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9:40 PM ET, June 6, 2007


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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shares Higher On Rumors Of Bid  —  Netflix (NFLX) shares are higher today on rumors that (AMZN) might make offer to buy the company.  In a research note, Bank of America analyst Brian Pitz writes that there is speculation of a $34 a share bid "circulating in the press."
Associated Press:
Netflix Up on Rumor of Buyout by Amazon  —  Netflix Up on Rumor of Possible Buyout by Amazon; Analyst Reckons Deal Could Be $1.5B or More  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Netflix Inc. jumped Wednesday amid a rumor the online video rental company could be acquired by Web retailer Inc.
Business Week:   Netflix: Starring in Merger Story?
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Rumor Mill: Amazon-Netflix, Yahoo!-Facebook
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and CostPerNews
Longofest / MacRumors:
ZFS To Become Default File System In Leopard  —  Perhaps overcome with excitement (and forgetting that Apple doesn't like such pre-emptive disclosures), Sun's Jonathan Schwartz announced today at Sun event in Washington D.C. that Apple would be making ZFS "the file system" in Mac OS 10.5 Leopard (video link, requires RealPlayer).
Anne Broache / CNET
Google: Foreign workers are key to our success  —  WASHINGTON—A Google executive on Wednesday credited the company's phenomenal success to the United States' openness to immigrants and called on Congress to let in more foreign workers.  —  Laszlo Bock, the search giant's vice president …
Karen / Official Google Blog:
What U.S. immigration policies mean to Google  —  Our experience with American immigration policy dates back to one of our founders: when he was six, Sergey Brin's parents fled the Soviet Union in 1979 and settled in the United States.  Today, there are literally hundreds of examples …
Discussion: Epicenter
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
MeetMoi raises cash, for Twitter of sex  —  MeetMoi, a clever "location based" mobile dating service, has just raised $1.5 million in a first round of financing.  —  MeetMoi, which got a mention in the Wall Street Journal today (subscription required), lets you find people looking for a date, on-the-fly, wherever you are.
Discussion: and MobileCrunch
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Finding a Date — on the Spot  —  Internet Matchmakers Migrate  —  To Cellphones, Promising  —  More-Immediate Results  —  Earlier this week, Jeff Blum was out buying a sandwich when his mind wandered toward his social life.  So he got out his cellphone and sent a text message …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vodafone Live 'improvements' kill mCommerce  —  Find your perfect job - click here for thousands of tech vacancies  —  Vodafone UK has launched a mobile optimising technology which reformats web pages to fit onto a mobile phone screen.  —  Unfortunately, it also prevents anyone else doing the same thing …
Discussion: SMS Text News
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
Vodafone UK, Doing A Lovely Job Of Supporting The Mobile Web By Breaking It
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Internet Companies Push For Mobile Phone Carriers to Open Up  —  In the US mobile phone carriers run closed networks: my Samsung phone will only run on the Verizon network, and if I switch to another carrier, the applications I bought over Verizon's service won't come with me.
USA Today:
Skype: 'Locked' phones unfair
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft preps Windows-based kitchen client  —  Microsoft is beginning work on the first of what it plans to make a family of customized Windows platforms designed for specific rooms around the home.  —  The "Kitchen Client" software will extend the Windows operating system and integrate …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Apple, AT&T stores prepare for iPhone frenzy  —  NEW YORK—With a little over two weeks until the iPhone hits store shelves, Apple and AT&T retail sales representatives say they are preparing for a quick sellout and huge crowds on the June 29 launch date.  —  As of Wednesday …
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
HD DVD and Blu-ray coming to Santa Rosa IGP  —  In the second half of 2007, Intel's recently-launched Santa Rosa platform will get a next-generation DVD playback option, according to Intel mobile graphics spokesperson Mike Choi.  Intel will use a third-party hardware decoder to bring HD DVD …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
What Apple TV Costs to Make  —  Analyzing and pricing out the components of Apple's new set-top video box reveal uncharacteristically slim profits  —  When Apple CEO Steve Jobs called Apple TV a "hobby," he wasn't kidding.  —  By typical Apple standards, the new set-top video box …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Substitute teacher spared sentencing for porn pop-ups, gets new trial  —  Julie Amero, the substitute teacher who could have received 40 years in jail after porn appeared on classroom PCs, was spared that fate—for now.  Instead, Amero will get a new trial after revelations that the original computer analysis was flawed.
Discussion: Associated Press, and digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Releases Calendar Directory  —  Google Calendar went live with a directory of public calendars, so you can quickly add calendars of interest (you could search for shared calendars before, but to be able to browse them too is a nice addition).  The gallery includes categories like …
Rich Karlgaard /
Sun's Coulda Woulda Shoulda  —  Sun Microsystems (SUNW) trades at $5 ... Google (GOOG) a hundred times more at $518.  —  Stock prices mean nothing on their own, of course.  Google's market cap at $159 billion is not a hundred times greater than Sun's at $18 billion.
Josh Lowensohn /
HANDS-ON WITH NETSCAPE'S NEW SOCIAL BROWSER  —  Yesterday Netscape released a public beta of their new Navigator browser, and brought back the "Navigator" moniker.  Firefox users will feel right at home, as the browser has been built off the same architecture and even works with Firefox extensions.
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