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11:25 PM ET, May 18, 2009

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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.
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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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Luke Shepard / Facebook Developers:
Facebook Supports OpenID for Automatic Login  —  In continuing with our efforts toward greater openness, we are excited to announce that Facebook is now an OpenID relying party.  We've been engaging with the OpenID community for a while now.  We'll be the largest relying party so far …
Discussion: Webmonkey and AppScout
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Dam Just Broke: Facebook Opens Up to OpenID
Discussion: The Real McCrea
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.)
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.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
In Mac vs. PC Battle, Microsoft Winning in Value Perception  —  View Has Shifted Dramatically Among Young Demo Since ‘Laptop Hunters’ Campaign  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Apple may have some of the most interesting online ads we've seen in a while, but Microsoft's recent push to paint …
Discussion: Technologizer
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar, Thanks:atul
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Mint.com May Begin Selling Access to Anonymous Consumer Data  —  Mint Software Inc., an online service that helps consumers track every dime they spend, has a goal for its own pocketbook: boosting sales as much as 10-fold this year.  —  To fuel revenue, the company may start charging …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sims 3 leaked to torrent sites weeks before retail release  —  While EA may be backing off the practice of using invasive DRM in its games, piracy continues.  The newest casualty?  Sims 3 has leaked to the torrent sites two weeks before the game's release.
Jeremy Wagstaff / loose wire blog:
Telling the Story in the Third Dimension  —  The bitter end of the Tamil Tigers has been fought away from the news crews, but not the satellites.  —  But did we make the most of this technology to tell the story of human suffering and the end of a 35-year guerrilla movement?
Discussion: Glass House
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
The IAB Sets Some Standards For Social Ads  —  Editor's note: Nick Gonzalez is a Director of Marketing at SocialMedia.com, which makes “People Powered Ad” products.  —  Before the advent of ad standards from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the online advertising world was fragmented between any number of display formats.
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 …
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.
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 …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
13,000 offer up DNA to put their genomes online  —  Study among first to offer data to computer scientists  —  Computerworld - Since opening to the public late last month, The Personal Genome Project has signed up 13,000 volunteers who will donate genetic material for the benefit of gene research worldwide.
Discussion: Slashdot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt's Commencement Address At Carnegie Mellon (Video)  —  Here's Google CEO Eric Schmidt's commencement address at Carnegie Mellon's 112th commencement ceremony, held yesterday.  (Via @CarnegieMellon)  —  Schmidt's talk to the audience, which he refers to as the ‘Facebook and Google generation’ …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Search Engine Wolfram Alpha Launches With Big Dreams And No Chance  —  Another next-generation search engine launches.  It looks more differentiated than the much-ado-about-nothing known as Cuil, but that's not saying much.  —  Our prediction: Wolfram Alpha (terrible name) …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Case Closed: NebuAd Shuts Down  —  Behavioral targeting company NebuAd effectively shuttered on Friday, according to court documents.  —  The closing came to light over the weekend, when lawyers filed a letter notifying U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco about the closure.
Discussion: MediaMemo
 
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Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Leaked: Nokia Bringing Maemo To Phones, Could Be Ad-Supported
Orlando Sentinel:
Who are top Tweeters? UCF grads' site tells
Discussion: Etan on Tech
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: Apple Is Building a New Helpdesk Operation: New Product …
Discussion: TheAppleBlog and Softpedia News
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Teddy Wayne / New York Times:
Social Networks Eclipse E-Mail
Discussion: Sexy Widget and Internet Evolution
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
For Wired, a Revival Lacks Ads
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Miguel Bustillo / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Makes Electronics Push
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Napster relaunching, again: $5 per month streaming plus five free downloads