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12:50 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
TV, Meet the Web.  Google Analytics Starts Measuring TV Ads  —  Google's experiment with selling and measuring TV ads on the Dish satellite network just got a lot more interesting.  A month ago, Google incorporated the ability to buy TV ads into AdWords.  Now, it is taking …
Washington Post:
Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future  —  In an animated discussion with Washington Post editors and reporters yesterday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer offered his far-ranging views of upcoming changes in technology and the media.  Among other things, he confirmed …
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Cell Trade Group Says FCC Plan Doomed to Fail  —  In a scathing filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, an association representing mobile operators criticized the agency's plan to auction spectrum that would require the winner to offer free wireless Internet services.
Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Free Broadband Plan Going Nowhere Fast …
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.
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: Apple 2.0, Coop's Corner and WebProNews
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, The Tech Report, Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Intel Said to Face Antitrust Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation of Intel, the world's largest maker of computer microprocessors, for anticompetitive conduct, government officials and lawyers involved in the proceeding said Friday.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hey Firefox - Let Us Pick Our Own Search Engine!  —  So Firefox 3 has a new release candidate making news, suggesting that the browser is nearly done.  May I suggest that the browser is nowhere near being done until the Mozilla Foundation drops its favoritism to Google and allow users to pick their own default search engine?
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Opera Browser Integrates Haute Secure to Block Malware
Discussion: Download Squad and Slashdot
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Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
50 questions asked and answered on Android
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
And So ISP Enforcement Begins
Discussion: PC World and PC Pro
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Keyword Metatags and Keyword-Triggered Ads Don't Create Initial …
Discussion: WebProNews
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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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Tribune Co. Plans Sharp Cutbacks at Papers
Business Technology:
Men Write Code from Mars, Women Write More Helpful Code from Venus
Discussion: elemental links
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
ConnectU Wants Out Of Its Settlement With Facebook; Wants To Sue Again
Discussion: The Register and Bloomberg
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple assigns new Senior VPs of iPhone Software, Mac Engineering
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
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
The Nehalem Preview: Intel Does It Again
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik comes to Windows Mobile. Not Qik enough for 3G iPhone