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12:55 PM ET, June 5, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Verizon Wireless To Acquire Alltel; Will Expand Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 5 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless has entered into an agreement with Alltel Corporation and Atlantis Holdings LLC, an affiliate of private investment firm TPG Capital …
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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 …
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:   Microsoft's Aborted Baby: the First Web-Office (Almost)
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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Disney World 3D for Google Earth YouTube Demo
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Bruce Polderman / Google LatLong:
A virtual visit to where dreams come true
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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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 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Pushes Search Results Customization to Users  —  Yahoo!'s SearchMonkey platform got a little more public today with the unveiling of the Search Gallery — the platform's official application repository.  The gallery has already been open to developers and curious bloggers for a couple of weeks …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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 and Vanessa Fox posted a few days ago, Google has removed the ability to watch videos directly in the search results.  —  In the past, a search for starwars kid …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   No More Video Plus Boxes in Google's Results
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Larger Apple multi-touch devices move beyond prototype stage  —  There's a 50-50 chance that Apple will introduce new form factor multi-touch devices at its developers conference next week, ushering the company into the ultra-mobile computing space, one Wall Street analyst says.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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
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.
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet Week New York's party scene off to a testosterone-fueled start  —  Revelers at Thrillist's ‘Information Superparty’  —  NEW YORK—Predatory women of the Samantha Jones variety would've done well to hightail it to Brooklyn on Wednesday night.  Social news site Digg took …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Verizon:
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TV Tops, But PC Video Watching Grows
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo inks InstallShield deal to help propagate toolbar
InfoWorld:
IBM releases ODF-based Office killer
Discussion: Open Source
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Responds to Carl Icahn's Allegations
Discussion: Valleywag
CBC News:
Government buffing Prentice's Wikipedia entry
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Google leases acreage at Moffett for complex
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How to measure the 3G iPhone buzz
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and I4U News
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Forbes:
Telefonica to be sole distributor of 3G iPhone in Spain for 100 euro - report
Discussion: Macsimum News and iLounge
Macworld UK:
Rumour: O2 plans free iPhone 3G upgrade and pay-as-you-go
GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft urges Sony to act on ‘directionless’ PSP
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update to address Adobe CS3 file corruption
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Flip v. My Cheap Canon Camera: Flip Loses Across The Board
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.0 firmware details and information on second generation iPhone
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