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9:20 AM ET, June 6, 2008

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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Introducing Gmail Labs  —  We have a lot ideas for Gmail — many come as suggestions from Gmail users, many come from people here at Google.  But there's only so much we can do at any one time.  —  People often ask how we decide what to build next.  It's usually a mix of factors …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Gmail Gets 13 Experimental New Features Tonight  —  Starting at 6PM Pacific Time tonight, Google will start rolling out Gmail Labs, an experimental area of new Gmail features that will be familiar and very welcome to users of the Better Gmail Firefox extension.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Live Coverage Of Google Gmail Event  —  Update: Our full story on Gmail Labs is here.  —  At 1pm PST Google is hosting an event to launch a new Gmail feature they're calling the “next evolution of 20% time.”  They say it will be a change in their development process and “users will be able to influence Gmail's design.”
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to let users test new Gmail features
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Gmail Labs: A Public Stage for Googlers' 20% Time
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik comes to Windows Mobile.  Not Qik enough for 3G iPhone  —  As mobile phones become more powerful and unlimited data transfer plans from carriers become widespread, technologies such as streaming live video from phones are becoming feasible.  One of the most hyped players in this market is Qik.
Discussion: Webware.com and NewTeeVee
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Qik Expands to Windows Mobile Platform
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
An Interview with Qik On New Windows Mobile Version
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Damnit...FriendFeed Gets Even More Useful With An Interestingness Filter  —  I still haven't decided if FriendFeed, which aggregates activities from other websites like YouTube, Twitter, your blog, Flickr, etc., is the ultimate walled garden of our personal data or possibly the answer to the Centralized Me problem.
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed adds personalized recommendations  —  I was just on a two-week vacation in Peru, and when I got back, there was so much stuff in my FriendFeed that I couldn't sort through it all.  I just wanted to see the most interesting stuff I'd missed.  —  That's why I'm happy to announce …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Former Chief of Broadcom Is Indicted  —  Henry T. Nicholas III, the flamboyant co-founder and former chief executive of the chip maker Broadcom, was indicted Thursday in California on fraud, conspiracy and drug charges, including allegations that he spiked the drinks of other executives with ecstasy.
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Los Angeles Times:
O.C. tech billionaire indicted  —  Ex-Broadcom CEO Henry Nicholas is accused of stock fraud and supplying drugs.  —  Somewhere in the skies between Orange County and Las Vegas, federal prosecutors say, Broadcom Corp. co-founder and hard-partying billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III gave new meaning to the term “highflying.”
AnandTech:
The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again  —  Two years ago in Taiwan at Computex 2006 Gary Key and I stayed up all night benchmarking the Core 2 Extreme X6800, the first Core micro-architecture (Conroe core) CPU we had laid our hands on.  While Intel retroactively applied its tick-tock model …
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Arn / MacRumors:   Early Version of Intel's Nehalem Benchmarked, Much Faster than Penryn
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
ConnectU Wants Out Of Its Settlement With Facebook; Wants To Sue Again  —  Earlier this year, we were disappointed to see Facebook agree to settle with ConnectU.  ConnectU was another wannabe social network that Mark Zuckerberg worked for briefly before going off to found Facebook.
Discussion: The Register
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Integrates Haute Secure to Block Malware  —  Opera, the Norwegian-based web browser, has struck a deal with Haute Secure to include malware detection and blocking in the browser's new 9.5 release.  The new version is currently available as a beta, with a final release imminent.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Slashdot
Joe Hughes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Get bus and train directions on the go with Google Maps for mobile  —  Ever since Google Maps added public transportation directions for San Francisco, it's been a lot easier for me to figure out which buses and trains will get me where I'm going around town, so that today's gas prices take less of a toll on my wallet.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Leaked Report: ISP Secretly Added Spy Code To Web Sessions, Crashing Browsers  —  An internal British Telecom report on a secret trial of an ISP eavesdropping and advertising technology found that the system crashed some unsuspecting users' browsers, and a small percentage …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
iCall Brings Seamless Free VoIP to iPhone  —  A company I'm calling iCraw just announced a VoIP system for the iPhone that allows you to hop onto a VoIP network mid-call whenever you hit an open hotspot.  It also offers free calls to the U.S. and Canada.  It should be available on the Apple iPhone App store next week.
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Western Digital working on 20,000 RPM Raptor  —  According to several sources close to the hard drive industry, Western Digital is working on a 20,000 RPM Raptor hard drive to combat the increasing pressure from SSD manufacturers.  —  We have spoken to a lot of people out here in Taipei …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple assigns new Senior VPs of iPhone Software, Mac Engineering
Discussion: Engadget and One More Thing
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Want to get an iPhone ASAP? Raid the stock room at AT&T stores
Discussion: Unwired View and PalmAddicts
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. to sue Time Warner Cable over poor service
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BPI and Virgin Media Agree to Start Warning Uploaders
Discussion: The Register and Telegraph
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Scaling the cloud, deflating the price of software
Steve O'Hear / ReadWriteWeb:
How Google Plans to Win the Wild West of the Mobile Web
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Review: Finally a useful digital pen
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
U2's Manager Lashes Out Yet Again: Blames Absolutely Everyone …
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