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2:55 PM ET, June 6, 2007


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Audrey Bright / Fox News:
CompUSA Store That Sold Texas Man an Empty Box Finally Agrees He Didn't Get Money's Worth  —  A Texas man who thought he got a bargain when he bought a camera from retailer CompUSA only to find out that he'd purchased an empty box, finally got his money's worth thanks to a Web campaign …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:   LIFESLICES: UPDATING COMPUSA
Jackie Huba / Church of the Customer Blog:
Anatomy of the new customer complaint meme
Wall Street Journal:
EBay to Broker Radio Ad Time, Stoking Rivalry With Google  —  Online auctioneer eBay Inc. plans to begin brokering radio advertisements today, in the latest effort by a Web company to sell offline ads via the Internet.  The move ratchets up eBay's competition with Google Inc. and could shake up how radio advertising is sold.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Radio Time to Join List of eBay Items Up for Auction  —  SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 — The auction giant eBay said it would begin selling radio airtime to advertisers starting Wednesday, expanding into a business that Google entered last year  —  EBay, through a partnership with Bid4Spots …
Industry: Lay-Offs Hit SCEA HQ Today  —  Roughly 80 to 100 employees of Sony Computer Entertainment of America's Foster City headquarters were laid off today, Kotaku has learned from a source who was among those asked to hand in their badge and keys before leaving the premises.
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 …
Sony mulls cutting PlayStation 3 price  —  SONY may cut the price of the PlayStation 3 which is facing fierce competition from Nintendo's Wii, the president of the electronics giant has indicated.  —  Sony "does not rule out the possibility of lowering the price'' of the PS3 …
Discussion: Ars Technica, youNEWB and Joystiq
Fred von Lohmann / Washington Post:
Copyright Silliness on Campus  —  What do Columbia, Vanderbilt, Duke, Howard and UCLA have in common?  Apparently, leaders in Congress think that they aren't expelling enough students for illegally swapping music and movies.  —  The House committees responsible for copyright and education wrote …
Discussion: UNDERNEWS
Anne Broache / CNET
Politicos threaten schools over campus piracy
Discussion: Inquirer and FurdLog
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
ClearSpring - widgets with a business model for content owners  —  Clearspring, a widget distribution company, just signed a big deal to be the exclusive widget platform for NBC.  Widgets are tiny applications that can be pasted into a web site, blog, or personal page.  —  What are widgets?
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
How Craig Newmark Built Craigslist With "No Vision Whatsoever"  —  Craig Newmark started craigslist in early 1995 as a way of staying on top of San Francisco's busy arts and technology scene.  Despite (or perhaps because of) the site's determined non-commercialism, craigslist survived and even thrived in the post-dot-com days.
Discussion: and PSFK Trend: PSFK
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Google Gears: Replacing One Problem with Another  —  I've been thinking a little bit about Google Gears recently and after reading the documentation things I've realized that making a Web-based application that works well offline poses an interesting set of challenges.
New York Times:
Doll Web Sites Drive Girls to Stay Home and Play  —  Presleigh Montemayor often gets home after a long day and spends some time with her family.  Then she logs onto the Internet, leaving the real world and joining a virtual one.  But the digital utopia of Second Life is not for her.
Florida Attorney General Looking into Wii Version of Manhunt 2  —  Is Manhunt 2 worse on the Wii?  —  GamePolitics has confirmed via multiple sources that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) has expressed concern over the impending release of Rockstar's controversial game on Nintendo's next-gen console.
Discussion: Go Nintendo, Game | Life, Kotaku and Joystiq
Jon Udell:
Building conceptual bridges to a new media world  —  When Ryan Sholin's manifesto on the future of newspapers appeared the other day, the blogosphere cheered loudly.  "Great summary," said one commenter, "Too bad they're not listening."  —  "They" are the newspaper writers, editors …
GeekSugar / Geek is chic.:
New Mercury Free MacBook Pro Unboxed!  —  I got my hands on the new MacBook Pro first thing this morning and saying everyone around me is gushing and jealous is an understatement.  Unlike last year's model, the new MacBook Pro has a mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display.
Dorktastic Style: Shade Blade, Your On-Head Solar Power Station  —  The Shade Blade is a design concept touted as "the ultimate pair of sunglasses."  The visor on top is a solar array, charging up batteries that can power a variety of plug-and-play modules.
USA Today:
Skype: 'Locked' phones unfair  —  NEW YORK — Are cellphone companies using their sway over handset makers to unfairly limit consumers' choices?  Skype, a pioneer in PC-to-PC calling, thinks so, and it wants the Federal Communications Commission to do something about it.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Kids' first exposure to gaming, cell phones becoming earlier  —  Kids are being exposed to consumer electronics at ever-younger ages, according to a new report, and the frequency of use is going up for some devices.  The numbers come as part of the NPD Group's third annual Kids …
Stephen Shankland / ZDNet:
Google acquires software start-up PeakStream  —  Google has acquired PeakStream, a start-up that sells tools for writing software that can take advantage of multicore processors as well as graphics and gaming chips.  —  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
DRM loathing spreads around the world: next stop, Brazil  —  Although DRM has failed to accomplish its main goal (stopping piracy), it has been successful at bringing people from every corner of the globe together... in their hatred for DRM.  Loathing for the hated technology has reached …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shares Higher On Rumors Of Bid
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
Google Calls for Boost in Work Visas
Discussion: CNET and WebProNews
Censorship 'changes face of net'
Discussion: p2pnet
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Lala's Lack Of DRM Looking Increasingly Like DRM
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft preps Windows-based kitchen client
Computex 2007: Xceive claims smallest high-definition LCD TV copy ready design
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
EBay to broker radio ads  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) …
Discussion: CrunchGear and WebProNews
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Nielsen to track mobile media use
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Woz Ponders Apple II's Impact and DIY
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Specs and prices of Wal-Mart's new Dell desktops revealed?
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Product loyalty: consumers mistake familiarity with superiority
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
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