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9:50 PM ET, April 25, 2010

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Chris / cdixon.org:
The tradeoff between open and closed  —  When having the “open vs closed” debate regarding a technology platform, a number of distinctions need to be made.  First, what exactly is meant by “open.”  Here's a great chart from a paper by Harvard professor Tom Eisenmann (et al).:
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Elias Bizannes / DataPortability Blog:
Assessing the openess of Facebook's “Open Graph Protocol”  —  This is an analysis by DataPortability chairperson Elias Bizannes and former chairperson Chris Saad.  —  Summary  —  In essence, Facebook is striving to create a web-wide semantic search engine and recommendation system based on a mix of open and closed technologies.
Thanks:evanwolf
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Steve Jobs Replies to Email: There Won't Be A Mac App Store  —  We heard a rumor last week about Apple making some big changes to the Mac OS X platform, let's say to 10.7, in order to make it similar to iPhone OS and introduce an App Store for Mac applications that should be approved by Apple first.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Open Sausage Foundation  —  Facebook took over the Gillmor Gang this week like it threatens to do the Web.  Danny Sullivan represented those who fear the unadulterated market power of the social giant.  He pressed FriendFeed co-founder and now Facebook platform chief Bret Taylor …
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook's Open Graph Protocol from a Web Developer's Perspective
Discussion: ClipperHouse
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Here come the mash-ups: Likebutton.me shows what Facebook friends are ‘liking’ across the web  —  Just a few days after Facebook unveiled a number of plug-ins that spread its social features across the web, the neat mash-ups are starting to appear.  —  LikeButton.me takes Facebook's activity feed plug-in …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Dell roadmap shows ‘Sparta,’ ‘Athens’ Android netbooks amid smartphones  —  Here's a little more out of the Dell camp following last week's insane smartphone leak of the Thunder and Looking Glass, along with the Streak (Dell Mini 5).  The roadmap we've obtained shows a few new items …
Tova Cohen / Reuters:
Israel lifts ban on imports of Apple iPad  —  (Reuters) - Israel will begin allowing people to bring Apple iPads into the country starting on Sunday, two weeks after customs began confiscating the tablet computers for fear they would interfere with other wireless devices.
Kemberly Richardson / ABC 7 Eyewitness News:
Schumer challeges Facebook over info sharing  —  new york state politics, charles schumer, facebook, politics & elections, kemberly richardson  —  NEW YORK (WABC) — U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Sunday urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to provide guidelines for social networking sites …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Examiner:
Sony to discontinue 3.5 inch floppy disk in Japan  —  Sony announced on April 23rd that they will be discontinuing sales of the classic 3.5 inch floppy disk in Japan in 2011.  The news marks a major end to a nearly three decade history of the disk type that the company helped to pioneer.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Liliputing and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Age Of Facebook  —  Two years ago I was on the Charlie Rose show and we talked about, among other startups and trends, Facebook.  It wasn't clear then that Facebook had what it took to become one of the great technology companies.  They had conquered the college market and were destroying the hopes and dreams of MySpace.
Diary Of An x264 Developer:
Announcing the first free software Blu-ray encoder  —  For many years it has been possible to make your own DVDs with free software tools.  Over the course of the past decade, DVD creation evolved from the exclusive domain of the media publishing companies to something basically anyone could do on their home computer.
Discussion: Slashdot
Tom / A Blog.:
The Facebook F8 story that no one seems to be writing...  If you develop Facebook applications, or have a website you'd like to integrate with Facebook connect, you have undoubtedly seen at least some of the videos from the F8 Conference this weekend.  By and large, I found the announcements impressive …
 
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Gina Trapani / Fast Company:
Time to Audit Your Facebook Privacy Settings, Here's How
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Inner Workings of Global Encyclopedia ‘Better than a Soap Opera’
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Shane Richmond / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Why doesn't the Labour Party respect copyright?
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
iPad pinky theft suspect arrested
Discussion: Denver Post
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
6 Million Unfollows Later, Twitter Moves To Silence ManageTwitter
Discussion: Communications …, Thanks:bobcaswell
Keith Moon / TechLeash:
Twitter Going OAuth Only - Are Developers Ready?
Discussion: Mashable! and TechRaga
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