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8:55 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).
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
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Apple iPhone internal talking points
Discussion: Gizmodo and Blog
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  —  I'd written earlier about Vodafone UK's new data tariffs, which appear to be a marginal improvement over their previous efforts, though they are a small step in the right direction.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Computex 2007: Xceive claims smallest high-definition LCD TV copy ready design  —  Xceive, a maker of hybrid silicon tuners for PC, TV and digital home, on June 5 announced its "Breckenridge" reference design for small-size and transportable hybrid TVs and is demonstrating what it claims …
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
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.
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.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Best MySpace Layouts That Don't Look Like MySpace At All  —  There's an underground trend that's been going on for quite some time among those who don't enjoy the usual MySpace layout aesthetic - loud music, tons of animations, layout that's falling apart and color matching from hell.
Discussion: digg
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Poor bets placed on new iMacs at Apple's developer conference
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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Florida Attorney General Looking into Wii Version of Manhunt 2
Fred von Lohmann / Washington Post:
Copyright Silliness on Campus
Discussion: UNDERNEWS and FurdLog
Sony mulls cutting PlayStation 3 price
Discussion: Ars Technica, Joystiq, youNEWB and digg
Industry: Lay-Offs Hit SCEA HQ Today