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12:20 PM ET, June 6, 2008


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Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Introducing Gmail Labs  —  We have a lot of 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 …
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.
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).
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Carl Icahn lays out 5-point game plan for Yahoo  —  After a one-day lull in the Yahoo-Icahn war of words, billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday listed his five-step game plan for the company, should his dissident slate of directors succeed in unseating Yahoo's current board at the August 1 shareholder meeting.
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and DealBook
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.
Washington Post:
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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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits, Bands and Books  —  Do you remember what it was like back in the old days when we had a New Economy?  In the 1990s, jobs were abundant, oil was cheap and information technology was about to change everything.  —  Then the technology bubble popped.  Many highly touted New Economy companies …
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 …
Tim Smalley /
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: Crave, Gizmodo and Engadget
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
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
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: Download Squad and Slashdot
Opera and Haute Secure partner to protect consumers from next …
Discussion: Defense in Depth and Mashable!
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Is the Verizon-Alltel deal good for consumers?
IBM aims to cool chips with water
Discussion: Slashdot
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
I.T. 2.0  —  How Changing Technology is Having Big Impacts on Business
Christian Yee / Inside AdWords:
AdWords Editor 6.0 for Windows and Mac
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The iPhone Stakeout: Part I
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Tribune Co. Plans Sharp Cutbacks at Papers
 Earlier Items: 
Business Technology:
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Discussion: elemental links
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
ConnectU Wants Out Of Its Settlement With Facebook; Wants To Sue Again
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
iCall Brings Seamless Free VoIP to iPhone
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
Scaling the cloud, deflating the price of software
Los Angeles Times:
O.C. tech billionaire indicted
Rachel Hinman / Adaptive Path:
The Mobile Internet and Mix Tapes
The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again
Steve O'Hear / ReadWriteWeb:
How Google Plans to Win the Wild West of the Mobile Web
Discussion: WinBeta