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5:35 PM ET, June 3, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Steps Up Yahoo Attack, Seeks Yang's Ouster as CEO  —  Investor Carl Icahn is stepping up his rhetoric against Yahoo Inc., accusing the Internet company's chief executive officer, Jerry Yang, and its board of being disingenuous about their willingness to consider Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition offer …
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Eric Auchard / eWeek:
Yahoo Opposed Google Deal Before Microsoft Bid  —  Execs dismissed a search-advertising deal with Google due to antitrust concerns, one day before Microsoft made its takeover offer.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc executives dismissed a search-advertising deal with Google due to antitrust concerns …
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Shareholder lawsuit claims Yahoo derailed Microsoft bid
Discussion: InfoWorld and Slashdot
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Auctions on eBay: A Dying Breed  —  As consumers opt for fixed-price purchases, what happens to the company that perfected the art of online bidding—and the scores of e-auctioneers?  —  Bruce Hershenson, who auctions vintage posters online, is hanging up his eBay gavel.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Was eBay a fad?  —  We already know that the famously cute story of eBay's origin - founder Pierre Omidyar launched the site to help his fiancee trade the PEZ dispensers she collected - was a lie cooked up by a PR operative.  We also know that the company's vaunted “reputation system” …
Discussion: Open Sources and The Open Road
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas  —  TechEd 2008 Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development, services.  He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando …
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InfoWorld:
Gates bids adieu to developers
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
On stage at the TechEd 2008 keynote
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
All-encompassing iPhone patent filing hints at GPS, video chat  —  Apple has filed for a patent that addresses virtually every aspect of the iPhone, including potential additions such as GPS mapping, media messaging, video calls, and voice commands.  —  While Apple has filed …
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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Starbucks offers new flavor: Free Wi-Fi  —  Thirsty for more business during the worst slump in its history, Starbucks will try to lure more customers by offering two hours of free AT&T Wi-Fi a day.  —  The Wi-Fi freebie will be available starting Tuesday to customers who purchase …
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Starbucks Wi-Fi: It's not completely free
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Wikia Search launches the hackable search engine  —  This morning, Wikia is rolling out cool features on the controversial Wikia Search engine (previous review).  —  Starting today, if you do a search on the engine and don't like the results, you'll be able to change them.
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24/7 Wall St.:
The Newspapers: Rating The Top 25 Newspaper Websites  —  The struggle for large daily metropolitan newspapers to stay profitable and survive is based on the race between the drop in their print advertising and the improvement of their online sales.  Newspaper industry costs are rising along with fuel and commodities prices.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Doug Mellgren / Associated Press:
Digital media growing fast, study says
Discussion: VentureBeat and HipMojo.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube's Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris  —  Google's senior executive exodus continues.  YouTube's head of monetization, Shashi Seth, has now left the company to become the chief revenue officer of Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Cooliris.  In his new job at the startup …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Goosh: a retro Web app with cutting-edge interface  —  If ever something was neither fish nor fowl, it's Goosh, a Web-based command-line interface for Google.  —  On the one hand, Goosh creator Stefan Grothkopp shows off the power of Web 2. applications, with the browser becoming …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:
‘Second Life’ enters the world of mobile phones  —  Demanding a better-than-average processor, a 1024x768 screen resolution, a boatload of RAM, and a strong video card just to take part, it's hard to believe that Second Life, the virtual world developed by Linden Lab (download for Windows and Mac), could ever survive on a mobile phone.
Susan Panico / PlayStation.Blog:
Introducing Qore: Taking you behind the curtain with PlayStation  —  Today we are announcing that Qore: Presented by the PLAYSTATION Network, a highly interactive, monthly lifestyle gaming program covering the world inside PLAYSTATION is on its way to PS3.  Qore has been developed …
Austin Modine / The Register:
Windows XP given additional resuscitation  —  2010 pass extended to low-cost desktops  —  Looks like the Small, Cheap Computer™ craze has yet again broken Microsoft's nerve to completely kill off Windows XP.  —  Following the software giant's concession to extend the life of XP Home …
Tristan Louis / The TNL.net weblog:
Is Techmeme myopic?  —  I'm a big fan of TechMeme, a web aggregation service that provides, at a glance, a few of what's being discussed in the technology-focused part of the blogosphere.  It has allowed me to unsubscribe from a large number of RSS feeds that were providing me with redundant information …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan private pics exposed by Yahoo hack  —  Want to see Paris Hilton's MySpace profile?  How about Lindsay Lohan's?  Don't worry about those pesky privacy settings.  Thanks to “data portability,” a faddish technology movement that the Valley has been buzzing about for months …
Discussion: Business Technology and Switched
 
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Nicole Maestri / eWeek:
Wal-Mart Pushing Blu-ray Players
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Gets Its $30M from Intel and Adobe
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Google attacked over privacy policy visibility
Ludovic Privat / GPS BUSINESS NEWS:
Mio introduces Camera-GPS at Computex Show
Discussion: CNET News.com
Schneier on Security:
Fax Signatures  —  Aren't fax signatures the weirdest thing?
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Canonical makes Ubuntu Netbook Remix official at Computex
Cameron Wilmot / TweakTown:
WORLD EXCLUSIVE: GeCube's 10.2" Eee PC competitor
Google Earth Blog:
Look Around with Google Panoramio
 Earlier Items: 
Prashanth Koppula / Official Google Webmaster …:
Improving on Robots Exclusion Protocol
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Netbooks - Too little, too late, and way too expensive
Discussion: Between the Lines
StephH / Live Search:
Customize your 404 error pages with the Web Page Error Toolkit
Ryan Spoon:
Lessons From How The Planet Communicated Their Data Center Explosion
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple secrecy to new levels: fake store built just for ad
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Firefox on track to crack 20% share in July
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Nearly all returned gadgets still work
Ggaren / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SquirrelFish