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6:50 PM ET, June 5, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mike and Mark's Notes From Gmail Labs Launch  —  At 1pm PST Google is hosting an event to launch a new Gmail feature they're calling the “next evolution of 20% time.”  They say it will be a change in their development process and “users will be able to influence Gmail's design.”
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to let users test new Gmail features  —  Update 2 p.m. PDT: I added more details.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Google will invite users to try new features the company is considering adding to its Gmail service, the company said Thursday.  —  At 6 p.m. PDT Thursday …
Bloomberg:
Facebook settlement of code-theft suit may fold  —  CONNECTU CLAIMS IT HAS UNEARTHED ‘SMOKING-GUN’ COMPUTER EVIDENCE  —  Facebook, owner of the social-networking Web site valued last year at $15 billion, is struggling to enforce a settlement of a copyright lawsuit accusing founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing computer code.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:   ConnectU: We're not through with Zuckerberg
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
ConnectU Twins: We Think There's New Evidence That Facebook's …
Discussion: Valleywag
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Is This the New iPhone's Touchscreen?  —  Apple almost never confirms its component suppliers, and for various reasons, the suppliers only rarely confirm that they're working with Apple.  That's the only major reason that we'd normally be skeptical about what's shown below …
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless To Acquire Alltel; Will Expand Nation's Most Reliable Wireless Network  —  Investor Relations +44 (0) 1635 664 447  —  BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Verizon Wireless has entered into an agreement with Alltel Corporation and Atlantis Holdings LLC …
Associated Press:
Broadcom Founder Indicted on Fraud and Drug Charges  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. — A founder of the Broadcom Corporation, Henry T. Nicholas III, was indicted Thursday on fraud, conspiracy and drug charges — including accusations that he spiked the drinks of colleagues and customers with ecstasy …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Heavy Laying Off About 20 Percent of Staff; Separating Ad Network Into Another Company  —  Heavy, the online video firm aimed at young male audiences, is laying off about 25 people out of a staff of 105, we have learned, and company co-CEO Simon Assaad has confirmed it to us.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
TechCrunch's Mike Arrington shows his primary colors  —  We knew he was an animal, Silicon Valley's wild man.  But a political animal?  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington is the undisputed kingmaker of Silicon Valley Internet start-ups.  Entrepreneurs who get a favorable review on his website …
Discussion: AppScout
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
The iPhone Stakeout: Part I  —  A visit Wednesday evening to a West Coast distribution center of Apple contract manufacturer Quanta Computer shows a company hustling to get mysterious boxes of, well, something, on the move.  —  During one 20-minute stretch alone, three semi trucks …
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In Pictures: Stalking The iPhone
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM fills chips with water  —  Oh, those crazy kids at IBM's Zürich lab.  They can't get enough of processor cooling technology.  —  Two years ago, IBM announced a breakthrough with carving channels into chips to let thermal paste sink down nearer the silicon.
Discussion: Engadget
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
IBM Developing Water Cooling for Chips
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Why Apple Could Kill The Nintendo DS  —  BURLINGAME, CALIF -  —  There's only one company on earth that has come back from behind to wrest a multibillion-dollar market away from Sony, beat back a grasping Microsoft and delight tens of millions of customers around the world in the process.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
WWDC 2008 keynote bingo  —  This edition of WWDC keynote bingo presented some challenges.  In the past, there's been more than enough rumor and unfounded hype to fill the board.  This year, the near certainty of the 3G iPhone combined with the absence of any remotely credible reports …
Joe Hughes / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Get bus and train directions on the go with Google Maps for mobile  —  Ever since Google Maps added public transportation directions for San Francisco, it's been a lot easier for me to figure out which buses and trains will get me where I'm going around town, so that today's gas prices take less of a toll on my wallet.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft tries to steal iPhone 2.0 thunder  —  With Apple rumored to be unveiling a new iPhone next week, Microsoft's Windows Mobile unit is trying to get ahead of the news by touting its position in a letter to its industry partners today.  But the letter may also get attention for another reason …
Discussion: CNET News.com and wmpoweruser.com
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates-Ballmer Clash Shaped Microsoft's Coming Handover  —  One of the most successful business partnerships in history was coming unraveled.  It was early 2000, and Bill Gates had relinquished the chief executive's job at Microsoft Corp. to Steve Ballmer — for the first time taking a back seat …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
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