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8:25 AM ET, June 13, 2007

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Michael Calore / Compiler:
Wired News Benchmarks Show Safari 3 Is Slower Than IE 7, Firefox  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted Safari 3's speed as one of its most appealing features.  But in tests by Wired News, the first public beta of Safari for Windows is actually slower than both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2 when accessing Ajax-intensive web applications.
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and digg
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Safari 3 beta on Windows vs. Firefox 2 and IE7
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and InfoWorld
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Review: Safari for Windows Offers No Compelling Reason to Switch
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple Clarifies Status of ZFS File System In Mac OS  —  Apple has included a read-only version ZFS in Leopard as a future file system option for high-end storage systems.  —  Apple now says that the ZFS file system will be available in the forthcoming Mac operating system, sort of.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Leopard does / does not use ZFS, part III: it does! (kinda)
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Shareholders Approve Board With Low Majority  —  Shareholders in Yahoo Inc. voted in favor of the Internet company's slate of directors.  But with only 66% of votes in favor of the slate, it appeared that recent calls to rebuke board members responsible for approving generous pay packages …
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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Semel Faces the Music
Discussion: Breakout Performance
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Dissident Shareholders Send Message to Yahoo
Josh / Redeye VC:
In and Out...  Some portfolio company news today.  —  First, today we announced our investment in OpenAds, the developer of the leading free, open source adserving platform.  Already used by more than 20,000 publishers across 140 countries in 20 languages, Openads powers more publishers than all competing solutions combined.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
OpenAds: A step in the right direction  —  I may be reading too much into this, but I take hope in a $5 million investment VCs made today in the company behind Openads, a free, open-source ad server.  They already serve more than 20,000 publishers, 100,000 sites in 20-plus languages over 30-plus networks.
Discussion: paidContent.org and localglo.be
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Santa Rosa comes to the Mac: a review of the 17" MacBook Pro  —  Santa Rosa in the house  —  Apple MacBook Pro  —  Quick specs: 2.40GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 17" 1920x1200 LCD  —  Price as configured: $2,899 (shop for this title)  —  Since Apple made the great migration …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
John Markoff / New York Times:
That iPhone Is Missing a Keyboard*  —  If there is a billion-dollar gamble underlying Apple's iPhone, it lies in what this smart cellphone does not have: a mechanical keyboard.  —  As the clearest expression yet of the Apple chief executive's spartan design aesthetic, the iPhone sports …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google Backs Green Computing, too  —  While Google's recent eco kick has largely focused on issues like installing solar panels for its offices and offering biodiesel commuter shuttles to its employees, the search company just joined a broader green push with members of the computing industry.
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Barry Schnitt / Google:
Intel and Google Join with Dell, EDS, EPA, HP, IBM, Lenovo …
Charles Babcock / InformationWeek:
BioWare Adapts Complex Event Processing To Online Gaming World  —  BioWare is using StreamBase's Stream Processing Engine, which is able to analyze up to 350,000 messages per second, for tracking players' actions and movements.  —  Complex event processing, a new technology …
Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
'Mr. Wizard' dies at 89  —  Don Herbert, who explained the wonderful world of science to young baby boomers on television in the 1950s and '60s as "Mr. Wizard" and did the same for a later generation of youngsters on the Nickelodeon cable TV channel in the 1980s, died today.  He was 89.
Discussion: digg
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Analyzing the Facebook Platform, three weeks in  —  On May 24, Facebook launched the newest version of the Facebook Platform, a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) and services that allow outside developers to inject new features and content into the Facebook user experience.
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
Apple to sell music through UK Bebo network  —  Apple is tapping into the popularity of social networking sites, as it announces a deal on Wednesday to embed its iTunes internet music download service into the Bebo website.  —  From Wednesday, Bebo's 8.8m users in the UK and Ireland …
Xiyun Yang / Washington Post:
Reston's ComScore Hopes To Raise $71 Million in IPO  —  ComScore, a Reston firm that collects data on Internet consumer behavior, expects to raise as much as $71.4 million from an initial public offering of 5 million shares, the company said yesterday in a government filing.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Act now to stop Congress from legalizing spyware!  —  The SPY Act, a new anti-spyware law, makes it impossible for consumer rights groups to sue DRM companies for putting spyware in their DRM (like Sony did last year, with its rootkit DRM).  The irony is that spyware is already illegal …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
More ways for you to give us input  —  At Google, we are always working hard to provide searchers with the best possible results.  We've found that our spam reporting form is a great way to get your input as we continue to improve our results.  Some of you have asked for a way to report paid links as well.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Ron Conway: Third-rate VCs are paying off entrepreneurs  —  Ron Conway, the most prolific investor in the latest wave of Internet companies, is hot for video companies, and ways to monetize them.  —  However, he's upset by some recent investment practices, he says.
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Mahalo Greenhouse Launches
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
'Widgets' May Snag More Ads
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Fuels — and Foils — Campaigns
Jon Fortt / The Utility Belt:
iTunes account will be required for iPhone use
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Unlocked iPhones a reality through Pure Digital?
Discussion: Cult of Mac
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The Future of Twitter: Five Applications to Think About
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Jason Dobson / Gamasutra:
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Square Enix CEO: 360, PS3 too complex
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Microsoft Plugs 15 Security Holes
Discussion: Microsoft and Today @ PC World
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Google to Reduce History of Personal Searches
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Jesse James Garrett Sees Adobe AIR as Another Boost For Web Apps
Discussion: JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Track Your Widget's Global Domination on Clearspring
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Microsoft Versus Google: Apple Wins
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You Asked For it, You Got It. New Features Added to Google Analytics
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Google party at eBay event will protest Checkout ban