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11:55 AM 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
Discussion: Wired News
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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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
The end of the plug?  Scientists invent wireless device that beams electricity through your home  —  Scientists have sounded the death knell for the plug and power lead.  —  In a breakthrough that sounds like something out of Star Trek, they have discovered a way of 'beaming' power across …
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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
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 …
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: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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, Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google launches YouTube's money machine  —  YouTube has updated their embedded video player to include new features that I think make a lot of sense for Google.  The one I find most interesting gives users quick, uninterrupted access to related videos — this feature could be YouTube's much needed money maker.
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 …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Are You Blogging This?  A Web 2.0 Song.  —  It's a cheap trick, but it works.  At least till it's over-exposed.  —  David Lee King, a librarian from Kansas, has put together a clever music video called "Are you blogging this?  A Web 2.0 Song" Of course, that frank appeal is a one-time stunt …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Firefox Tip: Paste multiple lines to input boxes  —  Paste multiple lines to input boxes  —  If you've ever tried copying and pasting a multi-line address into Google Maps just to realize that an input box will only take one line at a time—meaning that you have to copy and paste each line individually …
Discussion: Compiler and digg
Sumner Lemon / InfoWorld:
Baidu denies plans for European expansion  —  (InfoWorld) - Baidu.com on Friday said its not planning to expand into Europe, following reports that China's largest search engine would announce such plans later this month.  —  "Recent rumors alleging that Baidu.com is expanding into Europe are groundless …
Discussion: WebProNews and Neowin.net
Blogging Molly / AppScout:
Google and Wild Sanctuary Team Up to Bring Sound to 'Earth'  —  About a month ago, AppScout reported that Wild Sanctuary was in talks with Google about mashing up their audio files with Google Earth.  Success!  The Wild Soundscape Tour, a free add-on layer, is now available for download.
Discussion: InsideGoogle and ResourceShelf
Associated Press:
San Antonio to test municipal wireless network  —  SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio is partnering with AT&T Inc. to build a municipal wireless Internet network serving downtown as a test project that could some day be expanded to cover the rest of the city.  —  The project, approved by the City Council …
 
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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
UMPCPortal feed.:
EB presents Menlow-based UMPC platform.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and Engadget
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
New YouTube API Coming Soon
Ellie Gibson / GamesIndustry.biz:
Square Enix clarifies position on Final Fantasy for 360
Discussion: Kotaku and Game | Life
usitc.gov:
ITC ANNOUNCES REMEDY IN BROADCOM/QUALCOMM INVESTIGATION
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
AT&T, Verizon oppose Google airwave proposal
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Who Knew That Fishermen Don't Know Old Undersea Copper Cables …
Discussion: Reuters
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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
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
iNokia? - it's Nokia Media Transfer 1.0 beta - for Mac OS!
Gamasutra:
Exclusive: Activision Closes Vicarious Visions' CA Office
CNET News.com:
Import ban on 3G handsets could hurt industry
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Reuters
Dan Gillmor / San Francisco Chronicle:
Journalism isn't dying, it's reviving
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com and Romenesko
Sprint:
Sprint Customers Get New Location-Aware Shopping Application From GPShopper