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11:30 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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Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Why Firefox 3 matters  —  Review - According to Mozilla …
Discussion: Digg
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 …
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InfoWorld:
Report: Verizon Wireless eyes Alltel purchase  —  Verizon Wireless is considering an acquisition of wireless provider Alltel in a deal that would be valued at about $27 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report late Wednesday.  —  Verizon and Alltel, if combined, would create a carrier with about 80 million subscribers.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon in Talks To Acquire Rival Alltel
Discussion: The Register
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Disney World in 3D in Google Earth  —  Frank Taylor of the Google Earth Blog has news that Disney World of Orlando, Florida, is now available in 3D in Google Earth.  To view this, enter disney world in the Google Earth search box - you might want to download the latest version …
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Bruce Polderman / Google LatLong:
A virtual visit to where dreams come true
Google Earth Blog:
Disney World in 3D in Google Earth has Arrived!
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 …
APC:
Up close with Dell's Eee PC killer … During a packed two day international media briefing at Dell's headquarters in Austin, Texas, the single product which attracted the most attention was the company's forthcoming mini-note.  —  We took the opportunity to very briefly get hands …
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 Boxes in Google's Results
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: Kotaku, CrunchGear and MacDailyNews
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Please Give Us Your Email Password  —  A number of people whose opinions I greatly respect have turned me on to Yelp over the last six months or so.  Yelp is a community review site, and a great way to discover cool new places in whatever neighborhood you happen to be in.
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 …
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 …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update to address Adobe CS3 file corruption  —  As expected, Apple on Wednesday evening delivered to its developer community the first pre-release copies of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.4 Update, which repairs a critical flaw in saving files from Adobe's Creative Suite bundle.
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race  —  Tracking study proves that humans are creatures of habit.  —  Researchers have come up with a new use for the ubiquitous mobile phone: tracking human movements.  By monitoring the signals from 100,000 mobile-phone users sending and receiving calls …
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Macworld UK:
Rumour: O2 plans free iPhone 3G upgrade and pay-as-you-go
GamesIndustry.biz:
Ubisoft urges Sony to act on ‘directionless’ PSP
M. David Stone / PC Magazine:
Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer
KOKOGIAK:
New Project: The Big Picture
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
A Small Business Marketing Success Story: Teresa Boardman, Real Estate Agent
Discussion: Screenwerk
Yannick Stucki / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gadgets for Linux: One Step closer to Open Source
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
MSI Plans Next Wind Mini-laptop, Smaller Devices
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Gets Into... Video Gaming?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Brings Rich User Experiences to Smart, Connected …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone 2.0 firmware details and information on second generation iPhone
Discussion: Phones Review
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Yahoo! Search Gallery is Open for Business
Rob Webb / RobWebb2k:
Facebook quietly launches advertising feedback
Discussion: All Facebook and WinExtra
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30