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12:10 PM ET, June 8, 2007

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Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Kiss Boring Interfaces Goodbye With Apple's New Animated OS  —  Disco is software for burning disks that illustrates a new approach to interfaces: It smokes while it burns.  If you blow into your computer's microphone, the smoke blows across your desktop.  —  When Steve Jobs takes …
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Fvogelstein / Epicenter:
A big Google-Apple partnership next week?  Bet on it.  —  I don't typically join the gaggle of folks trying to guess what Steve Jobs' next move is going to be, but for once I can't resist.  On Monday Jobs is taking the stage at Apple's worldwide developers conference in San Francisco …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Get ready for the summer of Apple  —  news analysis Apple is preparing for one of the most pivotal summers in its history.  —  On June 29, the company is expected to release the iPhone, perhaps one of the most hyped gadgets in history and a clear sign of where CEO Steve Jobs is placing his bets.
Discussion: Wired News
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Adds Xbox Games, May Cut Price to Woo Moms (Update1)  —  Microsoft Corp. has won over 20-year- old gamers, who spend hours a day launching rockets and firing plasma guns on the company's Xbox 360.  Now it wants their moms.  —  To lure them, the world's largest software maker …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
The coming price war: why we may see a 360 price drop this holiday season  —  In the console business, rumors of price drops come often and can be hard to debunk.  No matter what you price your console at, there will be consumers will think the price is too high, and a price drop is an easy …
David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The end of the plug?  Scientists invent wireless device that beams electricity through your home  —  Scientists have sounded the death knell for the plug and power lead.  —  In a breakthrough that sounds like something out of Star Trek, they have discovered a way of 'beaming' power across …
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Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Universal Search - Video and Maps Benefit  —  Our column in TIME this week is about Google's dominance of the search market which, as of this week, measures at 64.8% of all U.S. Internet searches, more than double the nearest competitor Yahoo! Search.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google Maps & YouTube Are Big Traffic Winners in Google Universal Update
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Sub-$100 Nvidia GeForce 8400 to Launch June 19  —  TAIPEI — According to the company's partners, Nvidia plans to launch a cheap version of its GeForce 8-series graphics card, the GeForce 8400, on June 19.  —  Sources interviewed here at the Computex show said that the card will be available …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
64.233.179.104:
1.110V type large picture size, the same low electric power consumption as the 37V type liquid crystal television * actualizing 2  — As for electric power consumption of 110V type "HD-110MH80" approximately 220W (schedule).  The same as this corporation 37V type liquid crystal television …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
ZDNet Australia / CNET News.com:
Face recognition set for takeoff in Australia  —  Despite a series of technical hiccups, the first public trials of Australia's biometric SmartGate project are set to take place in Brisbane in August, six months behind schedule.  —  In development since 2002, the SmartGate uses facial-recognition technology …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches YouTube's money machine  —  YouTube has updated their embedded video player to include new features that I think make a lot of sense for Google.  The one I find most interesting gives users quick, uninterrupted access to related videos — this feature could be YouTube's much needed money maker.
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Dell denies plan to exit LCD TV business  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Dell will sell a wider variety of television sets made by other manufacturers over its Web site but denied reports that it plans to stop making LCD TVs.  —  A number of industry blogs reported Thursday that Dell would exit …
John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Time to short Apple?  —  Commentary: Functionality of iPhone will be duplicated by others  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — If you follow the rules and sell on good news and buy on the bad, now would be time to short Apple Inc. There is no company out there with this much good news.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Are You Blogging This?  A Web 2.0 Song.  —  It's a cheap trick, but it works.  At least till it's over-exposed.  —  David Lee King, a librarian from Kansas, has put together a clever music video called "Are you blogging this?  A Web 2.0 Song" Of course, that frank appeal is a one-time stunt …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Firefox Tip: Paste multiple lines to input boxes  —  Paste multiple lines to input boxes  —  If you've ever tried copying and pasting a multi-line address into Google Maps just to realize that an input box will only take one line at a time—meaning that you have to copy and paste each line individually …
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Baidu denies plans for European expansion  —  (InfoWorld) - Baidu.com on Friday said its not planning to expand into Europe, following reports that China's largest search engine would announce such plans later this month.  —  "Recent rumors alleging that Baidu.com is expanding into Europe are groundless …
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
 
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Shu-Ching Jean Chen / Forbes:
Google Wins Chinese 'Taste Test'
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Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
The $3,500 USB drive  —  It's not uncommon to see USB drives …
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Associated Press:
San Antonio to test municipal wireless network
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EB presents Menlow-based UMPC platform.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
New YouTube API Coming Soon
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Square Enix clarifies position on Final Fantasy for 360
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
usitc.gov:
ITC ANNOUNCES REMEDY IN BROADCOM/QUALCOMM INVESTIGATION
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon oppose Google airwave proposal
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Who Knew That Fishermen Don't Know Old Undersea Copper Cables …
Discussion: Reuters
Eric Dash / New York Times:
DOW JONES ENHANCES THE SEVERANCE PACKAGES FOR SENIOR MANAGERS
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Time Warner to make decision on AOL at year-end
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
iNokia? - it's Nokia Media Transfer 1.0 beta - for Mac OS!
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: Activision Closes Vicarious Visions' CA Office
CNET News.com:
Import ban on 3G handsets could hurt industry
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Reuters
Blogging Molly / AppScout:
Google and Wild Sanctuary Team Up to Bring Sound to 'Earth'
Discussion: InsideGoogle and ResourceShelf
Dan Gillmor / San Francisco Chronicle:
Journalism isn't dying, it's reviving
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Romenesko