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1:45 AM ET, May 21, 2008

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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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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
OLPC XO Laptop 2.0 Has Dual Touchscreens, Looks Amazing and Future-y  —  At OLPC's Global Country workshop today, founder Nick Negroponte unveiled the next-gen XO Laptop, and it totally blows the original away.  About half XO 1.0's size and more like a foldable book, it does away with the keyboard …
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Negroponte Unveils 2nd Generation OLPC Laptop: It's an E-Book
Discussion: Slashdot and Guardian Unlimited
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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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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 …
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
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.
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: Web Analytics World
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Can Alex Bogusky help Microsoft Beat Apple?  —  “Life conspires to beat the rebel out of you,” says Bogusky, with partners, from left, Jeff Steinhour, Chuck Porter, and Jeff Hicks |  Alex Bogusky built the country's slickest ad shop using Apple products.  His next challenge: Persuade people like him to buy Microsoft's stuff.
Discussion: What Would Dad Say
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's $300 million makeover
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.
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 …
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Sprint to hop on the 5GB cap bandwagon
Discussion: CrunchGear and PhoneDog.com
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why the Roku Netflix Player is the First Shot of the Revolution  —  In the small, generic plastic box that is the new Netflix Player made by Roku, I think you can see the future of video.  —  I'm not saying that this product itself is going to take the world by storm, even though …
Brandon Badger / Google LatLong:
Extra!  Extra!  Discover the world's news in Google Earth  —  The launch of Google News on Google Earth is a milestone in the evolution of the geobrowser.  By spatially locating the Google News' constantly updating index of stories from more than 4,500 news sources, Google Earth now shows …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Bubble Alert: Facebook Traffic Declines 10% in April  —  The latest stats from Nielsen Online show a significant decline in month-over-month unique visitors to Facebook in the US.  In April, traffic fell to 22.4M uniques, down from the 24.9M reported in March.
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 …
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Permanent Denial-of-Service Attack Sabotages Hardware  —  Researcher to demonstrate a permanent denial-of-service (PDOS) attack that remotely wipes out hardware via flash firmware updates  —  You don't have to take an ax to a piece of hardware to perform a so-called permanent denial-of-service (PDOS) attack.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and Boing Boing
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
 
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Hurd: EDS Deal Expands HP's Enterprise Reach
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AT&T Launches Free Wi-Fi for LaptopConnect Customers
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Mino among sharks: New Flip camcorder coming
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Sam / Go Big Always:
IBM Lotus Connections Evangelist now works at Jive
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 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Movie Clips on Skype? Sure, Why Not?
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple under pressure to fix Safari ‘carpet bomb’ flaw
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Nintendo DS - Xbox 360 Connectivity Considered For 'Viva Pinata …
Reuters:
Russia's Yandex plans up to $2 bln NY IPO - source
Microsoft:
Microsoft Highlights Breadth in Mobile Advertising at advance08
Lawrence Lessig / New York Times:
Little Orphan Artworks
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Is ESPN's new Wi-Fi universal remote the ultimate?
Discussion: Electronista, Gizmodo and Engadget
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Videos Taken Down From YouTube
 

 
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Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

Reuters:
The US calls on Russia to free Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva, who was jailed last week in what RFE/RL said was “a mockery of justice”

Judd Legum / Popular Information:
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