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5:40 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.
Rafat Ali / mocoNews.net:
Amp'd Bankruptcy Filing: Verizon Wireless Largest Creditor With $33 Million  —  Amp'd Mobile's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has a wealth of info on the company's creditors, and a list of shareholders of the company (we broke the story first here).
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amp'd, another MVNO bites the dust  —  Updated: For a long time we have been skeptical of the mobile virtual network provider (MVNO) model, pointing out repeatedly that it is a business not for the faint of heart and needs pockets as deep as a sub-saharan well.
Discussion: Mike Rowehl
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] …
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
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
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
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 …
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
Martha Raffaele / Associated Press:
Graduation Webcasts bridge distances  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. - Shohei Takagiwa wanted more than anything to see his three friends graduate from college, but he couldn't travel halfway around the world from his native Japan to Northampton Community College in Bethlehem.  —  So Takagiwa, a 2006 alumnus, did the next best thing.
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 …
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One year with Linux  —  pretty package!  © Fabienne / CC  —  One year ago, I switched to Linux for a variety of reasons revolving around software freedom, choice, and data preservation.  At the time, an anonymous commenter shared this piece of wisdom: … I am happy to report that that has not been my experience.
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
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
 
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