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9:30 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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
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Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary:
Free AT&T Wi-Fi Rolls Out At Starbucks - Finally
Discussion: 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Going Medieval: Time-Warner Begins Metered Bandwidth Testing
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple's iPhone loses U.S. market share in Q1  —  RIM and Palm's smartphones gained ground on Apple's iPhone in the first quarter, according to IDC.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  Apple experienced a bit of a setback in the U.S. smartphone market during the first quarter after coming …
Craig Simms / CNET News.com:
Dell 2709W  —  Dell's previous 27-inch screen, the 2707WFP, was designed as a larger version of the 24-inch alternative — it featured the same resolution of 1,920x1,200, a bigger screen, and hence bigger dot pitch — meaning things were just a little bit larger, a boon for those with diminishing vision.
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Discussion: Paul McNamara's blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google lets admins control site search  —  On a modest but significant scale, Google is sharing with its customers some of the control it wields over the search market.  —  As countless search-engine-optimization consultants can attest, Google maintains tight control over the parameters that rank the results of Internet searches.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Latest Round of Semi-Credible 3G iPhone Specs: 22 Percent Thinner  —  We know, we know, it's just a week away.  But this round of rumored specs for the 3G iPhone comes via Leander Kahney who has deep tentacles in Apple, and should have a solid source BS detector.
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Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Hot Tip: iPhone 2 Features Detailed …
 
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Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Massive Tries To Show In-Game Ads Make A Dent
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
.Mac mail down, speculations abound
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Born Rich:
$30K Automated Poker Table escalates the adrenal to bet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ffwd: Channel Surfing Comes To The Web... And Your Wii
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
SanDisk, Intel, TDK launch solid state drives
Discussion: TG Daily, GottaBeMobile and Crave
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Intel ready with Atom processors for low-cost notebooks
Discussion: TG Daily, CNET News.com and Crave
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
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Perez / sarahintampa:
Taking a Breather From Social Media? Maybe We're Doing It Wrong
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Filter Launches, With A Message From Peter Gabriel
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and My Blog Posts
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Survey of VCs shows which regions have best technology
Discussion: Xconomy and CNET News.com
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
NASA Scientists Make Magnetic Fields Visible, Beautiful
Discussion: today and tomorrow
Leo King / Computerworld:
Smart phones ‘bigger security risk’ than laptops
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Whatever Happened to UI Consistency?
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Goosh, a Google Command Line
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixx: One Year In, Someone's Dropping the Ball