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1:10 PM ET, June 8, 2007

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Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Kiss Boring Interfaces Goodbye With Apple's New Animated OS  —  Disco is software for burning disks that illustrates a new approach to interfaces: It smokes while it burns.  If you blow into your computer's microphone, the smoke blows across your desktop.  —  When Steve Jobs takes …
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Fvogelstein / Epicenter:
A big Google-Apple partnership next week?  Bet on it.  —  I don't typically join the gaggle of folks trying to guess what Steve Jobs' next move is going to be, but for once I can't resist.  On Monday Jobs is taking the stage at Apple's worldwide developers conference in San Francisco …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Get ready for the summer of Apple  —  news analysis Apple is preparing for one of the most pivotal summers in its history.  —  On June 29, the company is expected to release the iPhone, perhaps one of the most hyped gadgets in history and a clear sign of where CEO Steve Jobs is placing his bets.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Adds Xbox Games, May Cut Price to Woo Moms (Update1)  —  Microsoft Corp. has won over 20-year- old gamers, who spend hours a day launching rockets and firing plasma guns on the company's Xbox 360.  Now it wants their moms.  —  To lure them, the world's largest software maker …
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
The coming price war: why we may see a 360 price drop this holiday season
Discussion: Next Generation
Lessig News:
From Engaget: "Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration" — of just how little publishing executives understand  —  Engaget reports that "the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers" lifted a couple Google laptops at a recent BookExpo America, and then when he returned them …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Boing Boing
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Publishing exec 'steals' Google laptops in silly demonstration  —  We can't say that we'd recommend a CEO steal property from Google in order to prove a point, but the head honcho of Macmillan Publishers pushed his superego aside and did just that at a recent BookExpo America in NYC.
Discussion: AppScout
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Google Universal Search - Video and Maps Benefit  —  Our column in TIME this week is about Google's dominance of the search market which, as of this week, measures at 64.8% of all U.S. Internet searches, more than double the nearest competitor Yahoo! Search.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Google Maps & YouTube Are Big Traffic Winners in Google Universal Update
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
YouTube Partially Takes Back Interface Changes
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
Mac vs. PC cost analysis: How does it all add up?  —  Everybody knows PCs are cheaper than Macs, right?  Wrong!  (At least sometimes.)  —  People have been arguing online about how much more expensive Macs are than PCs — or not — for more than a decade (and in print for years before that).
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macsimum News
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
Sub-$100 Nvidia GeForce 8400 to Launch June 19  —  TAIPEI — According to the company's partners, Nvidia plans to launch a cheap version of its GeForce 8-series graphics card, the GeForce 8400, on June 19.  —  Sources interviewed here at the Computex show said that the card will be available …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
web.mit.edu:
Goodbye wires...  MIT team experimentally demonstrates wireless power transfer, potentially useful for powering laptops, cell phones without cords  —  Franklin Hadley, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies  —  Imagine a future in which wireless power transfer is feasible: cell phones …
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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The end of the plug? …
64.233.179.104:
1.110V type large picture size, the same low electric power consumption as the 37V type liquid crystal television * actualizing 2  — As for electric power consumption of 110V type "HD-110MH80" approximately 220W (schedule).  The same as this corporation 37V type liquid crystal television …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget, Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
ZDNet Australia / CNET News.com:
Face recognition set for takeoff in Australia  —  Despite a series of technical hiccups, the first public trials of Australia's biometric SmartGate project are set to take place in Brisbane in August, six months behind schedule.  —  In development since 2002, the SmartGate uses facial-recognition technology …
UMPCPortal feed.:
EB presents Menlow-based UMPC platform.  —  EB (formerly known as Elektrobit) have launched a UMPC hardware platform that is one of the first to be built around the Intel Menlow platform.  The device will run Linux (presumably one of the distributions that comes out of the Intel MIDIA project) …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
Yahoo! Messenger for the Web:
Yahoo! Webcam ActiveX Controls  —  Do I need to update Yahoo! Messenger to the new version? … How do I get the Security Update? … What is the security issue? … How did Yahoo! learn of this? … What is the potential impact? … Who is affected? … Why do I have to install the update?
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Dell denies plan to exit LCD TV business  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Dell will sell a wider variety of television sets made by other manufacturers over its Web site but denied reports that it plans to stop making LCD TVs.  —  A number of industry blogs reported Thursday that Dell would exit …
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon oppose Google airwave proposal  —  AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two biggest U.S. mobile-phone companies, urged U.S. regulators to reject Google's proposal for the mandatory resale of some airwaves the government plans to auction by January.  —  Google's plan would disrupt …
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
"Get a Mac" wins Most Successful Marketing Campaign of 2007
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Apple readying three million iPhones for launch?
Shu-Ching Jean Chen / Forbes:
Google Wins Chinese 'Taste Test'
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Mike Yamamoto / CNET News.com:
The $3,500 USB drive  —  It's not uncommon to see USB drives …
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
Associated Press:
San Antonio to test municipal wireless network
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Are You Blogging This? A Web 2.0 Song.
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
New YouTube API Coming Soon
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Square Enix clarifies position on Final Fantasy for 360
 Earlier Items: 
Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Baidu denies plans for European expansion
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
usitc.gov:
ITC ANNOUNCES REMEDY IN BROADCOM/QUALCOMM INVESTIGATION
Eric Dash / New York Times:
DOW JONES ENHANCES THE SEVERANCE PACKAGES FOR SENIOR MANAGERS
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Time Warner to make decision on AOL at year-end
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: Activision Closes Vicarious Visions' CA Office
CNET News.com:
Import ban on 3G handsets could hurt industry
Blogging Molly / AppScout:
Google and Wild Sanctuary Team Up to Bring Sound to 'Earth'
Discussion: InsideGoogle and ResourceShelf
Dan Gillmor / San Francisco Chronicle:
Journalism isn't dying, it's reviving