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11:35 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.
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Latest Letter to Yahoo (The Crazy Eddie Edition)  —  Break out the sedatives, because Carl Icahn is getting mighty tetchy with Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and the board of directors of the troubled Internet company!  —  In yet another letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock …
Lee Brodie / CNBC:
First On Fast: Icahn Answers Yahoo!
Discussion: Bits and Brier Dudley's blog
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: Nature and InformationWeek
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Associated Press:
Cell phone users secretly tracked in study  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers secretly tracked the locations of 100,000 people outside the United States through their cell phone use and concluded that most people rarely stray more than a few miles from home.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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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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.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TechCrunch Launching “Elevator Pitches” Today
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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. …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market  —  Business reviews site Yelp will be focusing quite a bit on mobile features in the near future, including an upcoming location-aware iPhone app on the way, company representatives told CNET News.com Wednesday.
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TechCrunch:   Location Technologies Primer
Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes  —  This second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry  —  As the cost of developing video games rises, developers are forced to find new ways to increase revenue.  And although sales are still a major piece of that pie, advertising is quickly becoming the key to the future.
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Sony Make In-Game Ad Deal Official
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com and Forbes
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?
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 …
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.
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority  —  Twitter is working on adding the ability for users to separate their contacts into groups, support for sending and receiving messages by e-mail, and adding new instant-message and Internet channels for the service …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
 
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
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Min Lee / Associated Press:
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
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