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6:50 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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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)  —  Break out the sedatives, because Carl Icahn is getting mighty tetchy with Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and the board of directors of the troubled Internet company!  —  In yet another letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock …
Lee Brodie / CNBC:
First On Fast: Icahn Answers Yahoo!
Discussion: Bits and Brier Dudley's blog
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 …
Discussion: Recovering Journalist
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
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa  —  The next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned.  This info is hot on the heels of TUAW's original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Location, location, location: The iPhone with GPS nears  —  There's smoke, there's fire, and then there's a volcano the size of Olympus Mons on Mars erupting and turning the ground into an ocean of burning lava.  Such is current state of speculation surrounding the 3G iPhone.
Discussion: Lost Remote and TechCrunch
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market
Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings Rich User Experiences to Smart, Connected, Service-Oriented Enterprise Devices With Windows Embedded Standard 2009  —  The next generation of Windows XP Embedded, Windows Embedded Standard 2009, enables devices to easily connect to Windows Vista-based PCs and take advantage of new features in Windows Server 2008.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback  —  The Facebook advertising platform continues to advance ahead of the rest of the social network pack.  We're still waiting on the API, but they've recently snuck out a feature that allows users to indicate whether they like or dislike an ad served up to them.
Discussion: All Facebook and WinExtra
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. …
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Game|Life
David Faber / CNBC:
Verizon in Talks to Buy Alltel for $27 Billion  —  Verizon is deep in talks to acquire Alltel, the nation's fifth largest wireless carrier, for roughly $27 billion, people close to the talks have told CNBC.  —  Alltel was only recently taken private by TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in a $27.5 billion deal.
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Gallery is Open for Business  —  SearchMonkey is taking another step in its evolution with the public launch of the Yahoo! Search Gallery.  Starting today, users and developers can visit the Search Gallery by clicking the “Customize” dropdown from the search results page.
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.
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux  —  Vendor shifts towards open source ‘because of Microsoft’ … Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and netbooks.  —  The company is already heavily promoting Linux for its low cost ultra-portable netbook range out later this year …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE launches in July, adds video recording, other features  —  So, you're on the edge of seat waiting for this fabled Tony Hawk Sidekick LX to launch, huh?  Good news for you then, because we just got the full scoop on it!  The device will be “previewed” starting tomorrow but won't go on sale until mid July.
 
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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.0 firmware details and information on second generation iPhone
Discussion: iPhone Atlas
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
HubDub launches PunditWatch. We don't do so well (so far)
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation
Discussion: BoomTown
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Disney Merging WDIG Group With Games Unit; Forming Disney Interactive Media Group
Discussion: BoomTown
kottke.org:
TBS and their annoying interstitial commericials
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
Discussion: Engadget, loose wire blog and GMSV
Garrett Smith / VoIP Insider:
101 Things You Can Do With Asterisk (and more)!
 Earlier Items: 
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry
Discussion: Kotaku and RyanSpoon.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Text to Save Lives: Mobile Giving Takes Off
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
HongHai Shen / The Official Google Blog:
Does your password pass the test?
Cade Metz / The Register:
Boffins prove the existence of jet-setters
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Craig of Craigslist talks about spam, online threats and feuding pet lovers
Discussion: Valleywag
Michael Mewhinney / Google:
NASA and Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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