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8:50 AM ET, June 5, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now  —  If you buy a new Windows Vista PC, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Internet Explorer 7.  If you buy a new Macintosh computer, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Safari 3.0.  So why would you want or need a different Web browser?
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes  —  This second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers …
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Why Firefox 3 matters  —  Review - According to Mozilla …
Discussion: Digg
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Newspapers Still Don't Understand About The Web  —  Why is Google making more money everyday while newspapers are making less?  I'm going to pick on The Washington Post again only because it's my local paper and this is a local example.  —  There were severe storms in the Washington area today …
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30  —  Microsoft may be sunsetting XP, but you'll still be able to buy it on some new systems—and support isn't going away for several years.  —  Windows XP is dead ... long live Windows XP.  You may have heard that as of June 30 …
Discussion: Mashable! and One Microsoft Way
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it's running call-in ‘save XP’ petition
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Icahn to Yahoo: Nix the poison pill, now  —  Editor's note: Updated on June 4, Wednesday, at 3:06 p.m. PDT with comments from Carl Icahn during an interview on CNBC.  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is waging a proxy fight with Yahoo, sent a letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Latest Letter to Yahoo (The Crazy Eddie Edition)
Discussion: WebProNews and CNBC
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover  —  One of the most successful business partnerships in history was coming unraveled.  It was early 2000, and Bill Gates had relinquished the chief executive's job at Microsoft Corp. to Steve Ballmer — for the first time taking a back seat …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.0 firmware details and information on second generation iPhone  —  We've all heard the rumors that the iPhone 2.0 firmware would be out at WWDC 08, but we have received some information that begs to differ.  According to the information that we have, it will be released late June/early July.
Discussion: Phones Review and iPhone Atlas
Patrick Frater / Variety:
U2 manager slams Internet providers  —  McGuinness likens ISPs to ‘shoplifters’  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness launched a blistering attack on the world's Internet providers Wednesday, accusing them of strangling the music industry.  —  Speaking at the Music Matters confab in Hong Kong …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Mashable!
Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry  —  While Industry Minister Jim Prentice has sought to project an air of unflappability around the outcry over the Canadian DMCA, it would appear that behind the scenes his staff is working overtime to eliminate any negative comments on Wikipedia.
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Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's DMCA Indecision
Discussion: Techdirt
McAfee:
McAfee, Inc. Names Most Dangerous Domains to Surf and Search on the Web  —  New McAfee Research Names Hong Kong as Most Dangerous Country Domain; Finland is Safest  —  Hong Kong (.hk) domain has jumped 28 places as the most dangerous place to surf and search on the web according to a new McAfee Inc. …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation  —  Slide is a peculiar Web 2.0 company.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is founder Max Levchin, who co-founded PayPal and has been profiled as a workaholic by the New York Times.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and BoomTown
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Video Plus Box in Google's Results  —  Google used to have a feature that allowed you to watch videos from YouTube and Google Video inside the search results.  Launched in May 2007, the video plus box was a quick way to play videos without having to load the entire page of a video hosting site.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Gets Into... Video Gaming?  —  Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made a statement at a conference that I think we can all agree with: … However, not only did she talk at a conference about digital gaming …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Flip v. My Cheap Canon Camera: Flip Loses Across The Board  —  The Flip Mino, the third version of the popular Flip video camera, launched today to a torrent of well orchestrated press coverage.  —  We've been a little harsh on the Flip in the past, so I was pleased when they reached …
Discussion: DVICE, Gizmodo and TECH.BLORGE.com
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
MSI Plans Next Wind Mini-laptop, Smaller Devices  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) is already planning a smaller, thinner version of its popular Wind mini-laptop aimed at business people, an official from the company said Thursday.  —  The Taiwanese company is also planning …
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile
 
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Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings Rich User Experiences to Smart, Connected …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE launches in July, adds video recording, other features
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Gallery is Open for Business
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Location, location, location: The iPhone with GPS nears
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback
Discussion: All Facebook and WinExtra
kottke.org:
TBS and their annoying interstitial commericials
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
 Earlier Items: 
Garrett Smith / VoIP Insider:
101 Things You Can Do With Asterisk (and more)!
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry
Discussion: Kotaku and RyanSpoon.com
HongHai Shen / The Official Google Blog:
Does your password pass the test?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa