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11:45 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
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.
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.
Discussion: Download Squad
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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:
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 …
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
What Yahoo doesn't want you to know about the Microsoft deal  —  After fighting against its disclosure for weeks, lawyers for Yahoo! have finally lost their battle to keep the details of a shareholder lawsuit hidden.  They had released a public version on May 15th, but most of the interesting parts were deleted.
Discussion: Google Watch, Ars Technica and Guardian
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Wal-Mart tests free online classified ads  —  Wanna buy a cute, cuddly Shih-tzu?  How about a 1993 Chevy truck?  A three-bedroom, two-bath house in Maryland?  —  Think Wal-Mart.  —  Wait a second before you decide the big-box retailer has gone gonzo with the concept of selling everything under the sun.
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Karen Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Adds Free Online Classifieds
Discussion: WebProNews and BloggingStocks
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: Engadget and Boing Boing Gadgets
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.
 
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Ian Youngs / BBC:
Radiohead songs finally on iTunes
Discussion: MacUser and Technology Live
Michael Geist Blog:
Report Says Canadian DMCA To Include $500 Fine Per Download
Discussion: Boing Boing and Techdirt
Jason Perlow / Between the Lines:
OpenSUSE 11 RC1: The Mercedes-Benz to Ubuntu's Volkswagen
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Semiconductor Market on Pace to Grow 4.6 Percent in 2008
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
How Google defines IP delivery, geolocation, and cloaking
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Back to School Promo: Free iPod Touch with Mac Purchase
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
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Peter Glaskowsky / Speeds and feeds:
VIA and NVIDIA offer new chips for small systems
Discussion: Forbes
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
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal
Discussion: Bits
Craig Simms / CNET News.com:
Dell 2709W  —  Dell's previous 27-inch screen, the 2707WFP …
Discussion: Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Filter Launches, With A Message From Peter Gabriel
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple's iPhone loses U.S. market share in Q1