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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches OpenID Support - Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts  —  Last month, Facebook announced that users would soon be able to login to the site via OpenID.  Today, Facebook has officially become an OpenID relying party: users can now register for Facebook using their Gmail accounts …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Dam Just Broke: Facebook Opens Up to OpenID  —  In a few minutes Facebook will become the biggest example of a social network that allows users to log-in with OpenID credentials granted to them by other companies' websites.  Major networks have said for months that their ID could be used as OpenID …
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Luke Shepard / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Supports OpenID for Automatic Login
Discussion: Webmonkey and AppScout
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter sees tools, not ads, for revenue  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter is working on various ways to make money from its fast-growing microblogging service, but advertising is an option that is not currently being considered.  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said on Monday that the company …
Jim / craigslist blog:
An Apology Is In Order  —  Dear South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster,  —  Two days ago you accused craigslist, and me personally, of engaging in criminal acts, reiterating your previous threat to file unwarranted and unconstitutional charges against us that are clearly barred by federal law.
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Welcome, Wired.  We call this land “Internet”  —  Here's the problem with Wired: They think print matters.  Background: Stephanie Clifford warns that Wired may be about to die.  Ad sales are down 50%, putting it just above Power and Motoryacht at the bottom of Condé Nast's portfolio of magazines.
Discussion: Bloggasm
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Wired, a Revival Lacks Ads
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Stanford's free iPhone course hits 1 million downloads  —  Stanford University on Monday said its free iPhone Application Programming course has been downloaded more than 1 million times since being uploaded to Apple's iTunes U—a learning-focused area of iTunes—seven weeks ago.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dell launches netbooks for education market  —  Netbook computers for web browsing and emailing are taking off like wildfire, and now Dell has thrown its hat in the ring with a netbook for the education market.  —  The new Dell Latitude 2100 has a 10.1-inch screen and a touch-screen surface designed for student-teacher interaction.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harvard prof tells judge that P2P filesharing is “fair use”  —  Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson is headed to federal court this summer to defend an accused file-swapper, and he plans to mount a novel defense: P2P sharing is simply “fair use.”  —  Wholesale copying of music on P2P networks is fair use.
Discussion: Techgeist and digg.com
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey on user retention, Facebook comparisons  —  Twitter creator Jack Dorsey says the service needs to do a better job of hooking new users.  Credit: carrotcreative via Flickr  —  The mastermind behind Twitter isn't denying that his website has a problem keeping new users.
Andrew Nusca / The Toybox:
Is Windows 7 really too expensive?  —  It's not even on store shelves yet, but Windows 7 might come with a price tag that may be a higher hurdle than expected for some early adopters.  —  Windows 7 is beating Vista in just about every other aspect, but the expected higher average selling price …
AppleInsider:
Series of YouTube videos show off Apple's Snow Leopard  —  A YouTube user going by the name ‘LeopardOctober’ has recently posted over a half dozen videos taken from recent pre-release builds of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system, showing off everything from QuickLook movie playback to the new QuickTime X interface.
