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7:45 AM ET, May 19, 2009

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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
Discussion: The Real McCrea
Luke Shepard / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Supports OpenID for Automatic Login
Discussion: Webmonkey and AppScout
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why is Apple Rejecting PhoneGap-Built iPhone Apps?  —  PhoneGap is a very interesting development platform for mobile applications that lets developers build apps that work for multiple devices, including the iPhone, using only HTML and Javascript.  That means far more people are able to develop mobile applications.
Discussion: Web Developer's Life in Beta and Ajaxian, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 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.
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
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.
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: broadstuff, Shooting at Bubbles and Gawker, Thanks:atul
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 …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Race to Provide Wi-Fi at 30,000 Feet  —  SOME airlines are rushing to offer Wi-Fi Internet connections in their domestic aircraft cabins, but none are talking about the space squeeze.  —  On an AirTran Airways Wi-Fi demonstration flight that went up and back down the Northeast seaboard …
Discussion: The Toybox
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Is In Real Trouble If These Page View Declines Don't Reverse  —  We've all been closely watching the total user number for MySpace and Facebook and trying to predict the date that MySpace's last stronghold will fall - no. 1 in U.S. social networking users.
Thanks:atul
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre counting down to a June 6th launch?  —  Know what happens in the run-up to a major product launch?  Rumors are mongered and advertisements are sold, lots and lots of ads.  So we're not surprised to find the two colliding in the shape of an un-calibrated (not Pre calibrated …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns Down $8 billion Valuation Term Sheet, Claims 2009 Revenues Will Be $550 million  —  In the last couple of weeks Facebook received and turned down a term sheet for a new $200 million venture round of funding that would value the company at $8 billion, we've learned from a source …
Discussion: Wallen's
Sindya N. Bhanoo / Washington Post:
Doctors and Medical Students Embrace Smartphones  —  To his frustration, Steven Schwartz often encounters patients who have no idea what each of the pills they've been popping is called.  —  “But usually they can tell you what it looks like,” the Georgetown University Medical Center family practitioner said.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
Softpedia News:
Microsoft My Phone Beta Free for All  —  The Redmond company opens up the testing process  —  Microsoft has opened up the testing process for its mobile phone - Cloud synchronization service.  As of May 18, 2009, all users can start test driving Microsoft My Phone.
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenSSH chink bares encrypted data packets  —  One in 262,144 chance = good odds  —  Free whitepaper - Cashing in on banking security and compliance  —  Cryptographers are urging users of a widely employed network protocol to make sure they're running the latest version after discovering …
Linuxpundit / LinuxPundit Weblog:
Netbooks: Up from Phones, Not Down from Notebooks  —  Last week I began a discussion of whether Linux will survive as an OS for netbooks.  I received a number of comments, some highlighting which netbook OEMs favored which Linux distros, other despairing at the paucity of verifiable market numbers (a distress that I share).
Discussion: The Open Road and Open Source
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
13,000 offer up DNA to put their genomes online
Discussion: Slashdot and digg.com
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
IPO Window Cracked? Or Cracked Open?
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Telling the Story in the Third Dimension
Discussion: Glass House
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ian Deitch / Associated Press:
Israeli intelligence issues Facebook warning
Discussion: Beyond Search
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