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7:25 PM ET, June 4, 2008

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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa  —  The next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned.  This info is hot on the heels of TUAW's original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Boffins prove the existence of jet-setters  —  You can believe them.  They secretly tracked 100,000 cell phone users  —  According to researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, most people rarely venture more than a few miles from home.  And these researchers know what they're talking about.
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Nature:
Letter  —  doi:10.1038/nature06958; Received 19 December 2007; Accepted 27 March 2008
Discussion: New York Times
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:   Mobile phones expose human habits
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study secretly tracks cell phone users outside US
Discussion: InformationWeek
David Faber / CNBC:
Verizon in Talks to Buy Alltel for $27 Billion  —  Verizon is deep in talks to acquire Alltel, the nation's fifth largest wireless carrier, for roughly $27 billion, people close to the talks have told CNBC.  —  Alltel was only recently taken private by TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in a $27.5 billion deal.
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AT&T Reports 3G Wireless Download Speeds of Up to 1.7 Mbps for LaptopConnect Customers - a 20+ Percent Increase  —  Higher 3G Network Speeds Benefit Growing Number of Workers and Consumers  —  Who Want On-the-Go Internet Connectivity  —  How do you make a blazing-fast 3G (third-generation) mobile broadband network even better?
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   AT&T boosts wireless network speeds
Michael Mewhinney / Google:
NASA and Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center  —  Mountain View, Calif. (June 4, 2008) - NASA and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced plans to develop a new high-technology campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.  —  Under the terms of the 40-year agreement …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Plans Major Expansion In Its Backyard
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Why Yahoo's Yang Is Holding Out  —  Though beset by restive shareholders and pressure from Carl Icahn, Yang has his reasons to push for a better deal from Microsoft  —  For more than a month, Yahoo (YHOO) co-founder and Chief Executive Jerry Yang has endured a withering attack by shareholders …
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Annotations  —  YouTube added a new feature for video creators: annotations.  “Video Annotations are a new way for you to add interactive commentary to your videos.  Use them to add background information about the video, create stories with multiple possibilities …
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New Beta Feature: Video Annotations
Business Wire:
AMD Announces Revolutionary External Graphics Solution for Notebooks  —  Portable ATI XGP(TM) Technology Unlocks Notebooks for Enthusiast-Class Desktop Graphics Performance and True Multimedia Upgradeability  —  TAIPEI—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AMD (NYSE:AMD - News) today announced ATI XGP&trade …
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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! Address Book API Delivered  —  We're excited to announce the public release of the Address Book API.  I say public release because while the API is newly launched here on YDN, it's been up and running with some of the most contact-aware applications on the Internet, including Plaxo and LinkedIn.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Windows Search 4.0 Released to Web  —  Not necessarily a “Windows Experience” (although it does improve the Windows Experience) - I'm making this post on behalf of the Windows Search Team.  Oh and I am really excited for this release.  —  Today we released the final version of Windows Search 4.0 to Microsoft Download Center.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Softbank iPhone Deal Announced With 1-Button Press Release  —  With less than a week to go before Apple CEO Steve Jobs's June 9 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address and the expected debut of the 3G iPhone-and perhaps the Apple App Store and Mac OS X 10.6 as well-the company …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Verismo Box Plugs Web into Your TV  —  Verismo Networks on Tuesday previewed “the PoD,” a tiny box that brings web content to your TV monitor without needing a PC in between, at the Under the Radar conference in Mountain View, Calif. I'd never heard of the company before sitting down for the session …
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TechCrunch:
Location Technologies Primer  —  The rise of the mobile device is upon us, even if it's arriving a little late to the U.S.  —  The reason why mobile devices will become so important - they'll help us (and our friends, and maybe everyone) know where we are at all times, driving social, advertising and other applications.
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC1 to be shown live on internet  —  BBC1 is to air live on the internet, making it the first of the corporation's analogue TV channels to be simulcast on the web.  —  For the first time in the flagship channel's 44-year history, viewers will not need a television to watch BBC1 live.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Take a look inside, it's my Last.fm In A Box  —  Last.fm, the music-focused social site that CBS Interactive acquired last year, announced Wednesday the launch of a project called “Last.fm In A Box,” which distributes the site's ad-supported streaming radio services to partner companies.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix  —  Canonical, the company behind the highly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, unveiled its Ubuntu Netbook Remix yesterday at the Computex show in Taiwan.  The Remix is based on Ubuntu Mobile Edition and is designed specifically for mobile computers with a subnotebook form factor.
 
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