Rafe Needleman / The Download Blog:
Flock 2.5 launches with support for Twitter, more services  —  Statistically, Flock is probably not for you.  This Web browser, the 2.5 version of which is coming out today, is “designed to be the essential browser for the most active 25 percent of users,” Flock CEO Shawn Hardin tells me.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Slim PS3 update: mysterious Chinese firm issues a cease and desist... to Engadget  —  You know, one of these days, someone at one of these big companies is going to get this right.  If you send a cease and desist about “leaked” photos of a supposed device, you're basically saying, “Hey guys, those pictures are real.”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Glympse: A Hassle And Worry-Free Way To Share Your Location, Minus The Social Network  —  We've all been there.  You're late for a meeting with friends, stuck in traffic and unsure of when you're actually going to arrive.  You call them with updates like “well, I'm closer now, but still not sure …
Discussion: TechFlash, Xconomy and Bloomberg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mobile Abandons Its Smartphone App To Focus On The iPhone  —  Score another one for the iPhone.  Yahoo is abandoning its mobile app for the Blackberry and other smartphones in order to focus more on its recently relaunched iPhone app.  For every other phone, it is concentrating …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Supreme Court May Kill Sarbanes Oxley And Resurrect IPO Market!  —  One reason Silicon Valley is struggling is that there's no longer an IPO market.  This is making it difficult for VCs to exit investments, putting pressure on company valuations, making it harder to hire and retain people, driving companies to the London markets, etc.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Cheaper iPhone Plans from AT&T?  —  AT&T may offer lower-cost data plans for iPhones, which would attract new subscribers and force smartphone rivals to cut prices, too  —  Victor Lin wants an iPhone, but he's put off by the price.  The smartphone costs at least $199 up front …
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Staffing Answers  —  Concerned a brain drain could hurt its long-term ability to compete, Google Inc. is tackling the problem with its typical tool: an algorithm.  —  The Internet search giant recently began crunching data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories …
Howard Lindzon:
Stocktwits Closes and A Round of Financing  —  We are happy to announce that True Ventures has invested in Stocktwits to help us build and Grow faster.  —  It is fun to be an entrepreneur and an investor in the web space and with True Ventures we get a partner with the same philosophies.
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Israeli intelligence issues Facebook warning  —  Israel's internal intelligence service urged the public Monday to exercise caution when using Facebook, saying Arabs are trying to recruit spies on the popular social networking site.  —  The Shin Bet security agency warned Israelis …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst: Zombie Seattle Paper Doing Better Than the Original  —  I'm still on record predicting the demise of seattlepi.com-the online-only zombie version of the erstwhile Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  My gut is that even though the Hearst-owned site has an edit staff 80 percent smaller …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
IPO Window Cracked?  Or Cracked Open?  —  This should be an interesting week for companies ready to test the public markets, with restaurant reservations company Open Table and data management company SolarWinds preparing initial public offerings; and in an environment like this one …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Peter Thiel On Valleywag; It's the “Silicon Valley Equivalent of Al Qaeda”  —  Peter Thiel is known for many things, from his hedge fund, Clarium Capital, to his venture capital firm, Founders Fund, to his role as the original CEO of PayPal — whose 2002 sale to eBay famously netted Thiel, then 34, roughly $60 million.
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Google builds Street View trikes to map UK footpaths  —  To advance its Street View service this summer, Google is poised to unleash the unstoppable power of human legs.  —  Traditionally, the average road car finds it problematic to traverse the terrain of the British footpath.  But bicycles do not.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Facebook: $20 Million a Year on Data Centers  —  A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.  —  Facebook appears to be spending $20 million to $25 million a year for the data center space that houses its servers, according to an analysis of the company's data center infrastructure.
Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Mac Decline Could Be Worse This Quarter  —  Updated with NPD Group estimates for Apple's April Mac shipments.  —  Apple (AAPL) could face its second straight quarter of year-over-year declines in its Mac business.  (And only its second negative quarter since 2003.)
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Begins Stress Testing Push Notification Servers  —  And so it begins.  With WWDC and presumably the release of iPhone OS 3.0 just around the corner, Apple has deemed it time to begin stress-testing their Push Notification servers.  We just received a letter from a (very) trusted source …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The myth of the parasitical bloggers  —  (updated below)  —  Maureen Dowd's wholesale, uncredited copying of a paragraph written by Josh Marshall (an act Dowd has now admitted) — for what I yesterday called her “uncharacteristically cogent and substantive column”— highlights a point I've been meaning to make for awhile.
 
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
13,000 offer up DNA to put their genomes online
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Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Case Closed: NebuAd Shuts Down
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Leaked: Nokia Bringing Maemo To Phones, Could Be Ad-Supported
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Orlando Sentinel:
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: Apple Is Building a New Helpdesk Operation: New Product …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Softpedia News
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Mint.com May Begin Selling Access to Anonymous Consumer Data
Teddy Wayne / New York Times:
Social Networks Eclipse E-Mail
Discussion: Sexy Widget and Internet Evolution
AdAge:
App Revenue Is Poised to Surpass Facebook Revenue
Discussion: CNET News
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sims 3 leaked to torrent sites weeks before retail release