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12:30 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 …
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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.
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).
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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.
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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.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
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.
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Washington Post:
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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 …
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.
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: Crave, The Tech Report, Gizmodo and Engadget
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Intel Said to Face Antitrust Investigation  —  The Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation of Intel for anticompetitive conduct, government officials and lawyers said Friday.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
And So ISP Enforcement Begins  —  Virgin Media and BPI (the UK equivalent of RIAA) plan to start sending out warning letters to the ISP's errant subscribers illegally sharing music over Virgin's broadband.  BPI will identify illegal file sharers and send that information to Virgin Media.
Discussion: PC World
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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 …
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
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Opera:
Opera and Haute Secure partner to protect consumers from next …
Discussion: Defense in Depth and Mashable!
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
 
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Keyword Metatags and Keyword-Triggered Ads Don't Create Initial …
Discussion: WebProNews
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is the Verizon-Alltel deal good for consumers?
BBC:
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
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Business Technology:
Men Write Code from Mars, Women Write More Helpful Code from Venus
Discussion: elemental links
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
ConnectU Wants Out Of Its Settlement With Facebook; Wants To Sue Again
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple assigns new Senior VPs of iPhone Software, Mac Engineering
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
AnandTech:
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