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3:55 AM ET, June 4, 2008

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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC 08?  —  TUAW has received some information that suggests Apple may be working to seed developers with an early build of Mac OS X 10.6 at this year's WWDC.  10.6 will not include any new significant features from 10.5; instead, Apple is focusing solely on “stability and security.”
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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple set to serve up first builds of Mac OS X 10.5.4
Discussion: I4U News
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X 10.6 to Debut at WWDC 2008? Ship in January 2009?
Discussion: AppleInsider
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
From the lab: Pandora Desktop Beta  —  We've always wanted to find a simple way to deliver Pandora as a desktop application — it's probably been on our to do list longer than any single feature.  Today we're dipping our toe into those waters for the first time with the release of a Beta version of Pandora Desktop.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Pandora Hits the Desktop With AIR. *Thud*
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Third-party iPhone applications to arrive Monday  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the App Store in March, and third-party applications delivered through the store should arrive Monday.  —  (Credit: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)  —  The era of officially sanctioned iPhone applications should kick off on Monday.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
How Big Is The Potential Market For the Apple iPhone?  —  At the Apple (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference coming up next week, CEO Steve Jobs is widely expected to unveil a new 3G version of the iPhone.  Meanwhile, in the last few weeks, a number of carriers have announced deals to sell the phone …
Discussion: Forbes and Macsimum News
Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Steps Up Yahoo Attack, Seeks Yang's Ouster as CEO  —  Investor Carl Icahn is stepping up his rhetoric against Yahoo Inc., accusing the Internet company's chief executive officer, Jerry Yang, and its board of being disingenuous about their willingness to consider Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition offer …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Trouble at eBay  —  “I think [fixed prices] will disappear online, simply because it is possible - cheap and easy - to vary prices online.”  That was MIT Media Lab's Patti Maes in 1999, at a time when eBay's business was booming and auctions were seen as the future of ecommerce.
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AMD:
AMD Delivers the Ultimate HD Visual Performance on the Go with Next-Generation Notebook Platform  — Balanced notebook platform achieves superior 3D performance and HD-image quality with increased energy efficiency —  AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability …
Discussion: IDG News Service, I4U News and Engadget
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Joseph Menn / latimesblogs.latimes.com:
Shawn Fanning sells third brainchild to EA  —  Shawn Fanning, best known as the founder of pioneering file-sharing service Napster, has finally earned some money.  —  Electronic Arts said tonight it had acquired his latest company, ThreeSF, and its video-game service Rupture.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
U.S. Internet will shrink to 2 strong players: report  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Internet analyst for a major Wall Street firm argues in a new report that Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc will be long-term winners, while Yahoo and IAC InterActiveCorp fall by the wayside and eBay Inc becomes a merger target.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Start-Up Releases Smaller Version of Flip Camcorder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the last year, Pure Digital, a small San Francisco start-up, has shown the world's consumer electronics companies how to build a camcorder that regular people actually use.  —  It has sold nearly one million units …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube's Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris  —  Google's senior executive exodus continues.  YouTube's head of monetization, Shashi Seth, has now left the company to become the chief revenue officer of Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Cooliris.  In his new job at the startup …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The HTC Touch Pro  —  Call it Raphael no longer!  HTC has officially thrown the cover off its Touch Pro today — the QWERTY slider sibling of the recently-unveiled Touch Diamond — which should cover the bases for those who loved the Diamond's keen looks but decided they'd go our of their gourds without …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas  —  TechEd 2008 Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development, services.  He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan private pics exposed by Yahoo hack  —  Want to see Paris Hilton's MySpace profile?  How about Lindsay Lohan's?  Don't worry about those pesky privacy settings.  Thanks to “data portability,” a faddish technology movement that the Valley has been buzzing about for months …
Discussion: Business Technology and Switched
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Starbucks Wi-Fi: It's not completely free  —  I'm among the jillions of people who are glad that Starbucks is finally offering “free” wireless access in its stores.  As I said before, it's about time.  —  But you may want to think carefully before rushing in to log on ...
cellular-news:
O2 Fires Staff for Selling Apple IPhones on EBay  —  UK operator, O2 has reportedly sacked at least six staff who used their staff discount to buy Apple iPhones - then later sold them on the eBay auction website for a significant profit.  It's understood that the employees …
Nicole Maestri / eWeek:
Wal-Mart Pushing Blu-ray Players  —  With the HD DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the high definition DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores Inc is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.
 
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Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Court rules competitor infringed on RIM patents
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Arne Hess / the::unwired:
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Outsourcing Isn't a Real Problem, Says Infosys CEO
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘Call of Duty 4’ hits 10 million units sold
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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MSN Looks to Hollywood for New Site
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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers Another Great Corporate E-Mail Solution …
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Veoh Grabs Another $30 Million; Valued At About $125M
Austin Modine / The Register:
Windows XP given additional resuscitation
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