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7:10 PM ET, June 1, 2008

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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.
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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.
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.
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:
Walking around Paris with Dave Sifry  —  I was sworn to secrecy about what we were doing in Paris last December.  You thought I was there to attend and speak at the LeWeb conference.  I was.  But we also were testing out Dave Sifry's new business idea, which he now calls Offbeat Guides.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Founder Dave Sifry Takes On Travel Guide Industry  —  Technorati founder Dave Sifry, who left the company a little over a year ago, is launching a new company called Offbeat Guides this morning into private beta.  Sifry's blog post on the launch is here.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Offbeat Guides: Build your own travel books
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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 and Digg
John Markoff / Bits:
A Tribute to Jim Gray: Sometimes Nice Guys Do Finish First  —  For a half-decade, the San Francisco bureau of the New York Times had a remarkable resource.  Just five floors above us were the offices of Microsoft's Bay Area Research Center and more specifically, Gordon Bell and Jim Gray …
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:   More Gray Tribute: Setting the benchmarks, and achieving immortality
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.
Discussion: I4U News
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
The Planet Hosting Had a Fire; Excellent Communications Throughout  —  Major Web hosting company The Planet is currently down and experiencing an outage due to a fire in their Houston data center.  Craig has provided the following summary of the events:  — Electrical transformer explosion at ThePlanet's Houston datacenter.
Rahul Sood / Rahul Sood's Weblog:
Ugh, it was my birthday...  My friend over at PhoneTag, James Siminoff, thought it would be funny to hand over a Macbook Air as a “gift” after I blew out the candle on a birthday cake.  I immediately used it to cut the cake, it's so damn sharp it did a fine job.  People thought it was funny enough to blog.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechCrunch and Engadget
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: Mashable! and Lost Remote
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Indian publisher buys Virgin Radio for £53.2m
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 05.30.08  —  The Gillmor Gang talks with FriendFeed …
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Dave Munger / Cognitive Daily:
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Wikipedia 3.0: You can now edit any page on Mahalo
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Can Anything Replace My Old Reliable Friend?
Discussion: VoIP Blog and VoIP Watch
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