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9:35 AM ET, June 29, 2008

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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: HipMojo.com and Joe Duck
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
For Sale: Facebook Shares, 67% Off
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Luis Suarez / New York Times:
I Freed Myself From E-Mail's Grip  —  EARLIER this year, I became tired of my usual morning ritual of spending hours catching up on e-mail.  So I did something drastic to take back control of my productivity.  —  I stopped using e-mail most of the time.  I quickly realized that the more messages …
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sales Guy vs. Web Dude  —  I saw this on Dave Winer's Friendfeed stream yesterday.  It's just too good not to post, even though its staged.  Some adult language in there, and one NSFW image at the end.  —  The website for this show is usually at www.thewebsiteisdown.com …
Discussion: Delicate Genius Blog
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NBC's Totalitarian Olympics: More on Restrictions; Online Video Only After TV Broadcast  —  And here I was rejoicing that finally we could do away with the lame soft-focus athlete stories and parochial commentary from NBCU with this Olympics: Yes, the company will have 2,200 hours of live competition …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
NBC offers wide online access for Beijing Olympics
1938 Media:
Open Letter To Shel Israel - It's Over  —  When I first started my career, you made it a point to bury me online, and more importantly back channel as well.  This is a fact.  You and your crew went out of your way to take food off my plate.  I never forgot that, and now you have something you'll never forget.
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: Data Mining and 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: Tech Blog, Lockergnome, Engadget and Gizmodo
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Smoking Gun  —  As Bill Gates closed the door for the final time Friday on his ex-office (Ballmer takes over Monday) the rhetoric about continued one day a week doesn't match the reality.  Whether you believe Bill will have an ongoing role in Office and Windows futures …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry BIS 2.5 presentation, OS 4.5 not coming 'til September!  —  By now you all have heard that BlackBerry BIS 2.5 is rolling out to U.S. carriers on June 29th.  Heck, there's even going to be some downtime.  But, maybe that isn't enough?  Maybe you'd like more information.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Cloud At Work For NSF, Academia  —  Christophe Bisciglia, Senior Software Engineer at Google, talks to NewTeeVee's Chris Albrecht at our Structure 08 conference and discusses how Google is bring cloud computing to academia including the National Science Foundation.
louisgray.com:
New NoiseRiver App Adds Interest Filters to FriendFeed Stream … As FriendFeed has grown its user base, the number of people to follow and items they add to their personal streams is increasing.  Some are finding the resulting noise to be too much in its native form.
Marshall Kirkpatrick:
Screen Shots: How I Use RSS to Track Thousands of News Sources Easily  —  The most common topic I give training presentations on is the use of RSS for tracking issues important to various organizations.  This has been the heart of what I've focused on since I first got involved in this industry, that hasn't changed.
 
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Financial Times:
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Techmeme and the Noise Problem
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Davidw / Joho the Blog:
[reboot] Jyri Engestrom on “Nodal Points”
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
State of the Twitter, June 2008
Vinicy Chan / Reuters:
China Mobile says iPhone talks scale biggest hurdle
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Speiser / Laserlike:
Optimal startup burn rate and the Kelly criterion
Bob F / I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Go Home, Bill  —  This is the last week of full-time work …
Matt Cutts / The Official Google Blog:
Using data to fight webspam
Ken Belson / New York Times:
With Wireless Network, City Agencies Have More Eyes in More Places