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3:50 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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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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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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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
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: Joe Duck, Matt Cutts and ben barren
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:
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.
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”
Discussion: Mashable! and diversity.net.nz
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Geek News Central
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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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
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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Sheriff's deputies evict Red Herring from Belmont office  —  Red Herring, the once-storied, now marginal tech publisher, was evicted from its Belmont office at 19 Davis Drive at 3:04 p.m. today, a spokesman for the San Mateo County Sheriff's office confirmed to Valleywag.
 
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
WikiSubtitles Taken Down By Spanish Anti-Piracy Outfit
Discussion: Mashable!
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
TVA Power Plants Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, GAO Finds
Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikimedia Foundation muzzles Wikinews
Discussion: Profy.Com and Valleywag
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
99.999....The Quest for Reliability on the Internet
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Refurbished iPhones are an excellent source of previous users' data
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Permanent Denial-of-Service Attack Sabotages Hardware
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Movie Clips on Skype? Sure, Why Not?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple under pressure to fix Safari ‘carpet bomb’ flaw
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Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Nintendo DS - Xbox 360 Connectivity Considered For 'Viva Pinata …
Brandon Badger / Google LatLong:
Extra! Extra! Discover the world's news in Google Earth
Reuters:
Russia's Yandex plans up to $2 bln NY IPO - source
Danielle Sacks / Fast Company:
Can Alex Bogusky help Microsoft Beat Apple?
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
YouTube Declines Request to Remove Terrorist-produced Videos
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Internet FAQ from 2085
Discussion: The Next Web
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Nielsen: MySpace, Club Penguin growth static, LinkedIn soaring
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Bubble Alert: Facebook Traffic Declines 10% in April
 

 
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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Six journalists who worked at DCist, closed by WAMU earlier in 2024, launch the 51st, a worker-run local news site for DC, and a $250K fundraising campaign

 
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