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11:10 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.
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.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Wikia Search launches the hackable search engine
Discussion: Download Squad
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
Discussion: Telecompetitor and Electronista
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Time Warner Cable Broadband Tiers Lead to Fears
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.
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 …
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:
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
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 …
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Bezos On Kindle: ‘We Would Love To Have Color’—And Every Book Ever  —  Just before D6, Rafat and I—both Kindle users—were talking about books on our respective reading lists and how many of them, particularly new non-fiction, couldn't be downloaded to the device.
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: PDA and My Blog Posts
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Filter Has Launched
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Back to School Promo: Free iPod Touch with Mac Purchase
Eric Auchard / eWeek:
Yahoo Opposed Google Deal Before Microsoft Bid
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
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ModeLabs Group Innovates and Launches the Bluetrek Metal …
Karen Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Adds Free Online Classifieds
Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
VIA and NVIDIA offer new chips for small systems
Discussion: Forbes and Crave
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Massive Tries To Show In-Game Ads Make A Dent
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal
Discussion: Bits
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Online ad network Collective Media buys ad targeting company Personifi
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