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10:50 AM ET, June 3, 2008

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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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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Free AT&T Wi-Fi Rolls Out At Starbucks - Finally
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Engadget
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Wi-Fi start-up challenges Bluetooth technology
Joanna Stern / LaptopMag.com:
MSI Wind (Windows XP)  —  This 10-inch mini-notebook has good computing punch and impressive endurance.  —  Price as Reviewed: $499.00  —  Review Contents:  —  In order to achieve their diminutive size, weight, and price, most mini-notebooks come with compromises: the screen or keyboard is too small …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Acer aspires to lead low-cost laptop race  —  After months as the subject of speculation in the media, Acer will introduce its own low-cost mini-notebook PC at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Tuesday.  —  The device will be called the Acer Aspire One, as expected.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Time Warner Cable tries metering Internet use  —  Time Warner Cable starts customer trial with metered Internet access in Texas  —  NEW YORK (AP) — You're used to paying extra if you use up your cell phone minutes, but will you be willing to pay extra if your home computer goes over its Internet allowance?
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Make blogging effortless with Zemanta  —  One of blogging's biggest barriers is how much work you have to do to get a post out the door.  You can stick to straight text, but adding links, pictures, tags, and related stories makes it more engaging for your readers.
Ggaren / Surfin' Safari:
Announcing SquirrelFish  —  “Hello, Internet!”  —  WebKit's core JavaScript engine just got a new interpreter, code-named SquirrelFish.  —  SquirrelFish is fast—much faster than WebKit's previous interpreter.  Check out the numbers.  On the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark …
Discussion: MacUser and Computerworld Blogs
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.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Jimmy Wales Reboots His ‘Google-Killer’  —  Last January, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched a search engine called Wikia Search, a purported “Google-killer” that aimed to edit and refine search results with the same methods that have made Wikipedia a Web phenomenon—the contributions of thousands of volunteers.
Microsoft:
Following Success of Windows on Netbooks, Microsoft Extends Windows Offering to Nettop Devices  —  More than 20 OEMs are delivering Windows solutions on their netbook devices.  —  Today at Computex, Microsoft Corp. announced that following the success of Windows on netbooks …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
.Mac mail down, speculations abound  —  If you're a .Mac mail user, then you probably know that .Mac's mail system has been down for almost 6 hours.  According to the .Mac system status, 100% of users are experiencing the problems.  Here's what Apple says:
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Filter Launches, With A Message From Peter Gabriel  —  The Filter, the media recommendation engine that we covered last April, has opened its doors to the public.  The Peter Gabriel-backed company offers an entertainment start page that provides recommendations on movies, music …
Discussion: My Blog Posts
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Filter Has Launched
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Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
What Yahoo doesn't want you to know about the Microsoft deal  —  After fighting against its release for weeks, lawyers for Yahoo! have finally lost their battle to keep the details of a shareholder lawsuit hidden.  Exactly what were they trying to hide?  —  A ZDNet investigation comparing …
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Nearly all returned gadgets still work  —  Users only think they are broken  —  A STAGGERING 95 PER CENT of electronic goods which are taken back to the shop are not actually broken, according to consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture.  —  Apparently, when punters return their electronic gear …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Engadget
Karen Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Adds Free Online Classifieds  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. quietly launched a free Internet classified service, as the retailer goes beyond selling its own offerings on the Web to posting the products, pets and paraphernalia of virtually anyone who wants to list.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal  —  Despite Friendly Overtures, Competing Interests Threaten Venture Between Google and Facebook  —  Google's announcement of a service to “make the Web more social” was decidedly casual, or staged to seem that way.
Discussion: Bits
 
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ModeLabs Group Innovates and Launches the Bluetrek Metal …
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
VIA and NVIDIA offer new chips for small systems
Discussion: Forbes
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Bezos On Kindle: ‘We Would Love To Have Color’—And Every Book Ever
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
TuneCore: Get yourself on iTunes for $30
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
NVIDIA to beef up notebook graphics with Hybrid SLI and GeForce 9M Series GPUs
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Massive Tries To Show In-Game Ads Make A Dent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ffwd: Channel Surfing Comes To The Web... And Your Wii
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel ready with Atom processors for low-cost notebooks
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Online ad network Collective Media buys ad targeting company Personifi
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Jason Chen answers questions about Android
Discussion: Android Community
Craig Simms / CNET News.com:
Dell 2709W  —  Dell's previous 27-inch screen, the 2707WFP …
Discussion: Engadget
Sarah Perez / sarahintampa:
Taking a Breather From Social Media? Maybe We're Doing It Wrong
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Survey of VCs shows which regions have best technology
Discussion: Xconomy and CNET News.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google lets admins control site search
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple's iPhone loses U.S. market share in Q1
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixx: One Year In, Someone's Dropping the Ball