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6:55 PM ET, June 17, 2008

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Mshapiro / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox 3 coming soon!  —  The outpouring of interest and enthusiasm around Firefox 3 has been overwhelming (literally!).  Our servers are currently feeling the burn and should be back to normal shortly.  Download day will officially commence once the site goes live.  The 24 hours period will be clocked from that moment.
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Download Firefox 3 Today: Firefox Download Day to Set a Guiness World Record  —  Firefox 3 will be released today which makes today Firefox Download Day 2008.  —  To build its user base, Mountain View-based Mozilla will attempt a Guinness World's Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Firefox 3 download fiesta: Ready, set, kaboom  —  The world record download attempt for Firefox 3 is off to a rough start.  —  Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT (Mozilla's official launch time) I went to spreadfirefox.com and got the following:  —  I'm sure Mozilla will fix this little glitch …
Michael Horowitz / Defensive Computing:
Hold off on Firefox version 3  —  I love Firefox.  Usually it goes hand-in-hand with Defensive Computing, as Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer.  But not today, not with the release of version 3 of Firefox.  —  Don't install Firefox version 3.  Not today. not for a while.
Discussion: BBC and Computerworld
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3: New front in the browser war
GigaOM:
Firefox 3: Good PR, Poor Execution — The launch of the final version …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Changing Way
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Firefox 3 Launches, Servers Crash
Discussion: WinBeta
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Flash Coming To Apple's iPhone — Maybe, Someday (AAPL, ADBE)  —  Adobe's Flash animation/video player, missing from the 3G iPhone that Apple unveiled last week, could still make its way to Apple's phone sooner or later, via the iPhone's third-party apps program.  If Apple lets it get there.
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
SproutCore: rich web apps in JavaScript, no Flash needed
Discussion: jd/adobe, Roughly Drafted and webmonkey
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
Adobe Flash running on iPhone emulator; too slow for real devices?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
comScore:
More than 4 Billion Videos Viewed at Google Sites  —  In April, Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with more than 4.1 billion videos viewed (38 percent share of all videos), as YouTube.com accounted for 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
comScore: Video Views Drop in April
Discussion: Web Scout and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Goes Down and Stays Down  —  Google App Engine, which launched in April to compete with Amazon's web services unit, has been having major problems over the last day.  Currently, the application directory and, more importantly, all third party applications (here's our test application), are offline.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo  —  Photo sharing site Flickr is one of the leading lights of Yahoo - but cofounders (and husband/wife team) Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield won't be around to keep driving the product forward.  They are both joining the mass exodus of executives from the company.
The Technium:
One Dead Media  —  One of my suppositions is that technologies rarely go extinct — on the global level.  Usually someone, somewhere will continue to employ the most ancient technology.  There are probably more people making swords by hand now than in the past.
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost CEO: We've Figured It Out This Time  —  Two years ago, in the wake of Google's $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube, Joost was suposed to solve a very 2006 dilemma: Fearful media companies wanted to distribute their video over the Internet, but didn't know how they'd do it.  —  But that was then.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Associated Press: Fair Use Limits You To Four Words; Five Words Costs $12.50  —  As we wait with bated breath for the Associated Press to come down from the mountain with its own rules for “fair use for bloggers,” Patrick Nielsen Hayden gives us a sense of what the AP considers fair use (found via Boing Boing).
Meraj Chhaya / PhoneReport v2.0:
HTC: Android Q4, Windows Mobile 7 Q1 09  —  At the HTC Touch Diamond launch in South Africa, I had the opportunity to have a little chat with Kevin Chen, General Manager of HTC for MEA and CIS.  Besides having an in-depth explanation on the innovations that the Touch Diamond brings …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Did Hulu Just “Kick YouTube's Ass”?  —  Mark Cuban has a must-read post over at Blog Maverick looking at Internet television service Hulu and Google's struggle to make its investment in YouTube pay off.  —  Cuban argues that Google made a billion-dollar mistake buying YouTube, and that Hulu is “kicking YouTube's ass”.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Launches Blog Ad Network, Technorati Media  —  Blog-focused advertising networks are all the rage right now, with both Federated Media and Glam pulling down big valuation financing rounds in the last few months based on very early growth metrics.  Other startups, like Six Apart …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown's Short List of Yahoo CEOs (Sorry Jerry, but Fortune Favors the Prepared)  —  Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has asked for it, although he has gone all kittenish now, after realizing his scheme to get Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Yahoo (YHOO) was over, once Yahoo signed on with Google …
 
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Facebook and Google still not ready to connect friends
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Tiger Woods Scores Big for NBCSports.com
Anne Saini / Nielsen Media Research:
U.S. Advertising Spending Is Flat In First Quarter 2008, Nielsen Reports
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CBS Relaunches Dotspotter As TheInsider.com
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Vaja Ivolution is Leather Protection, Not Gimp Suit for MacBook Air
Discussion: Crave and Mobility Site
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's New NYC Office: Expensive, And Under Construction
Discussion: Macsimum News
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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 Earlier Items: 
PC World:
EA Releases Spore Creature Creator
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Video Embeds Disabled? Or Outage?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
NaviGadget:
nuviphone white  —  A reader sent us a couple of pics …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Fred / A VC:
Why Widgets Is The Wrong Word For What We're Doing
louisgray.com:
LOUD3R Launches Massive Semantically-Driven Network
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
IBM won't open source DB2. Is this a surprise?
Discussion: Open Sources
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
MySpace spammer shrugs off $6 million penalty
Dominic White / Telegraph:
O2 sees interest soars for lower-price iPhone