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11:40 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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Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Why Firefox 3 matters  —  Review - According to Mozilla …
Discussion: Digg
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless To Acquire Alltel; Will Expand Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network  —  Investor Relations +44 (0) 1635 664 447  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Verizon Wireless has entered into an agreement with Alltel Corporation and Atlantis Holdings LLC …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Disney World in 3D in Google Earth  —  Frank Taylor of the Google Earth Blog has news that Disney World of Orlando, Florida, is now available in 3D in Google Earth.  To view this, enter disney world in the Google Earth search box - you might want to download the latest version …
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Bruce Polderman / Google LatLong:
A virtual visit to where dreams come true
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Disney World in 3D in Google Earth has Arrived!
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 …
APC:
Up close with Dell's Eee PC killer … During a packed two day international media briefing at Dell's headquarters in Austin, Texas, the single product which attracted the most attention was the company's forthcoming mini-note.  —  We took the opportunity to very briefly get hands …
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 …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   U2 Manager: Everyone Else Is To Blame For Music Industry's Woes
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Drops Ability To Watch Video Directly In Search Results  —  Ionut posted something I have noticed for the past few weeks, Google has removed the ability to watch videos directly in the search results.  —  In the past, a search for starwars kid, as one example, returned a video with a plus sign that said “watch video.”
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   No More Video Plus Boxes in Google's Results
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 …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Could Kill The Nintendo DS  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF -  —  There's only one company on earth that has come back from behind to wrest a multibillion-dollar market away from Sony, beat back a grasping Microsoft and delight tens of millions of customers around the world in the process.
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear and MacDailyNews
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Please Give Us Your Email Password  —  A number of people whose opinions I greatly respect have turned me on to Yelp over the last six months or so.  Yelp is a community review site, and a great way to discover cool new places in whatever neighborhood you happen to be in.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update to address Adobe CS3 file corruption  —  As expected, Apple on Wednesday evening delivered to its developer community the first pre-release copies of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update, which repairs a critical flaw in saving files from Adobe's Creative Suite bundle.
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
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study secretly tracks cell phone users  —  Study tracking 100,000 raises privacy, ethical questions  —  WASHINGTON - Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home.
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Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
IBM to cool layered chips with water
Macworld UK:
Rumour: O2 plans free iPhone 3G upgrade and pay-as-you-go
GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft urges Sony to act on ‘directionless’ PSP
M. David Stone / PC Magazine:
Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer
KOKOGIAK:
New Project: The Big Picture
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Small Business Marketing Success Story: Teresa Boardman, Real Estate Agent
Discussion: Screenwerk
Yannick Stucki / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gadgets for Linux: One Step closer to Open Source
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
MSI Plans Next Wind Mini-laptop, Smaller Devices
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Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Gets Into... Video Gaming?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings Rich User Experiences to Smart, Connected …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Gallery is Open for Business
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30