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9:50 PM ET, June 3, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Steps Up Yahoo Attack, Seeks Yang's Ouster as CEO  —  Investor Carl Icahn is stepping up his rhetoric against Yahoo Inc., accusing the Internet company's chief executive officer, Jerry Yang, and its board of being disingenuous about their willingness to consider Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition offer …
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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 …
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Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
On stage at the TechEd 2008 keynote
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: ‘Ballmer Bot’ mimicks Microsoft CEO
Discussion: Digital Daily
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Go Live
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Bink.nu
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.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Was eBay a fad?  —  We already know that the famously cute story of eBay's origin - founder Pierre Omidyar launched the site to help his fiancee trade the PEZ dispensers she collected - was a lie cooked up by a PR operative.  We also know that the company's vaunted “reputation system” …
Discussion: Open Sources and The Open Road
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube's Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris  —  Google's senior executive exodus continues.  YouTube's head of monetization, Shashi Seth, has now left the company to become the chief revenue officer of Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Cooliris.  In his new job at the startup …
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Starbucks Wi-Fi: It's not completely free  —  I'm among the jillions of people who are glad that Starbucks is finally offering “free” wireless access in its stores.  As I said before, it's about time.  —  But you may want to think carefully before rushing in to log on ...
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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Starbucks offers new flavor: Free Wi-Fi
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan private pics exposed by Yahoo hack  —  Want to see Paris Hilton's MySpace profile?  How about Lindsay Lohan's?  Don't worry about those pesky privacy settings.  Thanks to “data portability,” a faddish technology movement that the Valley has been buzzing about for months …
Discussion: Business Technology and Switched
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The Newspapers: Rating The Top 25 Newspaper Websites  —  The struggle for large daily metropolitan newspapers to stay profitable and survive is based on the race between the drop in their print advertising and the improvement of their online sales.  Newspaper industry costs are rising along with fuel and commodities prices.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
U.S. Internet will shrink to 2 strong players: report  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Internet analyst for a major Wall Street firm argues in a new report that Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc will be long-term winners, while Yahoo and IAC InterActiveCorp fall by the wayside and eBay Inc becomes a merger target.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Start-Up Releases Smaller Version of Flip Camcorder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the last year, Pure Digital, a small San Francisco start-up, has shown the world's consumer electronics companies how to build a camcorder that regular people actually use.  —  It has sold nearly one million units …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
Nicole Maestri / eWeek:
Wal-Mart Pushing Blu-ray Players  —  With the HD DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the high definition DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores Inc is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Canonical makes Ubuntu Netbook Remix official at Computex  —  Not like we weren't totally expecting this or anything, but Canonical has chosen Computex as the expo where it will officially showcase Ubuntu Netbook Remix.  Hailed as a “reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Grabs Another $30 Million; Valued At About $125M  —  Video-sharing site Veoh has raised another $30 million and has brought aboard three brand-name investors: Intel (INTC), Adobe (ADBE)and Capital Research's Gordon Crawford.  We hear the round values the company in the $120 million- $125 million range, pre-money.
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers Another Great Corporate E-Mail Solution, Giving Customers Access To Business Information On Their Phones  —  Verizon Wireless Phones Can Now Access Corporate E-Mail with RemoSync  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Businesses can stay connected to their corporate e-mail using …
CSR:
CSR launches the world's most highly integrated wireless single chip  —  Combines Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, GPS, FM transmit and receive  —  CSR (LSE: CSR) today announced the launch of its seventh generation BlueCore silicon.  BlueCore7 is the world's first device integrating Bluetooth v2.1+EDR …
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