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7:55 PM ET, June 6, 2008


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Greg Sandoval / CNET
Amazon suffers U.S. outage on Friday  — has been inaccessible to many U.S. visitors since at least 10:30 a.m. PDT on Friday.  —  “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” was the message that appeared when Amazon customers across the country attempted to log on.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon's Down: It's Hip To Be Down!
Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon's Web Site Goes Down: An ‘Unplanned Event’
Discussion: IT Project Failures
Yahoo! Inc. Statement on Carl Icahn's Letter of June 6, 2008  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jun 06, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today issued the following response to Carl Icahn in response to his letter dated June 6, 2008:
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).
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots  —  When visiting Google yesterday for the unveiling of Gmail Labs, product manager Keith Coleman took us on a tour of the Googleplex's Building 47.  —  Along the way, we saw Googlers hard at work on Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and other related projects.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Gmail Labs adds alpha features to beta product
Discussion: Mashable!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple pushing iPhone developers to charge for would-be free apps  —  Developers wishing to release software applications for the iPhone and iPod touch for free are being encouraged by Apple to charge a fee instead, AppleInsider has learned.  —  People familiar with the iPhone Developer Program initiated …
Steve O'Hear / last100:   Interview: zintin CEO talks iPhone, Android and mobile future
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sat down for lunch with editors and reporters at the Washington Post and told them print will be dead in ten years: … I just hope the Post's Website will still be around because it is a great distribution partner for TechCrunch.
Discussion: GMSV and Incremental Blogger
Mathew /
Ballmer on papers: Wrong, as usual
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?
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Mobile's Good, Bad and Ugly  —  Linux-based mobile operating shipments declined 477,440 units during first quarter 2008 from the same time period a year earlier, according to Gartner.  Additionally, mobile Linux OS market share receded a stunning 4.5 percent.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Microsoft packs 36 iPhone digs into one 7-paragraph letter
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Valleywag
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Intel Facing 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.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
R.I.P. SanDisk's TakeTV, Fanfare Shut Down  —  TakeTV, we hardly knew ye.  Unveiled just last October, SanDisk's USB PC-to-TV video device along with Fanfare, its accompanying content portal, were both shut down on May 15th, a SanDisk spokesperson has confirmed.
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Nvidia, AMD vie with Intel over USB 3.0  —  AMD and Nvidia aim to wrest control of a crucial PC specification from Intel, arguing that the chip giant is trying to box them out as they move to a new era of faster peripherals.  —  In play is the USB 3.0 specification, a next-generation high-speed connection standard due in 2009.
Discussion: TechSpot and The Tech Report
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
WWDC 2008: Moscone West Spy Shots!  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  We sent spies to Moscone West to capture the secret banners being erected for WWDC.  Here's what they brought back after being chased down the block by security.  Yes we're exaggerating slightly, but only for dramatic effect.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Set to Dominate the Boob Tube  —  Dominance perpetuates itself, and that adage looks like it will hold true for YouTube as the company positions itself to be the 800-pound gorilla of short-form video on your TV as well.  —  YouTube is spreading itself all over the set-top world …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Warner Music (WMG) Pulls Out Of (CBS)  —  Warner Music Group (WMG) has pulled its catalog out of's “on demand” free streaming service, which the CBS-owned service launched to great fanfare in January.  Users can still hear Warner artists via the site's “radio” option, which doesn't allow you to select individual songs.
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