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4:00 PM ET, May 18, 2008

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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Dear Web Applications: Where Are My Files?  —  What's wrong with the “friends connection” programs announced by Facebook, MySpace, and Google?  Many people have been trying to explain the principle of data portability as if it were a new concept, but it's actually not.  It's been on our PCs for years.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Friends Data Has Already Left the Barn  —  How much are your friends worth?  That is the question behind the big debate going on around social networks and data portability.  In the last ten days, Facebook, Google, and MySpace have all announced ways to let people access their data …
Discussion: Feedonomics, Toni's Garage and metarand
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why did Facebook tell Google “stay off our lawn?”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
If Icahn Can't Get Microsoft Back To Table Before Shareholder Meeting, He'll Lose Proxy Fight  —  The next move in the Yahoo-Microsoft-Icahn saga is Carl Icahn's: He has to get Microsoft back to the negotiating table in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, he'll do everything he can to suggest …
Discussion: New York Post
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Bill's Gold Watch  —  Bill Gates is sure taking his sweet time retiring.  While he is busy hyping yet another Microsoft research project to the CEO Summit, Google has vaulted several huge steps ahead in the cloud infrastructure battle with Friend Connect.  Mike Arrington's audience …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Social Media Growing Pains  —  This past week eMarketer slashed advertising revenue forecasts for social networking sites.  Facebook's projections for this year tumbled in steadfast.  —  While some might “credit” that to the softening economy, the fact remains, online advertising is growing …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MrBabyMan: Digg Users Revolt, Against the One Pure Man at the Top
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Stalwart and Digg
Ryan Spoon:
Google Analytics - 20 Ways to Fix Analytics.  Please Hurry?  —  I've written a lot about web analytics and the importance of understanding and measuring your traffic.  The resounding feedback I've gotten - and I wholeheartedly concur - is that Google Analytics remains the top used service but is far from satisfactory.
Samdean / OStatic blogs:
Firefox 3 RC 1: A Guided Tour  —  As we noted earlier today, after five beta versions have gone through testing, Mozilla has delivered Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of version 3 of the Firefox browser, for Windows, the Mac and Linux.  I've been using all the previous beta versions …
Discussion: InformationWeek and Compiler
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Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3 RC 1 full review
Discussion: Asa Dotzler
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1 is here
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In India, Location Based Search Kicks Off  —  Earlier this month, India surpassed US as the second largest mobile market (by subscriber count) in the world.  With close to 280 million subscribers, it now has enough of a user base to become a breeding ground for a new class of applications …
Discussion: Mashable!
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Survey: One-fifth of Americans have never used e-mail  —  The digital divide is apparently alive and well.  —  About 20 percent of all U.S. heads-of-household have never sent an e-mail, and about 20 million households, or 18 percent, are without Internet access, according to a study released earlier this week.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Goes Straight, Bans Porn  —  Scribd, the “YouTube for documents”, has announced that it will be removing all pornographic material from the site beginning May 21.  —  Here's the announcement from the site's blog: … So how will this affect the YCombinator startup?
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
China allows bloggers, others to spread quake news  —  BEIJING (AP) — Almost nonstop, the uncensored opinions of Chinese citizens are popping up online, sent by text and instant message across a country shaken by its worst earthquake in three decades.  —  “Why were most of those killed …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
The Computer Industry Comes With Built-In Term Limits  —  MATHEMATICIANS have long tried, and failed, to solve the Riemann Hypothesis, a stubbornly unyielding math problem.  Good luck to whoever tries to figure it out.  For the first correct proof, a $1 million prize will be awarded by the Clay Mathematics Institute.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV Is Way Better Than Cable or Satellite  —  Microsoft's Mediaroom is the company's IPTV solution that brings TV into to your house (much like cable and satellite) over IP.  You might be familiar with it in its commercially released service forms such as AT&T U-Verse here in the US or BT Vision in the UK.
 
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