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1:20 AM ET, June 2, 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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebGuild
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 …
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.
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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
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 …
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
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Offbeat Guides: Build your own travel books
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter and the importance of architecture
Discussion: Scobleizer and Feedonomics
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 …
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 …
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 …
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!
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Coming Soon To CBS: Video Sharing For “CSI,” “Star Trek,” and Katie Couric  —  Feel the need to grab, clip and share digital clips of “CSI,” “Star Trek” or the “Evening News with Katie Couric?”  Now you can do it, legally.  CBS Interactive (CBS) is rolling out a new version of its digital video player …
 
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Elizabeth A. Thomson / MIT News:
MIT develops a ‘paper towel’ for oil spills
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Safari pwns Internet Explorer
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