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12:00 PM 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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Jimmy Wales: Wikia Search Finally Doesn't Suck
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
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
John Tierney / New York Times:
The Future Is Now?  Pretty Soon, at Least  —  Before we get to Ray Kurzweil's plan for upgrading the “suboptimal software” in your brain, let me pass on some of the cheery news he brought to the World Science Festival last week in New York.  —  Do you have trouble sticking to a diet?  Have patience.
Nielsen:
NBC Universal and Nielsen Creating Sales Metrics That Measure ROI Through Nielsen's “Fusion” Product  —  Fusion Provides Advertisers with Unprecedented Connection Between Purchasing Behavior and Viewing Habits Across Multiple Platforms  —  NBC Universal and The Nielsen Company have joined forces …
 
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Rebrands Custom Search “Business Edition” As “Google Site Search”
Susan Panico / PlayStation.Blog:
Introducing Qore: Taking you behind the curtain with PlayStation
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T settles suit over 3rd-party cell phone fees
Discussion: CNET News.com and mocoNews.net
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Wal-Mart tests free online classified ads
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
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Back to School Promo: Free iPod Touch with Mac Purchase
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Nearly all returned gadgets still work
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
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Sudden Disconnect Over Social Networking Deal
Discussion: Bits