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5:55 PM ET, May 23, 2008

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Book search winding down  —  Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week.  Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9  —  Thursday was a red-letter day for 3G iPhone rumors.  On Wall St., the “rumor of a rumor” of an iPhone delay was enough to drive Apple (AAPL) share prices down 5 points in midafternoon trading.  Meanwhile, a dozen subway stops to the north …
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David Richards / Channel News:
OZ 3G iPhone To Be Fastest In The World  —  Australia will have the fastest Apple 3G iPhone in the world a senior executive of Telstra has told ChannelNews.  “We know what is coming we have seen the new device and it will be available on our network as soon as it is launched in the USA.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
3G iPhone to support 42Mbps Evolved HSPA data?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
TheStreet.com:
GameStop to Stop Zune Sales  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) GME MSFT  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft'sMSFT Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Zune Now Eligible for Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Update Your Profile From More Websites  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about the new ability to import stories into your Mini-Feed from other sites.  Since then, we've been working on increasing the number of sites that work with this feature.  We're happy to report that now …
Discussion: Mashable!
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your …
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
The Sandbox for the New Profile Design Is Now Open  —  As we promised recently, we've opened up our beta sandbox for the new profile design.  You should have enough time to test the new design with your applications before we launch it to our users next month.
Discussion: TechCrunch, All Facebook and WebProNews
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook New Profile Dev Sandbox Now Live
Discussion: Mashable!
Royal Pingdom:
Smart and funny use of Google Adwords  —  Text ads can be smart, funny, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious when they show up in the wrong context.  —  David, our web designer and marketing maestro here at Pingdom was surfing the web last night and put together a list of really funny and original text ads from Google Adwords.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software  —  A federal district judge in Washington State handed down an important decision this week on shrink-wrap license agreements and the First Sale Doctrine.  The case concerned an eBay merchant named Timothy Vernor who has repeatedly locked horns …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines  —  Hollywood has been granted another victory in its war against piracy, this time at the expense of two linking sites that the Motion Picture Association of America believes profited from enabling copyright infringement.
Discussion: WebProNews and TechSpot
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction  —  Yesterday saw Barry Gitarts convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.  —  Gitarts, aged 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y, previously operated under the alias ‘Dextro’ within …
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Microsoft and the Ties That Bind  —  Will Relationships Among Key Players Help Seal the Deal?  —  On Wall Street it isn't always who you know, it's who you knew back when.  —  So, it would seem that little should stand in the way of an acquisition of Yahoo Inc. by Microsoft Corp …
Economist:
Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing  —  EVEN when the sky is blue over Quincy, clouds hang in the air.  The small town in the centre of the state of Washington is home to half a dozen huge warehouses that power the global “computing clouds” …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Social Networking Site Bans Anyone Over Age 36 To (Sorta) Deal With Sex Offender Law
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Arn / MacRumors:
Tablet Mac Coming in Fall 2008?
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Red Herring down but not out
Discussion: Valleywag
ImportGenius.com:
New 3G Apple iPhone in U.S., Canada, Suggests Customs Data
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
On Twitter, architecture, and laying in the grass
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Touch Dual finally coming to Best Buy this weekend
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchBase Now Integrated With LinkedIn API
Electronista:
Apple Canada preps staff for unknown event
Discussion: MacMegasite
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel to bundle SSDs as part of Centrino 2 platform
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Reuters:
Yahoo buy not a strategy in itself: Microsoft CEO
James Sherwood / The Register:
Incredible folding laptop untucked on eBay
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google's Safe Browsing Diagnostic Tool
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Windows 7 to add native support for Virtual Hard Disks