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5:15 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: Joe Duck
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
For Sale: Facebook Shares, 67% Off  —  What is Facebook really worth?  We know it's not worth $15 billion — earlier this week a federal court, ruling on the ConnectU case, confirmed that the company has already placed a different value on its shares than the one they publicly announced as part of last fall's Microsoft deal.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
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
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
Discussion: Mashable! and HipMojo.com
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.
Discussion: Scripting News
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Techmeme and the Noise Problem  —  Bitchmeming about Techmeme has long been a favorite past-time of bored early adopters over numerous weekends in the last year.  The arguments are usually similar, and revolve around variations of Techmeme is to focused on reporting news from large companies …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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.
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
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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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.
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.
 
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Financial Times:
Verizon wants Vodafone deal
Davidw / Joho the Blog:
[reboot] Jyri Engestrom on “Nodal Points”
Discussion: Infocult
Vinicy Chan / Reuters:
China Mobile says iPhone talks scale biggest hurdle
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses One Of Their Top Deal Guys - One More Exec Gone
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Startup Meme
Ken Belson / New York Times:
With Wireless Network, City Agencies Have More Eyes in More Places
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
The Brains Behind the Image Fulgurator
Discussion: Digg
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Meet Tech Teentrepreneur Daniel Brusilovsky
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
WBD says it intends to match one of the offers for NBA rights; a source says it is targeting the package from Amazon, which is for about $1.8B per year

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: former UK Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi approached billionaire backers like the Reuben family to prepare a £600M bid for The Daily Telegraph and Spectator

Dylan Donnelly / Sky News:
A Russian court sentences Russian-American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva to six and a half years in prison for spreading “false info” about Russian army

 
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