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4:20 AM ET, May 21, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter: Something Is Technically Wrong  —  Their words, not mine.  —  I've mostly stopped bothering to post when Twitter is down like it is now and like it was yesterday (honestly, it's news when they keep the site live for 24 hours at this point).  But, seriously, they need to get their act together.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter's New VC Round: Red Hot  —  Love it or hate it, Twitter, a service that embodies our narcissism, is one that we can't stop talking about.  Even though it is still a tool of the tech-elite, the San Francisco-based start-up that came out of Ev Williams Odeo has become a favorite among the chattering classes.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to lure search users with cash  —  Microsoft isn't talking yet about the big search initiative it's expected to announce Wednesday, but I was able to figure out details with a little digging today.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for the paper. — tb
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Launch “Live Search Cash Back” Tomorrow  —  The major Microsoft Live Search announcement scheduled for tomorrow will be the official launch of a new product: Microsoft Live Search Cash Back.  —  The program in partnership with eBay and its PayPal unit will offer cash back to consumers …
Discussion: LiveSide and CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Microsoft To Offer Cash Back To Search Engine Users In Effort To Fight Google
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
First Look: OLPC XO-2  —  I am here this morning in Cambridge, Mass., at OLPC's Global Country Workshop.  Opening the conference this morning was OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte, who announced the second generation of the OLPC XO laptop, which will be called the XO-2.
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Official Google Blog:
Introduction to Google Search Quality  —  Search Quality is the name of the team responsible for the ranking of Google search results.  Our job is clear: A few hundreds of millions of times a day people will ask Google questions, and within a fraction of a second Google needs to decide …
Discussion: Matt Cutts, Joe Duck and ben barren
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Party's Over, Bloggers: CBS, NBC, Fox Threaten Free Clip Service Redlasso  —  Redlasso, a TV clip service favored by bloggers everywhere, is being threatened with legal action by three of the major media conglomerates: Fox (NWS), CBS (CBS) and NBC (GE).  The three companies have sent …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Bloggers Rejoice! Customized TV Clips With RedLasso (Updated)
Discussion: Valleywag
Techmeme News:
Techmeme listens: 32 months in the making, search arrives!  —  Hours after Techmeme launched in 2005, search uberblogger Danny Sullivan remarked “there's no keyword search facility that I can see.  I want that, and soon!”  Nobody wants to let Danny down, so I got right to work and 32 months later, a search box now sits atop the site.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   TechMeme Finally Adds Search
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Who's About To Get Fired From Google?  —  We've been getting a number of tips that say Grandcentral.com has been down for some users, and that their domain name is set to expire today.  —  We've done our best to confirm, and we believe that these rumors have some merit:
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Robert Scoble Working on Show with Rev3  —  Robert Scoble, the tech commentator who took his interview show from PodTech to Fast Company earlier this year, is working on a new show with online video studio Revision3, he disclosed today at a conference and later confirmed on Twitter.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Video: Robert Scoble on the “Worldwide Talk Show”
TechCrunch:
Anatomy Of A Failure: Lessons Learned  —  This post was written by guest contributor Paul Bragiel, founder of Meetro, a location-aware instant messaging platform that was DeadPooled last month.  Bragiel is also the founder hosted forum solution Lefora.  See our coverage of these two companies here …
Michael Hatamoto / BetaNews:
Sprint confirms it's implementing data usage caps  —  A number of Sprint mobile broadband users have shown their disgust over an internal memo that indicated the company has placed a cap on its mobile broadband service.  —  In an e-mail and phone correspondence with BetaNews …
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why Small Really Is Beautiful  —  Five years ago, Michael McDerment built an invoicing system for his web design business.  Today, FreshBooks lets nearly 400,000 users invoice their clients, track time and manage expenses electronically.  Not all are paying — the service is free for users …
Discussion: ben barren
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple's Mac sales up 50 percent in April  —  The blistering success of Apple's personal computer business continues to turn heads, with Mac unit sales growing 50 percent year-over-year for the month of April compared to just 17 percent growth by the broader market.
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Launch Date Confirmed  —  We all suspected it, but now it is confirmed: someone very, very close to the 3G iPhone launch has told me that Apple will announce their new model at the WWDC Keynote on June 9th.  The second-generation iPhone will be available worldwide right after the launch …
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Hurd: EDS Deal Expands HP's Enterprise Reach  —  Hewlett-Packard's CEO says he believes the EDS acquisition will make the company's service offerings stronger.  —  Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd believes that the $13 billion acquisition of Electronic Data Systems will help build …
Discussion: Techland
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Raph / Raph's Website:
The market glut  —  Nielsen is saying that Club Penguin is stalling out — not much, just a -7% growth year on year from last April to this April.  —  Of course, with the quantity of kids' worlds coming into the market now, this is not really surprising, is it?
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Refurbished iPhones are an excellent source of previous users' data  —  It looks like you might have to think twice before flipping that old iPhone on eBay when the 3G version finally hits — it appears that restoring the phone doesn't actually erase the contents of the flash …
 
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikimedia Foundation muzzles Wikinews
Discussion: Profy.Com and Valleywag
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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