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2:15 PM ET, June 6, 2007

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NEWS.com.au:
Sony mulls cutting PlayStation 3 price  —  SONY may cut the price of the PlayStation 3 which is facing fierce competition from Nintendo's Wii, the president of the electronics giant has indicated.  —  Sony "does not rule out the possibility of lowering the price'' of the PS3 …
Discussion: youNEWB and Joystiq
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Busting rumors: Sony's PS3 price drop and Square's 360 Final Fantasy plans
Discussion: digg
Wall Street Journal:
EBay to Broker Radio Ad Time, Stoking Rivalry With Google  —  Online auctioneer eBay Inc. plans to begin brokering radio advertisements today, in the latest effort by a Web company to sell offline ads via the Internet.  The move ratchets up eBay's competition with Google Inc. and could shake up how radio advertising is sold.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Radio Time to Join List of eBay Items Up for Auction  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 — The auction giant eBay said it would begin selling radio airtime to advertisers starting Wednesday, expanding into a business that Google entered last year  —  EBay, through a partnership with Bid4Spots …
Kotaku:
Industry: Lay-Offs Hit SCEA HQ Today  —  Roughly 80 to 100 employees of Sony Computer Entertainment of America's Foster City headquarters were laid off today, Kotaku has learned from a source who was among those asked to hand in their badge and keys before leaving the premises.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
What Apple TV Costs to Make  —  Analyzing and pricing out the components of Apple's new set-top video box reveal uncharacteristically slim profits  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs called Apple TV a "hobby," he wasn't kidding.  —  By typical Apple standards, the new set-top video box …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Gears: Replacing One Problem with Another  —  I've been thinking a little bit about Google Gears recently and after reading the documentation things I've realized that making a Web-based application that works well offline poses an interesting set of challenges.
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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
How Craig Newmark Built Craigslist With "No Vision Whatsoever"  —  Craig Newmark started craigslist in early 1995 as a way of staying on top of San Francisco's busy arts and technology scene.  Despite (or perhaps because of) the site's determined non-commercialism, craigslist survived and even thrived in the post-dot-com days.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Clearspring Lands Major Deal With NBC  —  Clearspring is going to annouce tomorrow that it was chosen by NBC to be its exclusive widget platform for the next year.  This is a major deal for Clearspring, and for NBC as well.  The specific terms of this business arrangement have not been disclosed.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Clearspring Strikes NBC Deal
Fred von Lohmann / Washington Post:
Copyright Silliness on Campus  —  What do Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Howard and UCLA have in common?  Apparently, leaders in Congress think that they aren't expelling enough students for illegally swapping music and movies.  —  The House committees responsible for copyright and education wrote …
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Politicos threaten schools over campus piracy
Discussion: Inquirer and FurdLog
Audrey Bright / Fox News:
CompUSA Store That Sold Texas Man an Empty Box Finally Agrees He Didn't Get Money's Worth  —  A Texas man who thought he got a bargain when he bought a camera from retailer CompUSA only to find out that he'd purchased an empty box, finally got his money's worth thanks to a Web campaign …
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GeekSugar / Geek is chic.:
New Mercury Free MacBook Pro Unboxed!  —  I got my hands on the new MacBook Pro first thing this morning and saying everyone around me is gushing and jealous is an understatement.  Unlike last year's model, the new MacBook Pro has a mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display.
New York Times:
Doll Web Sites Drive Girls to Stay Home and Play  —  Presleigh Montemayor often gets home after a long day and spends some time with her family.  Then she logs onto the Internet, leaving the real world and joining a virtual one.  But the digital utopia of Second Life is not for her.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Clickety Clack
USA Today:
Skype: 'Locked' phones unfair  —  NEW YORK — Are cellphone companies using their sway over handset makers to unfairly limit consumers' choices?  Skype, a pioneer in PC-to-PC calling, thinks so, and it wants the Federal Communications Commission to do something about it.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and broadbandreports.com
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
Google acquires software start-up PeakStream  —  Google has acquired PeakStream, a start-up that sells tools for writing software that can take advantage of multicore processors as well as graphics and gaming chips.  —  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
GamePolitics.com:
Florida Attorney General Looking into Wii Version of Manhunt 2  —  Is Manhunt 2 worse on the Wii?  —  GamePolitics has confirmed via multiple sources that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) has expressed concern over the impending release of Rockstar's controversial game on Nintendo's next-gen console.
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life and Joystiq
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kids' first exposure to gaming, cell phones becoming earlier  —  Kids are being exposed to consumer electronics at ever-younger ages, according to a new report, and the frequency of use is going up for some devices.  The numbers come as part of the NPD Group's third annual Kids …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
SpaceTime: 3D Browser Eye Candy  —  New York based SpaceTime has released SpaceTime 3D, a web browser that literally takes tagged browsing 3D.  —  SpaceTime allows users to map out their browsing progress in a visual timeline, treating each site as an object that can be manipulated and rearranged within the 3D environment.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google: IIS twice as likely to serve malware as Apache  —  A new study by Google's Anti-Malware Team seems to confirm what many people have believed for years: Web sites running Microsoft's IIS are twice as likely to host malware than those running Apache.  —  Last month, Google studied about 70,000 malware-distributing domains.
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 …
 
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BBC:
Censorship 'changes face of net'
Discussion: p2pnet
Reuters:
IBM to Buy Watchfire Security Software Firm
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lala's Lack Of DRM Looking Increasingly Like DRM
DigiTimes:
Computex 2007: Xceive claims smallest high-definition LCD TV copy ready design
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
InfoWorld:
EBay to broker radio ads  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) …
Discussion: CrunchGear and WebProNews
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Nielsen to track mobile media use
Discussion: Macsimum News
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
FTC Moves To Block Merger, Seeing Companies In A Narrow Market
iii.co.uk:
EU extends deadline for Apple to respond to iTunes antitrust concerns to June 20
Discussion: MacUser, Ars Technica and hypebot
 Earlier Items: 
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Nintendo Wii outsells Sony PS3 5-fold in Japan
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Five Things MovableType Learned from Bilbo Baggins
The Official Palm Blog:
700p MR Temporarily Unavailable
Daniel Drew Turner / eWEEK.com:
Woz Ponders Apple II's Impact and DIY
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
New AT&T Same As The Old AT&T  —  AT&T chief Ed Whitacre is out …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Specs and prices of Wal-Mart's new Dell desktops revealed?
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Anthropology: Facebook frenzy
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Product loyalty: consumers mistake familiarity with superiority
 

 
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