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1:05 PM ET, June 17, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Firefox 3: New front in the browser war  —  Mozilla plans to release Firefox 3 on Tuesday, and the open-source project is opening a new front in the browser wars.  —  As the Web transforms from a static repository of content into a foundation for applications such as word processors and graphics editors …
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Firefox 3 Download Schedule on a World Time Map  —  Firefox 3 will be up for grabs at 10 AM Los Angeles time.  —  If you are in a different part of the world, refer to this world time map and know the exact time when Firefox 3 will become available in your region.  Happy Firefox 3 Download Day.
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Download Firefox 3 Today: Firefox Download Day to Set a Guiness World Record  —  Firefox 3 will be released today which makes today Firefox Download Day 2008.  —  To build its user base, Mountain View-based Mozilla will attempt a Guinness World's Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours.
BBC:
Firefox aims for download record  —  Version 3 of the popular Firefox web browser is going on general release on 17 June.  —  Wide take-up of the new version would further boost the market share of the browser which is currently used by about 15% of net users.
Discussion: Open Source
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
The History of Firefox 1.0 to 3.0 in Screenshots
Discussion: Digg
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown's Short List of Yahoo CEOs (Sorry Jerry, But Fortune Favors the Prepared)  —  Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has asked for it, although he has gone all kittenish now, after realizing his scheme to get Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Yahoo (YHOO) was over, once Yahoo signed on with Google …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time To Stem The Yahoo Bleed, Jerry  —  Having passed on a $35 exit bonanza by blowing the Microsoft deal, Yahoo (YHOO) now appears to have returned to its previous path of death by a thousand cuts.  Specifically, the firm appears to have implemented a hiring freeze, suggesting that current business is weak …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Hiring Freeze, Confirmed And Explained (YHOO)
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
To avoid Flash lock-in, Apple looks at SproutCore  —  Apple, continuing its reliance on open-source technologies, is using an open-source project called SproutCore to provide rich Internet applications like its new MobileMe service.  —  The idea is to use to keep Apple from being …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Adobe Flash Coming To Apple's iPhone — Maybe, Someday (AAPL, ADBE)
Mike Saviage / Seeking Alpha:
Adobe F2Q08 (Qtr End 5/30/08) Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: iLounge
Patrick Nielsen Hayden / Making Light:
The Associated Press wants to charge you $12.50 to quote five words from them  —  The Associated Press, having already announced its intention to harass bloggers who publish snippets as short as 39 words from AP stories, has now published a web form through which intimidated parties can give …
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Associated Press expects you to pay to license 5-word quotations …
Discussion: Making Light
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Launches Blog Ad Network, Technorati Media  —  Blog-focused advertising networks are all the rage right now, with both Federated Media and Glam pulling down big valuation financing rounds in the last few months based on very early growth metrics.  Other startups, like Six Apart …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Plans for European Search Technology Center to Deepen Investments in Live Search  —  European research and development center of excellence designed to help Microsoft disrupt the search and advertising marketplace.  —  At the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft to Build Search Technology Center in Europe
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson brings out the photographer in us all unveiling its first ever 8.1megapixel camera phone and a stylish snapshot phone  —  17 June 2008 The new C905 Cyber-shot™ and S302 Snapshot camera phones from Sony Ericsson allow consumers around the world to capture and share vivid photos whatever …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
EA Still Trying To Wait Out Take-Two.  It May Be Working  —  Electronic Arts' most recent deadline for Take-Two shareholders to accept its $2 billion offer expired yesterday.  Which means, of course, that EA (ERTS) has extended its offer yet again.  This new deadline supposedly expires in another month.
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Brightcove refreshes with brand new service and new focus  —  Today Brightcove, one of the first RIA companies and one of the first to use Flex, announced that they've overhauled their service and dubbed it Brightcove 3.  The primary goal of the new Brightcove is to provide better support for …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Glam Media to Announce Acquisition  —  Glam Media, the largest U.S. Web property aimed at women, plans to announce Tuesday that it has acquired London-based digital-marketing firm Monetise Ltd. to jumpstart its global ad-selling.  Within a year, Glam says it will have ad operations up and running …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
DJ Arrested For Selling Pre-Release Promo CDs On eBay  —  Just days after a US court ruled that selling promo CDs sent out by the recording industry is perfectly legal, Techdirt reader cram writes in to let us know of a DJ and music reviewer in London who was arrested for doing exactly the same thing.
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Music blogs' network effect  —  Advertisers and record labels are turning to MP3 websites to reach a much-desired demographic.  —  (Fortune) — Pity the music industry.  Between 99-cent downloads, free - if not always legal -file-sharing services and MP3 blogs, and an increasingly fragmented audience …
Discussion: Valleywag and paidContent.org
 
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Open source has yet to learn it pays to advertise
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Fischer: Nintendo “working on solution” to Wii storage issue
Discussion: Destructoid and Kotaku
Dominic White / Telegraph:
O2 sees interest soars for lower-price iPhone
Discussion: Macsimum News and mocoNews.net
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Joost CEO: We've Figured It Out This Time
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Last.fm adds Universal's music videos
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BBC:
Altered state  —  Bill Thompson considers how our multi-media world …
Discussion: Rough Type
John Leyden / The Register:
MySpace wins $6m judgment against Spam King
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Answers Corp. Raising Up To $13 Million From VC Firm Redpoint Ventures
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Alex Wright / New York Times:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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