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9:45 AM ET, June 5, 2008

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now  —  If you buy a new Windows Vista PC, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Internet Explorer 7.  If you buy a new Macintosh computer, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Safari 3.0.  So why would you want or need a different Web browser?
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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 …
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Why Firefox 3 matters  —  Review - According to Mozilla …
Discussion: Digg
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 …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Newspapers Still Don't Understand About The Web  —  Why is Google making more money everyday while newspapers are making less?  I'm going to pick on The Washington Post again only because it's my local paper and this is a local example.  —  There were severe storms in the Washington area today …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Drops Ability To Watch Video Directly In Search Results  —  Ionut posted something I have noticed for the past few weeks, Google has removed the ability to watch videos directly in the search results.  —  In the past, a search for starwars kid, as one example, returned a video with a plus sign that said “watch video.”
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
No More Video Plus Box in Google's Results  —  Google used to have a feature that allowed you to watch videos from YouTube and Google Video inside the search results.  Launched in May 2007, the video plus box was a quick way to play videos without having to load the entire page of a video hosting site.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
U2 manager slams Internet providers  —  McGuinness likens ISPs to ‘shoplifters’  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness launched a blistering attack on the world's Internet providers Wednesday, accusing them of strangling the music industry.  —  Speaking at the Music Matters confab in Hong Kong …
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30  —  Microsoft may be sunsetting XP, but you'll still be able to buy it on some new systems—and support isn't going away for several years.  —  Windows XP is dead ... long live Windows XP.  You may have heard that as of June 30 …
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it's running call-in ‘save XP’ petition
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Flip v. My Cheap Canon Camera: Flip Loses Across The Board  —  The Flip Mino, the third version of the popular Flip video camera, launched today to a torrent of well orchestrated press coverage.  —  We've been a little harsh on the Flip in the past, so I was pleased when they reached …
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and CNBC
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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.0 firmware details and information on second generation iPhone  —  We've all heard the rumors that the iPhone 2.0 firmware would be out at WWDC 08, but we have received some information that begs to differ.  According to the information that we have, it will be released late June/early July.
Discussion: Phones Review
Yannick Stucki / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gadgets for Linux: One Step closer to Open Source  —  Google has always been a friend of open source.  First, when they were “only” a search engine as a user with their Linux based servers or their GIMP drawn Google logo, but later also as a contributor.
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. …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Location, location, location: The iPhone with GPS nears  —  There's smoke, there's fire, and then there's a volcano the size of Olympus Mons on Mars erupting and turning the ground into an ocean of burning lava.  Such is current state of speculation surrounding the 3G iPhone.
Discussion: Lost Remote and TechCrunch
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Gets Into... Video Gaming?  —  Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made a statement at a conference that I think we can all agree with: … However, not only did she talk at a conference about digital gaming …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation  —  Slide is a peculiar Web 2.0 company.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is founder Max Levchin, who co-founded PayPal and has been profiled as a workaholic by the New York Times.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and BoomTown
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon in Talks To Acquire Rival Alltel
Discussion: The Register
HEXUS.net:
GIGABYTE shows off AMD's unreleased Radeon HD 4850 - “FAST”!
Discussion: I4U News and Hardware 2.0
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
MSI Plans Next Wind Mini-laptop, Smaller Devices
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings Rich User Experiences to Smart, Connected …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE launches in July, adds video recording, other features
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Gallery is Open for Business
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback
Discussion: All Facebook and WinExtra
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TBS and their annoying interstitial commericials
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
Garrett Smith / VoIP Insider:
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry
Discussion: Kotaku and RyanSpoon.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux