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5:25 PM ET, June 6, 2008

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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Amazon suffers U.S. outage on Friday  —  Amazon.com has been inaccessible to many U.S. visitors since at least 10:30 a.m. PDT on Friday.  —  “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” was the message that appeared when Amazon customers across the country attempted to log on.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon's Down: It's Hip To Be Down!  —  Maybe it's a new trend - servers going down!  Today it appears that Amazon has decided to join the crowd.  Amazon is currently down as of 2:15pm Eastern and has been down for at least a bit, reports several CN readers.  —  When I attempt to load amazon.com, I get:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Updated: Amazon.com suffers outage
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Inc. Statement on Carl Icahn's Letter of June 6, 2008  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jun 06, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today issued the following response to Carl Icahn in response to his letter dated June 6, 2008:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Carl Icahn lays out 5-point game plan for Yahoo  —  After a one-day lull in the Yahoo-Icahn war of words, billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday listed his five-step game plan for the company, should his dissident slate of directors succeed in unseating Yahoo's current board at the August 1 shareholder meeting.
Carl C. Icahn / Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Letter to Yahoo Chairman  —  Below is the text of a letter sent by investor Carl Icahn to Yahoo Inc. Chairman Roy Bostock.  The letter is dated June 6, 2008.  —  Dear Roy:  —  While you may take issue with the content of my letter, I take issue with your oversight of Yahoo! Again …
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
Introducing Gmail Labs  —  We have a lot of ideas for Gmail — many come as suggestions from Gmail users, many come from people here at Google.  But there's only so much we can do at any one time.  —  People often ask how we decide what to build next.  It's usually a mix of factors …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   The Evolution of Pre-Launch Gmail In Screenshots
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Gmail Labs adds alpha features to beta product
Discussion: Mashable!
Decryption / MacTalk News:
What's in the Box?  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under  —  What's in the Box?  —  The 3G iPhone Lands Down Under?  —  Late yesterday afternoon MacTalk received the above photo from a very reliable source who can not be named for obvious reasons (fear of assassination by the Apple Secret Police I presume).
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bits, Bands and Books  —  Do you remember what it was like back in the old days when we had a New Economy?  In the 1990s, jobs were abundant, oil was cheap and information technology was about to change everything.  —  Then the technology bubble popped.  Many highly touted New Economy companies …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Intel Facing Antitrust Investigation  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation of Intel, the world's largest maker of computer microprocessors, for anticompetitive conduct, government officials and lawyers involved in the proceeding said Friday.
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Intel:   Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hey Firefox - Let Us Pick Our Own Search Engine!  —  So Firefox 3 has a new release candidate making news, suggesting that the browser is nearly done.  May I suggest that the browser is nowhere near being done until the Mozilla Foundation drops its favoritism to Google and allow users to pick their own default search engine?
Washington Post:
Microsoft's Ballmer on Yahoo and the Future  —  In an animated discussion with Washington Post editors and reporters yesterday, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer offered his far-ranging views of upcoming changes in technology and the media.  Among other things, he confirmed …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ballmer Tells the Washington Post That Print is Toast
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Set to Dominate the Boob Tube  —  Dominance perpetuates itself, and that adage looks like it will hold true for YouTube as the company positions itself to be the 800-pound gorilla of short-form video on your TV as well.  —  YouTube is spreading itself all over the set-top world …
Discussion: Podcasting News
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Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Sony To Bring YouTube To HDTV Sets
Electronista:
FCC delays plans for free broadband vote  —  The Federal Communications Commission is delaying a vote regarding the creation of free broadband services around the US, Reuters reports.  FCC chairman Kevin Martin has proposed auctioning off a portion of the 25MHz wireless spectrum …
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Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
WWDC 2008: Moscone West Spy Shots!  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  We sent spies to Moscone West to capture the secret banners being erected for WWDC.  Here's what they brought back after being chased down the block by security.  Yes we're exaggerating slightly, but only for dramatic effect.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple assigns new Senior VPs of iPhone Software, Mac Engineering  —  Apple Inc. last week extended its executive branch from ten to twelve members, creating a new position to oversee its iPhone software experience and appointing its first senior VP of Mac hardware development, AppleInsider has learned.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
R.I.P. SanDisk's TakeTV, Fanfare Shut Down  —  TakeTV, we hardly knew ye.  Unveiled just last October, SanDisk's USB PC-to-TV video device along with Fanfare, its accompanying content portal, were both shut down on May 15th, a SanDisk spokesperson has confirmed.
 
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AppleInsider:
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Pulls The Plug On Free Classifieds Site Live Expo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Microsoft packs 36 iPhone digs into one 7-paragraph letter
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
50 questions asked and answered on Android
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Western Digital working on 20,000 RPM Raptor