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2:55 PM ET, June 1, 2008

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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
It's Not Rocket Science, But It's Our Work  —  The general public is fascinated with every bug that pops up on board the Mars Phoenix Lander because no matter how small, they always seem mission critical.  It's exciting stuff and we hang on every bit of news.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey Twitter I Have A Few Questions Too  —  Lately Twitter has been cleaning house, raising money, doing interviews and actually talking to users.  In a blog post last week they did a Q&A session, directly answering questions about Twitter's architecture.  —  So I have a couple of questions …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Clearing the air with Twitter  —  Yesterday Evan Williams (co-founder of Twitter, his Twitter account is here) wrote me an email telling me he wasn't blaming me and trying to clear the air.  I said “can I come over?” to talk more about these issues face-to-face.
Lora Pabst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
North Oaks tells Google Maps: Keep out - we mean it  —  The St. Paul suburb with private roads may be the first U.S. city to ask that street images be removed.  —  You can look at almost anything on Google.  Just don't try to sneak a peek of the homes in the private community of North Oaks.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Digg
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Minnesota town tells Google Maps to get lost  —  A small town in Minnesota has told Google that its Street View feature can hit the road.  —  The community of North Oaks, a private community of 4,500 north of St. Paul, isn't too keen on outsiders traipsing through its privately owned streets—even if is only on the Internet.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Like.com's Creepy, But Effective, Facebook Ads  —  Is a picture worth a thousand clicks?  You've heard of contextual ads triggered by keywords on a Web page.  Now, get ready for contextual ads triggered by images on the page.  Visual-shopping search engine Like.com is running ads on Facebook …
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
Fred / A VC:
My Vision For Social Media  —  I don't have a particularly well thought out road map for investing in social media.  I just use the stuff as much as I can and I get urges to do things I can't do.  The rest of our team does the same thing.  Then we look for people addressing those urges.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Bought Me.com? .  Mac's New Name?  —  Earlier today, John Gruber of DaringFireball.net suggested that Me.com might be the name for Apple's .Mac rebranding.  There was no real evidence, however, except that Me.com was registered under MarkMonitor's domain service.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Indian publisher buys Virgin Radio for £53.2m  —  The publisher of the Times of India has bought Virgin Radio from SMG for £53.2m ($105.3m), in its first international acquisition and its first step towards an ambitious vision of creating a new music entertainment brand for the UK.
Discussion: Mashable! and paidContent.org
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Wikipedia 3.0: You can now edit any page on Mahalo  —  The most powerful feature of Wikipedia is that anyone can edit any page at any time.  This feature has allowed everyone to get involved, even if their contribution is bad.  The brilliance of this move is that the bad editors grow to be poor editors …
Discussion: The Next Web and RyanSpoon.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Offbeat Guides: Build your own travel books  —  David Sifry, founder and former CEO of Technorati, has apparently had enough of new media and of blogs.  His new venture is attacking a traditional business: printed travel guides.  —  Offbeat Guides is a service for printing customized travel books.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Susan Mernit's Blog
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Can Anything Replace My Old Reliable Friend?  —  IF you reach me on my cellphone when I'm home, I always ask, “Can I call you back on my landline?”  Then we enjoy a crystal-clear connection, and I say to myself, “Nothing matches POTS,” or Plain Old Telephone Service.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and VoIP Watch
Nick / Rough Type:
Understanding Amazon Web Services  —  There are two ways to look at Amazon.com: as a retailer, and as a software company that runs a retailing application.  Both are accurate, and in combination they explain why Amazon, rather than a traditional computer company, has become the most successful early mover …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Jonathan Blum / Fortune Small Business:
Why Macs still aren't right for most businesses
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
More Gray Tribute: Setting the benchmarks, and achieving immortality
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Bits
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.30.08  —  The Gillmor Gang talks with FriendFeed …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Mark Evans:
Net Neutrality Finally Rears Ugly Head in Canada
Dave Munger / Cognitive Daily:
Casual Fridays: Mac users don't like people touching their technology
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Google To Launch Large Scale Geo-Services
Discussion: DSLreports
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Friendfeed's “MicroMeme” Means For You, Brands, and The Web
Discussion: Furrier.org
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Toshiba ‘gets high resolution’ from current DVDs
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
TheWB.com Opens for a Peek
Dr. Jim Anderson / The Business Of IT:
Gartner Reveals Top 10 Technologies