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Book search winding down  —  Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week.  Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
Microsoft shuts down book search
Discussion: Techdirt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect from Steve Jobs on June 9  —  Thursday was a red-letter day for 3G iPhone rumors.  On Wall St., the “rumor of a rumor” of an iPhone delay was enough to drive Apple (AAPL) share prices down 5 points in midafternoon trading.  Meanwhile, a dozen subway stops to the north …
Peter X. Deng / Facebook Blog:
Update Your Profile From More Websites  —  A few weeks ago, we told you about the new ability to import stories into your Mini-Feed from other sites.  Since then, we've been working on increasing the number of sites that work with this feature.  We're happy to report that now …
Discussion: Mashable! and The Real McCrea
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Facebook triples the number of services you can import into your feed — moving in on FriendFeed?  —  Facebook continues to inch closer to competing with FriendFeed.  Today the social network announced eight more services that you can import into the Mini-Feed on your profile.
Discussion: CNET
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Alpha Geeks  —  In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called “If I Ran the Zoo.”  It contained the sentence: “I'll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a SEERSUCKER, too!”  According to the psychologist David Anderegg …
GameStop to Stop Zune Sales  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) GME MSFT  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft'sMSFT Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Zune Now Eligible for Protection Under Endangered Species Act
Discussion: Valleywag
New 3G Apple iPhone in U.S., Canada, Suggests Customs Data  —  Since mid-March, Apple Inc. and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type never before declared on its shipping manifests.  —  With iPhones currently out of stock at many Apple stores …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
FCC May Rule on Sirius-XM Combination by End of June  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may reach a decision on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s proposed takeover of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. by the end of June, Chairman Kevin Martin said.  —  “The commission could act …
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
FCC may auction another 25 MHz of spectrum
Pete Bratach / Facebook Developers:
The Sandbox for the New Profile Design Is Now Open  —  As we promised recently, we've opened up our beta sandbox for the new profile design.  You should have enough time to test the new design with your applications before we launch it to our users next month.
Discussion: TechCrunch, All Facebook and WebProNews
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook New Profile Dev Sandbox Now Live
Discussion: Mashable!
Royal Pingdom:
Smart and funny use of Google Adwords  —  Text ads can be smart, funny, and sometimes unintentionally hilarious when they show up in the wrong context.  —  David, our web designer and marketing maestro here at Pingdom was surfing the web last night and put together a list of really funny and original text ads from Google Adwords.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software  —  A federal district judge in Washington State handed down an important decision this week on shrink-wrap license agreements and the First Sale Doctrine.  The case concerned an eBay merchant named Timothy Vernor who has repeatedly locked horns …
Down on the server farm  —  The real-world implications of the rise of internet computing  —  EVEN when the sky is blue over Quincy, clouds hang in the air.  The small town in the centre of the state of Washington is home to half a dozen huge warehouses that power the global “computing clouds” …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pioneering Music Piracy Group Suffers Another Conviction  —  Yesterday saw Barry Gitarts convicted by a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement.  —  Gitarts, aged 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y, previously operated under the alias ‘Dextro’ within …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Linking to movies leads to $4 million in fines  —  Hollywood has been granted another victory in its war against piracy, this time at the expense of two linking sites that the Motion Picture Association of America believes profited from enabling copyright infringement.
Discussion: TechSpot and WebProNews
Daily Yomiuri Online:
Man ‘stole rental cars after planting GPS devices in them’  —  A 30-year-old man has been indicted on charges of stealing rental cars by installing global positioning system devices in rented vehicles, tracking their location after they are returned to rental companies, and then stealing them by using copied keys, police said.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Akimbo, Dot Gone  —  Akimbo, an early entrant in the Internet Video game has shuttered its doors, as first indicated by VentureBeat and confirmed by NewTeeVee.  Peter Chantel, CFO of the company told NewTeeVee that the nine-year-old company has held onto a skeleton staff that will find a buyer for the company.
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