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9:00 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.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Nature
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:   Mobile phones expose human habits
Associated Press:
Cell phone users secretly tracked in study
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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  —  With about 8,000 workers at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, Google is already the largest employer in its hometown.  And while Google is now growing even faster overseas, it has plans to turn the Googleplex into a mega-Gooplex.
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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McAfee:
McAfee, Inc. Names Most Dangerous Domains to Surf and Search on the Web  —  New McAfee Research Names Hong Kong as Most Dangerous Country Domain; Finland is Safest  —  Hong Kong (.hk) domain has jumped 28 places as the most dangerous place to surf and search on the web according to a new McAfee Inc. …
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
A Tour of Risky Web Sites
Discussion: AppScout, WebProNews and WebGuild
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Icahn to Yahoo: Nix the poison pill, now  —  Editor's note: Updated on June 4, Wednesday, at 3:06 p.m. PDT with comments from Carl Icahn during an interview on CNBC.  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is waging a proxy fight with Yahoo, sent a letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock on Wednesday.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches  —  We get a ton of pitches at TechCrunch every single day.  It is a deluge we can hardly keep up with.  Some are amusing, some are horrible, and a select few rise to the level of deserving a post.  The large majority, though, never see the light of day.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and bub.blicio.us
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TechCrunch Launching “Elevator Pitches” Today
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market
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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YouTube :: Blog:
New Beta Feature: Video Annotations
PR Newswire:
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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: last100, Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
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
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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