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11:30 PM ET, June 6, 2007


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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shares Higher On Rumors Of Bid  —  Netflix (NFLX) shares are higher today on rumors that (AMZN) might make offer to buy the company.  In a research note, Bank of America analyst Brian Pitz writes that there is speculation of a $34 a share bid "circulating in the press."
Associated Press:
Netflix Up on Rumor of Buyout by Amazon  —  Netflix Up on Rumor of Possible Buyout by Amazon; Analyst Reckons Deal Could Be $1.5B or More  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Netflix Inc. jumped Wednesday amid a rumor the online video rental company could be acquired by Web retailer Inc.
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Rumor Mill: Amazon-Netflix, Yahoo!-Facebook
Business Week:   Netflix: Starring in Merger Story?
Longofest / MacRumors:
ZFS To Become Default File System In Leopard  —  Perhaps overcome with excitement (and forgetting that Apple doesn't like such pre-emptive disclosures), Sun's Jonathan Schwartz announced today at Sun event in Washington D.C. that Apple would be making ZFS "the file system" in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (video link, requires RealPlayer).
Anne Broache / CNET
Google: Foreign workers are key to our success  —  WASHINGTON—A Google executive on Wednesday credited the company's phenomenal success to the United States' openness to immigrants and called on Congress to let in more foreign workers.  —  Laszlo Bock, the search giant's vice president …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
What U.S. immigration policies mean to Google  —  Our experience with American immigration policy dates back to one of our founders: when he was six, Sergey Brin's parents fled the Soviet Union in 1979 and settled in the United States.  Today, there are literally hundreds of examples …
Discussion: Epicenter
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
MeetMoi raises cash, for Twitter of sex  —  MeetMoi, a clever "location based" mobile dating service, has just raised $1.5 million in a first round of financing.  —  MeetMoi, which got a mention in the Wall Street Journal today (subscription required), lets you find people looking for a date, on-the-fly, wherever you are.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Finding a Date — on the Spot  —  Internet Matchmakers Migrate  —  To Cellphones, Promising  —  More-Immediate Results  —  Earlier this week, Jeff Blum was out buying a sandwich when his mind wandered toward his social life.  So he got out his cellphone and sent a text message …
SONY ADDS NINE MODELS TO BRAVIA® FLAT-PANEL LCD LINE  —  Models Compatible with BRAVIA Internet Video Link and Feature XMB Menu System  —  Sony today introduced nine new BRAVIA® flat-panel LCD high-definition televisions with advanced features.  —  The new models all feature 1920 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Digital Trends
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vodafone Live 'improvements' kill mCommerce  —  Find your perfect job - click here for thousands of tech vacancies  —  Vodafone UK has launched a mobile optimising technology which reformats web pages to fit onto a mobile phone screen.  —  Unfortunately, it also prevents anyone else doing the same thing …
Discussion: SMS Text News
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Vodafone UK, Doing A Lovely Job Of Supporting The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'My life is a sitcom'  —  Craig Newmark, of Craigslist fame, shared with me today that sometimes it feels that his life is just like a "sitcom."  —  Craig is on an extended New York City sojurn.  He addressed the Social Media Club last Thursday and is speaking …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft preps Windows-based kitchen client  —  Microsoft is beginning work on the first of what it plans to make a family of customized Windows platforms designed for specific rooms around the home.  —  The "Kitchen Client" software will extend the Windows operating system and integrate …
If it's not tennis elbow, it may be 'Wiiitis' … BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) — When Dr. Julio Bonis awoke one Sunday morning with a sore shoulder, he could not figure out what he had done.  It felt like a sports injury, but he had been a bit of a couch potato lately.  —  Then he remembered his new Wii.
Discussion: Engadget
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Calendar Directory  —  Google Calendar went live with a directory of public calendars, so you can quickly add calendars of interest (you could search for shared calendars before, but to be able to browse them too is a nice addition).  The gallery includes categories like …
Kerry McGovern /
National Hockey League Becomes First Professional Sports League to Team With Sling Media Inc. Around Forthcoming "Clip and Sling" Service  —  NHL Gives Fans the Power to Pick Their Favorite Hockey Footage To Share with Others through Clip+Sling™ Technology
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Apple, AT&T stores prepare for iPhone frenzy  —  NEW YORK—With a little over two weeks until the iPhone hits store shelves, Apple and AT&T retail sales representatives say they are preparing for a quick sellout and huge crowds on the June 29 launch date.  —  As of Wednesday …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
HD DVD and Blu-ray coming to Santa Rosa IGP  —  In the second half of 2007, Intel's recently-launched Santa Rosa platform will get a next-generation DVD playback option, according to Intel mobile graphics spokesperson Mike Choi.  Intel will use a third-party hardware decoder to bring HD DVD …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Between the Lines:
iPhonomics and the post-PC era  —  My friend Steve Gillmor is known for his very occasional cryptic and sometimes prescient posts that attempt to connect the dots and unpack the logic between seemingly unrelated events.  —  This week he focused his attention on the iPhone …
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET
Lawyer for woman sued by RIAA asks for sanctions, gets sanctioned himself
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Substitute teacher spared sentencing for porn pop-ups, gets new trial
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