available early June.
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The Guru / Symbian-Guru.com:   Nokia Talks, N95-3 Firmware Update Coming In June
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Battle Over Data Ownership on Gillmor Gang  —  Epic Gillmor Gang today.  Everyone went in with guns blazing over the data portability/ownership debate that has spilled out over the Facebook/Google scuffle.  DataPortability founder Chris Saad was also on the call, but failed to take a leadership position …
Discussion: Feedonomics and Coop's Corner
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington is Right, Facebook is Wrong
Keith Golden / Official Google Maps API Blog:
Love My Maps?  Use its Line and Shape Editing in your API Apps!  —  When we launched the map editing tools in Google Maps, the reaction of developers was “This is cool, but how can I use it on my own site?”  As someone who was originally drawn to Google in part because of the Maps API …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
HP to launch fall line of teen PC products  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Hewlett-Packard wants to get hip to teens.  —  At an event here this week focused on teenagers and technology, Ameer Karim, director of HP's future and innovations group for consumer PCs, said that it plans to introduce …
Discussion: Engadget
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
High-Tech Japanese, Running Out of Engineers  —  TOKYO — Japan is running out of engineers.  —  After years of fretting over coming shortages, the country is actually facing a dwindling number of young people entering engineering and technology-related fields.  —  Universities call it “rikei banare,” or “flight from science.”
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo seeks to conceal parts of shareholder suit  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo Inc. is seeking to conceal large portions of a shareholder lawsuit alleging the Internet company's board improperly thwarted Micrsoft Corp.'s $47.5 billion takeover offer, raising shareholder questions over the motives for the secrecy.
Discussion: Mashable! and CNET News.com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Will Microsoft Respond to Yahoo Letter to Icahn?
 
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
The new HTC Advantage in the US? Nope.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Engadget and Gizmodo
Sramana Mitra / Forbes:
How Amazon Could Change Publishing
John Leyden / The Register:
Activist coders aim to deafen Phorm with white noise
Lisa Zyga / PhysOrg.com:
A baseball cap that reads your mind
Discussion: Crave, Gizmodo and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
ZDNet:
Asus to embed Linux into all motherboards
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive
Discussion: Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Best Buy (BBY) Buying Netflix (NFLX) For $44?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Reality Check  —  I have this notion to write a series of columns …
Discussion: MediaVidea
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
A Russian court sentences Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six and a half years in prison for spreading “false info” about the Russian army

 
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