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3:40 PM ET, June 3, 2007

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Keeps Tweaking Its Search Engine  —  THESE days, Google seems to be doing everything, everywhere.  It takes pictures of your house from outer space, copies rare Sanskrit books in India, charms its way onto Madison Avenue, picks fights with Hollywood and tries to undercut Microsoft's software dominance.
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Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Amp'd Mobile Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy; Hopes To Restructure, With Funding In Place  —  Update: it has filed...see this follow-up post.  —  Amp'd Mobile, the content-heavy MVNO which has had close to $360 million pumped into it over the last two years, [will be filing] …
Alex Faaborg:
The User Interface of Firefox 3: Features  —  Firefox 3 is going to provide a wide range of improvements to performance, stability, and security, and it's also going to present several new user facing features.  Here is a quick recap of design work that's been going on in the Mozilla community …
Discussion: MSTechToday and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone release date: June 29th?  —  Take this one with a grain of salt, but we have it from a source that works in television who tells us that Apple's next round of iPhone commercials (three different spots) have been submitted for airtime, and at least one prominently features the magic number: release date on June 29th.
Discussion: CrunchGear, I4U News and Mobility Site
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Imagery for Google Earth - June 2nd!  —  [UPDATED several times]  —  Google has just released new imagery for Google Earth (exit GE and re-load it if you had it turned on over night).  Most of the UK is now in high resolution.  It appears there are many new strips …
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RevDanCatt / geobloggers:
Flickr, KML, and a stroll down memory lane.
Discussion: Ogle Earth
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
Genius and Misfit Aren't Synonyms, or Are They?  —  THE story of the college dropout who became the world's richest man still has the power to inspire us.  It affirms our deeply engrained view that rejecting the received wisdom (do my own thing!) is a path to creativity and wealth.
Discussion: IMT Blog and rexduffdixon.com
Ryan / Invisible Inkling:
10 obvious things about the future of newspapers you need to get through your head  —  Invisible Inkling  —  Ryan Sholin on the future of newspapers, online news and journalism education.  — home  — work  — about  — more  —  10 obvious things about the future of newspapers you need to get through your head
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
My Soul, and 10 Other Things that Google Owns  —  The headlines just don't stop for Google.  But with the now complete acquisition of Feedburner, are there any parts of our online lives that don't reside somewhere within the Googleplex?  Through acquisitions and a few thousands …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
TiVo Warns Investors New Open Source License Could Hurt Business  —  Under Linux's GPLv3, expected this summer, TiVo would no longer be able to implement measures it says are essential to protecting copyrighted material.  —  Novell isn't the only company that could be hurt by new license terms likely …
Discussion: TiVo Lovers, Bink.nu and Slashdot
Nancy Keates / Wall Street Journal:
Deconstructing TripAdvisor  —  Nancy Keates on how seasoned travelers decode the ratings  —  on the nation's most influential hotel review site.  —  'Simply the best!!!!!!  " "Very Grand!!  " "Awesome.  " "Unbelievable.  The last one might be the most accurate.
Roy Mark / internetnews.com:
Court Rules VoIP Providers Must Pay USF Fees  —  Internet telephone companies like Vonage must contribute to the Universal Service Fund (USF), a federal appeals court ruled Friday afternoon.  If VoIP providers follow the lead of local, long-distance and wireless services that already pay into the USF …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Does Virtual Reality Need a Sheriff?  —  Reach of Law Enforcement Is Tested When Online Fantasy Games Turn Sordid  —  Earlier this year, one animated character in Second Life, a popular online fantasy world, allegedly raped another character.  —  Some Internet bloggers dismissed …
Discussion: WOW Insider and VTOR
Associated Press:
The Google 'ick' factor … SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Google Inc. bills the latest twist on its online maps as "Street View," but it looks a bit like "Candid Camera" as you cruise through the panorama of pictures that captured fleeting moments in neighborhoods scattered across the country.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Kevin Rose: Digg Expanding to Images, Restaurant and Product Reviews  —  Update: Now with video!  —  See also: 7 Ways to Stick it to the RIAA  —  On Friday, Kevin Rose spoke via video link at TheNextWeb conference in Amsterdam, outlining Digg's plans for expansion.
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