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8:00 PM ET, June 28, 2008

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
State of the Twitter, June 2008  —  June was a terrible month in TwitterLand.  The service was down a lot.  It's basically down right now, has been for days — since the Replies tab doesn't work.  —  I've never seen anything like it.  A service so many people use that can't stay up.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Conversations Come To A Screaming Halt; Users Simply Move To Friendfeed  —  A key feature of Twitter has been down most of this week: Replies.  The core Twitter service itself is alive, but the team took the Reply feature down on Tuesday when the service started to slow.
Muhammad Saleem / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed: One Feature to The Tipping Point  —  I used to be annoyed by people who commented on my Twitter messages (tweets) in FriendFeed, rather than replying directly to me in Twitter (the platform I was using).  —  However with the introductions of Rooms, FriendFeed is no longer …
Mike Speiser / Laserlike:
Optimal startup burn rate and the Kelly criterion  —  In my last post, The Product, Part II: Technical architecture and the innovator's paradox I talked about the importance of staying in the game and linked to a Wikipedia article on the Kelly criterion.  In the comments, entrepreneur …
Discussion: yardley.ca and Texas Startup Blog
Matt Cutts / The Official Google Blog:
Using data to fight webspam  —  This post is the latest in an ongoing series about how we harness the data we collect to improve our products and services for our users.  - Ed.  —  As the head of the webspam team at Google, I'm in charge of making sure your search results are as relevant and informative as possible.
Engadget:
Bill Gates: top ten greatest hits (and misses) - the Microsoft years  —  Damn, Bill, you have come a LONG way.  Look at you there back in '82, you handsome devil.  As part of our tribute, let's take a quick look back at the top ten greatest (and not so great) products created on Bill-time, shall we?
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Bob F / I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:   Go Home, Bill  —  This is the last week of full-time work …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want Some Facebook Stock At A $3 Billion Valuation?  We Know Who To Call.  —  Facebook may have talked a few investors, including Microsoft, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and Germany's Samwer brothers, into investing in the company's preferred stockat a $15 billion valuation.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
The Technium:
The Google Way of Science  —  There's a dawning sense that extremely large databases of information, starting in the petabyte level, could change how we learn things.  The traditional way of doing science entails constructing a hypothesis to match observed data or to solicit new data.
Discussion: A Networked World
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Blaze for Verizon: the touch screen war hasn't stopped yet  —  Ooooh!  It's purdy and shiny.  Yes, yes, y'all — another Motorola scoop.  This time, we're switching gears from non-autofocusness to touch screens.  There's also very little doubt the Motorola Blaze isn't coming to Big Red.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Venture Investors Wrap Up an Unusually Bleak Quarter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — So far this has been a challenging year for companies hoping to go public.  But it has been even rougher on venture capitalists who were hoping to get a big payday from such an offering.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses One Of Their Top Deal Guys - One More Exec Gone  —  As anyone could guess, the Yahoo executive exodus continues.  Kent Goldman, Yahoo's Director of Corporate Development and one of their top deal guys, is rumored to be leaving the company.  Goldman joined Yahoo in 2004 as Director …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Startup Meme
Ken Belson / New York Times:
With Wireless Network, City Agencies Have More Eyes in More Places  —  Rigor mortis had set in by the time Joseph Mauro, a supervisor with the Department of Sanitation, drove by a dead opossum on Park Drive East in the Kew Gardens Hills section of Queens.  —  Checking a map on the computer mounted …
 
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Discussion: Digg
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
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Quentin Carnicelli / Under The Microscope:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI Music Sues Hi5, VideoEgg and Ten Defendants To Be Named Later
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
I can't stand anonymity in the gaming industry
Discussion: Destructoid, GoNintendo and Joystiq