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10:06 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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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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. …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Small Business Marketing Success Story: Teresa Boardman, Real Estate Agent  —  The real estate industry has a bad rap in the upper levels of search marketing.  We deplore the SEM agencies that sell ineffective and/or shady tactics to the real estate industry.
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacDailyNews
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Verizon in Talks To Acquire Rival Alltel
Discussion: The Register
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Gets Into... Video Gaming?
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Location, location, location: The iPhone with GPS nears
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Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback
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TBS and their annoying interstitial commericials
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
Garrett Smith / VoIP Insider:
101 Things You Can Do With Asterisk (and more)!
HongHai Shen / The Official Google Blog:
Does your password pass the test?
Discussion: DygiScape
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux