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12:25 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 …
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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Free AT&T Wi-Fi Rolls Out At Starbucks - Finally
Discussion: Engadget and Boy Genius Report
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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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
Joanna Stern / LaptopMag.com:
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 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Acer aspires to lead low-cost laptop race  —  After months as the subject of speculation in the media, Acer will introduce its own low-cost mini-notebook PC at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Tuesday.  —  The device will be called the Acer Aspire One, as expected.
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 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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:   95 percent of all returned gadgets still work, Americans don't read manuals
Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Time Warner Cable's Pay-Per-Use Internet Experiment Will Fail  —  Time Warner Cable's (TWC) long-rumored Beaumont, Texas experiment — giving new cable modem subscribers a bandwidth allowance and charging for overages — begins this week, the AP reports.
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Time Warner Cable ready to test metered Net use
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 …
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Make blogging effortless with Zemanta  —  One of blogging's biggest barriers is how much work you have to do to get a post out the door.  You can stick to straight text, but adding links, pictures, tags, and related stories makes it more engaging for your readers.
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:
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
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Microsoft:
Following Success of Windows on Netbooks, Microsoft Extends Windows Offering to Nettop Devices  —  More than 20 OEMs are delivering Windows solutions on their netbook devices.  —  Today at Computex, Microsoft Corp. announced that following the success of Windows on netbooks …
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Future Is Now?  Pretty Soon, at Least  —  Before we get to Ray Kurzweil's plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.  —  Do you have trouble sticking to a diet?  Have patience.
 
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft Clarify robots.txt Support
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Peter Gabriel's The Filter - scrobbling your life
Peter Glaskowsky / Crave: The gadget blog:
VIA and NVIDIA offer new chips for small systems
Discussion: Forbes
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Social Media is timely, get over it
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Rebrands Custom Search “Business Edition” As “Google Site Search”
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T settles suit over 3rd-party cell phone fees
Discussion: CNET News.com and mocoNews.net
Nielsen:
NBC Universal and Nielsen Creating Sales Metrics That Measure ROI …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Wal-Mart tests free online classified ads
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Michael Geist Blog:
Report Says Canadian DMCA To Include $500 Fine Per Download
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu's Volkswagen
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Bezos On Kindle: ‘We Would Love To Have Color’—And Every Book Ever
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
TuneCore: Get yourself on iTunes for $30
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal
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