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2:25 PM ET, June 8, 2007

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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 …
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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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.
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   New YouTube Embedded Player Features Google Video Ads
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Partially Takes Back Interface Changes
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Lessig News:
From Engaget: "Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration" — of just how little publishing executives understand  —  Engaget reports that "the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers" lifted a couple Google laptops at a recent BookExpo America, and then when he returned them …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration  —  We can't say that we'd recommend a CEO steal property from Google in order to prove a point, but the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers pushed his superego aside and did just that at a recent BookExpo America in NYC.
Discussion: Valleywag, AppScout and Adrants
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
CraigE / Mac Mojo:
Hello from the new General Manager of the Macintosh Business Unit - Craig Eisler  —  Wow!  I can't believe I'm actually here - General Manager of Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit.  I would not have guessed this is where I would've landed when I rejoined Microsoft.
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Yahoo! Webcam ActiveX Controls  —  Do I need to update Yahoo! Messenger to the new version? … How do I get the Security Update? … What is the security issue? … How did Yahoo! learn of this? … What is the potential impact? … Who is affected? … Why do I have to install the update?
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Mac vs. PC cost analysis: How does it all add up?  —  Everybody knows PCs are cheaper than Macs, right?  Wrong!  (At least sometimes.)  —  People have been arguing online about how much more expensive Macs are than PCs — or not — for more than a decade (and in print for years before that).
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macsimum News
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, CrunchGear 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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Does Digital Fingerprinting Work?:  An Investigative Report  —  Audio and visual fingerprinting of copyrighted video is seen as the best way to combat infringement, but in NewTeeVee's testing this week across multiple sites, it did not work.  We were surprised to be able to upload multiple times …
Discussion: GigaOM
UMPCPortal feed.:
EB presents Menlow-based UMPC platform.  —  EB (formerly known as Elektrobit) have launched a UMPC hardware platform that is one of the first to be built around the Intel Menlow platform.  The device will run Linux (presumably one of the distributions that comes out of the Intel MIDIA project) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Square Enix clarifies position on Final Fantasy for 360  —  Future titles not ruled out  —  Square Enix has clarified that recent comments made by Shinji Hashimoto regarding Final Fantasy on Xbox 360 were referring to the company's current plans.  —  Japan's Nikkei BP quoted the executive producer …
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Craigslist blocks Listpic
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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Ars takes a field trip: the Creation Museum
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
"Get a Mac" wins Most Successful Marketing Campaign of 2007
Discussion: Macsimum News and Macenstein
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple readying three million iPhones for launch?
Shu-Ching Jean Chen / Forbes:
Google Wins Chinese 'Taste Test'
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
The $3,500 USB drive  —  It's not uncommon to see USB drives …
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
Associated Press:
San Antonio to test municipal wireless network
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
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Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Baidu denies plans for European expansion
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
usitc.gov:
ITC ANNOUNCES REMEDY IN BROADCOM/QUALCOMM INVESTIGATION
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon oppose Google airwave proposal
Eric Dash / New York Times:
DOW JONES ENHANCES THE SEVERANCE PACKAGES FOR SENIOR MANAGERS
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
iNokia? - it's Nokia Media Transfer 1.0 beta - for Mac OS!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
JVCs "world's largest" TV: 110-inches (and 728-pounds) of HD
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Dell denies plan to exit LCD TV business
Dan Gillmor / San Francisco Chronicle:
Journalism isn't dying, it's reviving