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12:40 PM ET, June 15, 2007

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Safari for Windows... but WHY?  —  Steve Jobs & Company must have known that releasing a Safari browser for the Windows platform was going to result in some serious blowback: vulnerabilities, outrage and of course, the mocking.  And as expected, the digerati responded with scorn and outrage.
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Seduction of AT&T  —  This week was Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), the biggest news from which seemed to be the beta version of Safari (Apple's web browser) for Windows.  Why the heck would Apple even produce such a product?  Readers and pundits alike have been wondering ad nauseam.
Henry Gottlieb / LAW.com:
MySpace, Facebook Privacy Limits Tested in Emotional Distress Suit  —  The operators of MySpace and Facebook social networking sites assure their millions of subscribers that only designated "friends" can read registrants' private postings.  —  But do the postings stay private …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Are Social Network Private Messages More Private Than Email Under The Law?
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Sony chief ponders cut for PS3 price  —  Sir Howard Stringer, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp, said the electronics and entertainment company was trying to "refine" how much it could afford to cut the price of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, saying there was "no question" consumers wanted the price to be lower.
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Business 2.0:
Who matters now?  —  Business 2.0 Magazine invites you to vote for the businesspeople who inspire, inform and infuriate you, from CEOs to entrepreneurs to media stars. … SPECIAL OFFER:  —  • Home  • Portfolio  • Calculators  • Contact us  • Newsletters  • Podcasts
Discussion: Between the Lines
Sydney Morning Herald:
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art, says Hockney  —  Public enemy number one ... according to David Hockney.  —  Richard Jinman and wires  —  THOSE who prefer a well-painted landscape to a diamond-studded skull or a roasted corgi now have a culprit to blame for the contentious state of contemporary art: the iPod.
Discussion: MacUser
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   iPod blamed for stealing the thunder from contemporary art
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
MySpace Mini-Episodes, Courtesy of Honda  —  YEARS after Volkswagen challenged drivers to "Think small," another automaker, Honda, plans to run smaller commercials for a smaller car in smaller versions of television series.  —  Honda will be the sole sponsor of what Sony Pictures Television …
Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
On 'fatblogs,' heavy people weigh in  —  Many struggling with extra pounds go public in search of willpower.  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis is a blogging maestro.  About 10,000 people visit his website each day to read his new business ideas, musings on technology and potshots at rival entrepreneurs.
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog
Steve Bryant / NewTeeVee:
Michael Moore's Sicko leaked on the Net  —  Sicko, Michael Moore's scathing look at the healthcare industry and the pharmaceutical companies that are destroying it, is scheduled to debut June 29 in theaters.  But, if you're the savvy keyboarding sort you can download the documentary now.
Discussion: Daily Feed and Todd Watson
GameDaily:
Report: MS Using New Heat Sinks to Alleviate 360 Failures  —  New photos have surfaced that seem to reveal an improved cooling system within the 360, and the reports suggest that owners who have had their systems repaired are getting them back with the new heat sinks installed.
Discussion: CrunchGear and DailyTech
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Raul / Skype Garage:
Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows initial release  —  Today we have released Skype 3.5 Beta for Windows.  It includes many new features in comparison with Skype 3.2 for Windows.  —  This is a beta release which means that we are still working on it and that it is only recommended for experienced users to try out new bleeding edge features.
Business Wire:
1-800-FREE411 Receives Patent for Free 411 Ad-Supported Directory Assistance Service  —  Patent Discloses 1-800-FREE411's Proven Business Model in the Growing Free 411 Space  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jingle Networks, Inc., operator of the 1-800-FREE411 directory assistance service …
Rarely Greys / Net Cooties:
Yahoo defect endangers users — do web sites care?  —  Summary:  — Critical cross-site scripting (XSS) defect in Yahoo services is discovered  — Proof of concept of exploit is included  — XSS bugs are on the rise because of web 2.0+  — The web industry is mostly negligent about dealing with XSS
Discussion: Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint explores options for WiMAX, ponders Clearwire deal  —  Looks like Sprint's feverish approach to WiMAX just swallowed a chill pill, as the firm is reportedly "exploring new options for financing its ambitious plan."  In a presumed effort to "soothe investor concerns about the cost of the WiMAX plan …
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Chinese Eye Tracking Study: Baidu Vs Google  —  I thought the easiest way to share the results of the Chinese Eye Tracking study might be in a Q&A format, as that's what most research programs tend to be anyway.  I'll cover off some of the highlight findings in this column, but the full report will be available on our site next week.
Discussion: WebProNews and Web Analytics World
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA, RIAA Create Yet ANOTHER Lobbying Group; Push For Stronger Laws  —  from the no,-seriously?  dept  —  At some point, you have to just wonder if the folks running the MPAA and the RIAA are just collectively pulling everyone's leg.  If it wasn't such a huge waste of taxpayer money …
 
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BBC:
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Tony Smith / The Register:
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
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Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
PS3 Firmware Upgrade 1.81 Coming Tomorrow
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
New idea: Social Cameras!
Karen / Official Google Blog:
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