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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Craigslist Gets Restraining Order Against A.G.  —  After weeks of bluster about Craigslist, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster agreed today to a temporary order preventing him from bringing criminal charges against company executives.  —  “Until the court rules on the merits …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
McMaster's Final Humiliation: Federal Smack Down (Restraining Order Below)  —  South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster gets served his final humiliation: a federal judge, U.S. District Judge Weston Houck, blocked him from prosecuting Craigslist management, at least until he's made a final decision on the case.
Discussion: CNET News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pew Center illustrates how Craigslist is killing newspapers  —  It's tough to compete with free.  —  The use of online classifieds sites, such as Craigslist, has more than doubled in the past four years, according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center.
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KwameJones's Open Salon Blog:
iPhone to get iTunes TV and Movies!  —  In a long awaited move (at least by me), it appears that Apple will begin to allow downloads of movies and tv shows through the iPhone.  This revelation, (again at least to me) comes by way of an advertisement in the new ad supported version of the app Twitterfon released on 5/15/09.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   URL for iTunes Video Downloads on the iPhone
MacTalk Australia:
Rumour: 16GB iPhone Declared “End of Life” By Vodafone & Brightpoint  —  We usually don't report on rumours here at MacTalk , but a trusted source has brought this to our attention this evening: Vodafone has sent out an email to retail staff stating that the 16GB iPhone has been marked as …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
32GB iPhone placeholder appears at T-Mobile Austria  —  Take it for what it's worth (which may be nothing, quite honestly), but a bona fide “iPhone 32GB” placeholder has appeared in the ‘Coming Soon’ section on T-Mobile Austria's website.  Generally speaking, we wouldn't give this kind of slip …
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
It's Made of 100% Cotton; Its Sales Are 99% Ironic  —  Something strange happened this week in Amazon.com's apparel section.  —  For a day or two, a black T-shirt featuring an image of three wolves baying at a full moon claimed the top slot at the online store's clothing bestseller list …
Louis Gray:
Twitter's Search Engine Is Very, Very, Broken  —  Given all the rumors about Google possibly talking to Twitter about search, or the Mountain View giant taking on the world of real-time, you would think that Twitter's dramatic growth and user adoption would see the microblogging company sitting …
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Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:   How Will Twitter Monetize Search If It's Broken?
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Low inventory is forcing Best Buy Mobile to launch the Palm Pre in two phases  —  Contrary to the naysayers, looks like those rumors about Best Buy Mobile having low Palm Pre inventory are indeed true.  In fact, thanks to one of our ninjas we now know that Best Buy Mobile's own Pre launch guide lays …
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
Palm Pre tasks, memos, browser on display, automatic backup confirmed  —  Just in time for your weekend perusal, Palm Goon (which we half suspect might be a viral site from Palm itself) has uploaded three tours and a FAQ chock-full of new Pre / webOS screens and details …
Discussion: Palm Goon, My Pre and Pre News
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Microsoft dumps 3-app limit from Windows 7 Starter  —  See that little alert above?  Take a good look, because if Paul Thurrott's exclusive is on target you won't be seeing it in Windows 7 Starter Edition.  Believe it or not, Microsoft has done an about-face on the three simultaneous application limit.
Jim Finkle / MediaFile:
YouTube can be dangerous place for porn seekers  —  YouTube is becoming a dangerous place to search for porn.  —  Anti-virus company PandaLabs reports on its research blog that hackers have riddled the site with links to malicious software.  The scheme works like this …
Discussion: PandaLabs and Lifehacker
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyer: RIAA must pay back all $100M it has collected  —  Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson is branching out.  —  For years he watched with horror as the RIAA demanded money from tens of thousands of Americans, finally getting into the ring himself when federal judge Nancy Gertner connected …
Discussion: Electronista and digg.com
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews:
Ron Conway: I'm not on Twitter or Facebook  —  ...and Conway's thoughts on mobile investing, Apple, Digg, AdMob, IPOs and M&A  —  Mobile advertising is as one Advertising Age writer put it: This great white whale that is forever on the horizon but perpetually out of reach.
Discussion: TechCrunch and PE Hub Blog
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Seesmic Adds Facebook Comments, Now I'm Looking For A Raft (Or A Boat)  —  A few minutes ago Seesmic rolled out the latest version of their desktop application which now includes Facebook comments, spell check, and Twitter spam reporting.  I've downloaded it and tested it out and while it's …
Discussion: Mashable!
Sebastian Tonkin / Google Analytics Blog:
Share Your Google Analytics Data With Everyone  —  Almost everyone uses Google Analytics to calculate overall site traffic as a way to measure the value of their website.  —  Many users are clamoring for a simpler way to share their Analytics traffic data with their external stakeholders.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Valuation Heading North Again.  Up To $10 Billion Now.  —  A few days ago, we reported that Facebook turned down an investment term sheet that placed their value at $8 billion.  But it was apparently the board seat the investors wanted and not the valuation that was the hold up.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Counting Down to the End of Moore's Law  —  “We're looking at a brick wall five years down the road,” Eli Harari, the chief executive of SanDisk, said to me earlier this week.  —  In 1990, when SanDisk, which he founded, shipped its first generation of flash memory — the sort …
Discussion: GigaOM, Sandisk, Techgeist, Gizmodo and isen.blog
David Chartier / Macworld:
More senseless iPhone app rejections tarnish the App Store  —  The App Store is becoming almost as famous for rejecting applications as it is for selling one billion of them.  The iPhone app body count has recently grown by two, including a high-profile e-book reader and a compatibility update …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Maps Now Suggests Alternate Routes  —  Sometimes there are many ways to get from point A to point B, whether you are walking or driving.  Until now, Google Maps' directions feature has given you the route they consider the best and allows you to drag and drop the route to change your path.
Discussion: Google LatLong
Orlando Sentinel:
Are astronaut's space ‘tweets’ cheats?  —  NASA astronaut Mike Massimino uses a laptop aboard shuttle Atlantis this week.  NASA says he is the first to tweet from space.  He typed his tweets as e-mails from this laptop, and once sent to the ground, a NASA employee in Houston posted them to his Twitter account.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T also running dry of iPhones, offering refurbs [U]  —  With a little over three weeks to go before Apple's annual developers conference — the same forum used to introduce the iPhone 3G last year — AT&T is reportedly running out of current models and won't be restocking.  (Updated with AT&T's official stance)
Discussion: iLounge
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer coming to Pre “at or near launch”?  —  webOS' web technology-based app architecture seems to become less and less of an issue by the day; most of our fears were allayed the moment we saw Classic break cover, and this is another strong sign that the Pre's going to be able to handle …
Discussion: Pre News and PreCentral.net
Network World:
SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 bug causes the program to cease at 180 days  —  Microsoft is warning customers of SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 of a bug that causes the program to stop functioning at 180 days.  Microsoft is working on a fix, according Jeff Teper, SharePoint corporate vice president in a post on the SharePoint Team blog.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Photo Scoop: Fotolia Takes A Massive $50 Million To $100 Million Round From TA Associates  —  Microstock photography site Fotolia has taken its first outside round of investment since it was founded in 2005 and it is a doozy.  The company isn't talking about it, but an exceptionally good source …
 
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Tech companies look for deals as values fall
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
No Recovery This Year: Cowen Says Online Ad Spend Will Fall 6 Percent
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
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Discussion: Blogspotting
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
OpenTable Shares Slip in Second Day
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers
Discussion: CircleID
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook simplifies currency ahead of wider roll-out
Discussion: All Facebook and CNET News
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast