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11:20 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: The iPhone envy is starting to show (already)  —  Microsoft said it will sell nearly 20 million Windows Mobile licenses in a letter designed to rally its smartphone partners.  It's no coincidence that the pep talk comes just a few days before these the likely launch of Apple's 3G iPhone.
Discussion: wmpoweruser.com
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik comes to Windows Mobile. Not Qik enough for 3G iPhone
Discussion: NewTeeVee, TechCrunch and Webware.com
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 …
Washington Post:
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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.”
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Dane Hamilton / eWeek:
Icahn Says Yahoo Should Sell to Microsoft  —  If Microsoft doesn't accept the offer, Icahn says he'll push for a deal with Google.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investor Carl Icahn on Friday told Yahoo Inc that it should offer to sell the company to Microsoft Corp for $34.375 per share, the latest volley in an acrimonious war of words.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple assigns new Senior VPs of iPhone Software, Mac Engineering  —  Apple Inc. last week extended its executive branch from ten to twelve members, creating a new position to oversee its iPhone software experience and appointing its first senior VP of Mac hardware development, AppleInsider has learned.
Discussion: Engadget, One More Thing and iLounge
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Want to get an iPhone ASAP?  Raid the stock room at AT&T stores  —  We just got this message from someone who works for AT&T. It was sent by upper-management to stores:  —  “Just an FYI that as of today, the only iPhones left to sell are those in your inventory rooms in store.
Discussion: Unwired View and PalmAddicts
PC Pro:
Virgin begins anti-sharing offensive  —  Virgin Media and the BPI are to begin sending warning letters to Virgin broadband subscribers who they allege have been illegally sharing music files.  —  Confirming plans announced in March, Virgin will send accused customers two letters, its own and one penned by the BPI.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
BPI and Virgin Media Agree to Start Warning Uploaders
Discussion: The Register and Telegraph
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
Opera:
Opera and Haute Secure partner to protect consumers from next-generation Web-based threats  —  Opera improves its industry-leading Fraud Protection with advanced malware prevention technology from Haute Secure  —  Opera Software today announced a new partnership with Haute Secure, the leader in Web-based threat protection.
Discussion: Defense in Depth and Mashable!
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Integrates Haute Secure to Block Malware
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The growing importance of Design  —  It's happening slowly, but surely.  Design is becoming news.  —  Take the example of Facebook's recently redesigned Profile pages.  Huge news both for the users of the site as well as the developers Facebook is trying to court.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
I.T. 2.0  —  How Changing Technology is Having Big Impacts on Business  —  In case you haven't heard yet - the I.T. world is changing.  The rise of social computing technologies, generally branded as “Web 2.0” and including things like wikis, blogs, social networking, RSS, and more are slowly making their way into the business world.
Business Technology:
Men Write Code from Mars, Women Write More Helpful Code from Venus  —  We all know men hate to ask for directions.  Apparently they loathe putting directions in computer code, too.  —  Emma McGrattan, the senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres …
Discussion: elemental links
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.
Decryption / MacTalk News:
What's in the Box?  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under  —  What's in the Box?  —  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under?  —  Late yesterday afternoon MacTalk received the above photo from a very reliable source who can not be named for obvious reasons (fear of assassination by the Apple Secret Police I presume).
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, iLounge and I4U News
 
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IBM aims to cool chips with water
Discussion: Slashdot
Christian Yee / Inside AdWords:
AdWords Editor 6.0 for Windows and Mac
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The iPhone Stakeout: Part I
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Five Best Antivirus Applications
Discussion: Digg
corp.aol.com:
AOL Expands Platform-A to Europe
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iPHONE 3G LAST MINUTE SIZE CHANGE!
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Tribune Co. Plans Sharp Cutbacks at Papers
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ConnectU Wants Out Of Its Settlement With Facebook; Wants To Sue Again
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Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. to sue Time Warner Cable over poor service
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Western Digital working on 20,000 RPM Raptor
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Scaling the cloud, deflating the price of software
Rachel Hinman / Adaptive Path:
The Mobile Internet and Mix Tapes
AnandTech:
The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again
Steve O'Hear / ReadWriteWeb:
How Google Plans to Win the Wild West of the Mobile Web
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