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1:50 AM ET, June 2, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Webtop Watch: Adobe Launches Acrobat.com and Releases Acrobat 9 (With Flash).  —  Continuing its push to become a major provider of Webtop software, Adobe is releasing two new products on Monday: Acrobat.com and Acrobat 9.  Adobe's Webtop arsenal already includes the recently launched online version …
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Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:
Adobe Acrobat takes big online leap  —  Adobe unveiled an online community Monday with a word processor; file storage and sharing; and deep tie-ins to a newly Flash-enabled Acrobat 9.  —  The online push for Acrobat is a bold move for a brand perhaps best associated with the free …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Adobe pushes Acrobat into online office space against Microsoft, Google  —  Vendor launches beta of hosted collaboration service; Acrobat 9 update also on tap  —  Computerworld) Adobe Systems Inc.'s Acrobat software, long popular as a way to share, print and archive documents …
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
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebGuild
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Human Hands Behind the Google Money Machine  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — If Google were the United States government, the data that streams onto Nicholas Fox's laptop every day would be classified as top secret.  —  Mr. Fox is among a small group of Google employees who keep a watchful eye …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Social Networks 1% rule or The Community Pyramid  —  What is the social network 1% rule?  Generally in a group of 100 people online, one will create content, 10 will “interact” with it (commenting or adding to it) and the other 89 will just view it.  But, everyone benefits from the activities of the whole group.
Discussion: Web Strategy
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Cool Features in Firefox 3  —  If you decide to upgrade from Firefox 2 to the first release candidate of Firefox 3, you'll notice an improved performance, less memory leaks, a revamped interface and some very interesting new features:  —  * select discontinuous text - press Ctrl …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Google Has to Advertise  —  Giant Markets Maps App Using the One Medium It's Never Sold: Outdoor  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google has built the most powerful brand in the world with nary a bit of brand advertising.  But as ads for Google Maps crop up on buses in San Francisco and trains in Chicago …
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Startup to take on Bluetooth  —  A Palo Alto startup is betting it can replace Bluetooth, the wireless standard, using another popular and familiar technology: Wi-Fi.  —  Ozmo Devices is introducing a set of products and software today that allow device manufacturers to connect laptops …
Cate Doty / New York Times:
College Alumni Magazines Struggle to Compete With Facebook  —  Most people read their college alumni magazines for the class notes, immediately flipping to the back to see who was married, had a baby or was promoted to an envy-inducing job.  The columns tend to be meatiest at this time of year — class reunion season.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Syncing vs. saving, and the case for a home storage cloud  —  This article was inspired by a post from Steve Foskett on Dell's The Future of Storage site.  In his post, Foskett tries to make the case for the “Home SAN.”  While I'm not convinced that the answer to all my home storage problems is a …
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.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Walking around Paris with Dave Sifry
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Webware.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Soceeo launches a white label social network creator, hopes to compete with the big boys already out there  —  White label social networking platforms is a crowded field.  Already out there is Wetpaint, Grou.ps and of course, the $560 million-valued Ning, among others.
Discussion: ben barren
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter and the importance of architecture  —  The Twitter guys have been getting a lot of flak over the past few months (and rightly so, in many cases) for the unreliability of their app.  But I think they should get some props for opening up and talking about what's going on over there.
Discussion: Scobleizer and Feedonomics
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Virgin Radio Sold To Times of India Publisher For $106 Million  —  Indian media company Bennett, Coleman & Co, owner of Times of India newspaper, has made its biggest international buy: it has bought out UK's Virgin Radio for about $106 million.  SMG, the Scottish broadcaster, owner of Virgin Radio …
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Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Indian publisher buys Virgin Radio for £53.2m
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Elizabeth A. Thomson / MIT News:
MIT develops a ‘paper towel’ for oil spills
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
The Planet Hosting Had a Fire; Excellent Communications Throughout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Like.com's Creepy, But Effective, Facebook Ads
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Bought Me.com? . Mac's New Name?
 

 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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