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3:50 PM ET, June 3, 2008

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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
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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 …
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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Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:   StarF*#ked.  (or, how not to handle forgotten password recovery …
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Starbucks and AT&T Officially Cut The Ribbon For Free Wi-Fi
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
24/7 Wall St.:
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.
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Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
Digital media growing fast, study says
Discussion: VentureBeat
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox on track to crack 20% share in July  —  Firefox, Safari, Opera gain in May; IE drops more than one percentage point  —  Computerworld) Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser is on pace to hit the 20% market-share mark next month, a Web metrics company said today.
Discussion: TechSpot, VoIP Blog and Slashdot
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Firefox Continues Long March to the Top
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:
‘Second Life’ enters the world of mobile phones  —  Demanding a better-than-average processor, a 1024x768 screen resolution, a boatload of RAM, and a strong video card just to take part, it's hard to believe that Second Life, the virtual world developed by Linden Lab (download for Windows and Mac), could ever survive on a mobile phone.
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 …
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 …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube's Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris
Agence France Presse:
China's music industry warns Baidu search engine over piracy
Discussion: Ars Technica
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Asus Eee PC 1000 vs Atom-based 901 vs original 701... fight!
Google Earth Blog:
Look Around with Google Panoramio
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: The Filter doesn't check Internet's pulse just yet
Prashanth Koppula / Official Google Webmaster …:
Improving on Robots Exclusion Protocol
IDG News Service:
Intel Says Atom Shortage Will Ease Soon
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Netbooks - Too little, too late, and way too expensive
Discussion: Microsoft
 Earlier Items: 
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:
SkyNet Lives! (aka EC2 @ SmugMug)
StephH / Live Search:
Customize your 404 error pages with the Web Page Error Toolkit
Ryan Spoon:
Lessons From How The Planet Communicated Their Data Center Explosion
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple secrecy to new levels: fake store built just for ad
InfoWorld:
Gates bids adieu to developers
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Google Search Ads Rile Its Big Customers
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
.Mac mail down, speculations abound
 

 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Lilian Lin / Wall Street Journal:
As China Cracks Down on Illegal Videos, Lovers of Foreign TV Mourn

 
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