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1:35 AM ET, June 22, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Trends For Websites Rocks, Unless You Want Data On Google  —  The new Google Trends product that measures website traffic (the old product simply measures search queries) is a great way to get data on website traffic.  It may not be perfect, but it's yet another data source …
Fred / A VC:
Checking Out Google Trends For Websites  —  I need to start this post with an important disclosure.  I was on the Board of ComScore for nine years from the summer of 1999 until earlier this month.  And I am still a shareholder in ComScore through the Flatiron partnerships.
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
MySpace versus Facebook: Analysis of both traffic and ad revenue, using Google Trends  —  (above, Facebook beating MySpace in Australia with the crossover at Oct 07)  —  MySpace versus Facebook  —  As some of you know, I've previously written about the MySpace versus Facebook topic, both a year ago in the post Wanna bet?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Facebook's Overseas Growth Matter?  —  Earlier this month, I shared with you my post that called for a big wake-up call for Social Networking sector, thanks to the presence of too many me-too players at a time when recent traffic trends are showing signs of hitting a plateau.
Discussion: Mashable!, and TechCrunch
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Surviving the Net  —  Who controls TinyURL (or Snurl or other URL shortener) controls the high ground in the battle for the Internet platform.  Here's why: Our brains are wired to protect ourselves from threats to our food, oxygen, and water sources.  Most attacks on our supply chains come …
Arn / MacRumors:
WWDC Snow Leopard and Safari 4 Screenshots  —  German site has posted (via Engadget) screenshots from Safari 4 as well as Apple's preview release of Snow Leopard given to developers at WWDC.  —  Not surprisingly, since the next version of Mac OS X is being billed as having few new features …
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Predicting Where You'll Go and What You'll Like  —  THAT hoariest of real estate truisms — location, location, location — may soon be a clarion call for all sorts of businesses.  —  We're in the midst of a boom in devices that show where people are at any point in time.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Where In The World Is Jerry Yang?  —  People have been wondering about Jerry Yang all week.  He's been quiet since the NYTimes article calling for his head was published last weekend.  —  This isn't an issue of him simply being out of town.  He was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday meeting …
Discussion: and Forbes
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Says It Doesn't Need Evidence to Convict Pirates  —  Threat Level reports that the MPAA now argues that it has the right to demand up to $150,000 in damages per illegally downloaded file, without having to proof that someone actually downloaded that file.  —  Yes we know, this doesn't make sense at all.
Discussion: Zeropaid File Sharing … and Digg
Michael Hirschorn / New York Times:
Success Story 2  —  Great paradigm-shifting narratives — entrepreneurs seeing clarity where others saw only fog — often have a feeling of manifest destiny about them.  What's striking about David A. Price's history of Pixar, the computer animation studio behind “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles” …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell pushes back desktop XP cutoff date to June 26  —  Sure, you'll be able to pay out the nose for a Vista machine with a XP Professional “downgrade” soon enough, but Dell just pushed back its cutoff for straight-up XP machines.  They'll be selling select Inspiron and XPS desktop …
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Evolution of Gmail chat  —  Often, the features we launch seem so simple that you might think they're the result of blatantly obvious design decisions.  In fact, every feature is subjected to a healthy dose of scrutiny within the Gmail team, and usually that includes rapidly iterating …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
May Search Market Share Update: Crowd Sourcing Works!
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Jerry / The Secret Diary of [Steve Jobs] Jerry Yang:
Confession: Sue Decker hits me, and I'm too ashamed to seek help
Mmpc / Microsoft® Malware Protection Center:
Taterf - all your drives are belong to me!!!1!one!
Discussion: CrunchGear and Hardware 2.0
Interview with Alan Taylor, Creator of Boston Globe's The Big Picture
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers makes new BlackBerry plans official
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Soble / Financial Times:
Malone gives poor reception to free online TV
Discussion: Mashable! and
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
NebuAd hires like spyware, acts like spyware
confused of calcutta:
“It's some guy in North Carolina singing your songs”
Jonathan Simon / Official Google Webmaster …:
Get Cooking with the Webmaster Tools API
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Dear Yahoo, I Quit! Signed, [Your Name Here]