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1:30 PM ET, June 3, 2008


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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Starbucks offers new flavor: Free Wi-Fi  —  Thirsty for more business during the worst slump in its history, Starbucks will try to lure more customers by offering two hours of free AT&T Wi-Fi a day.  —  The Wi-Fi freebie will be available starting Tuesday to customers who purchase …
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
StarF*#ked.  (or, how not to handle forgotten password recovery flow during a massive promotion)  —  to whomever can promise i never have to enter forgotten password flow ever again:  —  PLEASE ENSLAVE ME NOW.  —  (screen capture while trying to register my acct/card to get free wifi @ Starbucks)
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Free AT&T Wi-Fi Rolls Out At Starbucks - Finally
Discussion: Engadget and Boy Genius Report
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Auctions on eBay: A Dying Breed  —  As consumers opt for fixed-price purchases, what happens to the company that perfected the art of online bidding—and the scores of e-auctioneers?  —  Bruce Hershenson, who auctions vintage posters online, is hanging up his eBay gavel.
Nick / Rough Type:
Was eBay a fad?  —  We already know that the famously cute story …
Discussion: The Open Road
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Wikia Search launches the hackable search engine  —  This morning, Wikia is rolling out cool features on the controversial Wikia Search engine (previous review).  —  Starting today, if you do a search on the engine and don't like the results, you'll be able to change them.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Jimmy Wales Reboots His ‘Google-Killer’  —  Last January, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched a search engine called Wikia Search, a purported “Google-killer” that aimed to edit and refine search results with the same methods that have made Wikipedia a Web phenomenon—the contributions of thousands of volunteers.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Jimmy Wales: Wikia Search Finally Doesn't Suck
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas  —  TechEd 2008 Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development, services.  He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando …
Joanna Stern /
MSI Wind (Windows XP)  —  This 10-inch mini-notebook has good computing punch and impressive endurance.  —  Price as Reviewed: $499.00  —  Review Contents:  —  In order to achieve their diminutive size, weight, and price, most mini-notebooks come with compromises: the screen or keyboard is too small …
Eric Auchard / eWeek:
Yahoo Opposed Google Deal Before Microsoft Bid  —  Execs dismissed a search-advertising deal with Google due to antitrust concerns, one day before Microsoft made its takeover offer.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc executives dismissed a search-advertising deal with Google due to antitrust concerns …
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Goosh: a retro Web app with cutting-edge interface  —  If ever something was neither fish nor fowl, it's Goosh, a Web-based command-line interface for Google.  —  On the one hand, Goosh creator Stefan Grothkopp shows off the power of Web 2. applications, with the browser becoming …
Tristan Louis / The weblog:
Is Techmeme myopic?  —  I'm a big fan of TechMeme, a web aggregation service that provides, at a glance, a few of what's being discussed in the technology-focused part of the blogosphere.  It has allowed me to unsubscribe from a large number of RSS feeds that were providing me with redundant information …
Ggaren / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SquirrelFish  —  “Hello, Internet!”  —  WebKit's core JavaScript engine just got a new interpreter, code-named SquirrelFish.  —  SquirrelFish is fast—much faster than WebKit's previous interpreter.  Check out the numbers.  On the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
All-encompassing iPhone patent filing hints at GPS, video chat  —  Apple has filed for a patent that addresses virtually every aspect of the iPhone, including potential additions such as GPS mapping, media messaging, video calls, and voice commands.  —  While Apple has filed …
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Computerworld
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Nearly all returned gadgets still work  —  Users only think they are broken  —  A STAGGERING 95 PER CENT of electronic goods which are taken back to the shop are not actually broken, according to consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture.  —  Apparently, when punters return their electronic gear …
Susan Panico / PlayStation.Blog:
Introducing Qore: Taking you behind the curtain with PlayStation  —  Today we are announcing that Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network, a highly interactive, monthly lifestyle gaming program covering the world inside PLAYSTATION is on its way to PS3.  Qore has been developed …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
.Mac mail down, speculations abound  —  If you're a .Mac mail user, then you probably know that .Mac's mail system has been down for almost 6 hours.  According to the .Mac system status, 100% of users are experiencing the problems.  Here's what Apple says:
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Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
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Pauline Askin / eWeek:
Plasma TVs, Gaming Consoles Guzzle Electricity
Discussion: Digital Download
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Google Search Ads Rile Its Big Customers
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Social Media is timely, get over it
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Future Is Now? Pretty Soon, at Least
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu's Volkswagen
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
How Google defines IP delivery, geolocation, and cloaking
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Back to School Promo: Free iPod Touch with Mac Purchase
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
What Yahoo doesn't want you to know about the Microsoft deal
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