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10:00 AM ET, June 11, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Glassdoor, Find Out How Much People Really Make At Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, And Everywhere Else.  —  The idea behind Glassdoor is simple: You tell me your salary, and I'll tell you mine.  The stealth startup, which raised $3 million from Benchmark Capital last March, just went live.
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Stealth Startup Glassdoor.com Launches: Employment Conditions  —  Sausalito, CA based stealth startup Glassdoor.com, the subject of months of speculation has launched and offers an employment conditions service.  —  Glassdoor.com has impeccable backing, with CEO and Founder Robert Hohman previously …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Google Co-Founder Books a Space Flight  —  Space tourists are getting their own ride.  Space Adventures, a Virginia company that arranges passage for wealthy explorers to ride on Russian Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station, plans to buy a Soyuz flight all its own in 2011, with the option of buying more.
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
And, The Really Big Thing About The New iPhone Is...  GPS.  Geo-anything.  Location based services.  —  Now that the dust over the iPhone 3G launch has settled, it seems that people have divided into two camps; one is welcoming the new features, claiming that the perfect phone just got more perfect …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Exec Spec Swirling Again; Weiner Returning From Paternity Leave But Will He Stay?  —  It's Yahoo's (NSDQ: YHOO) version of the plagues—Carl Icahn, shareholder lawsuits, another round of speculation about top-level execs and a report that a major internal announcement is on tap Wednesday.
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Execs Under Stress-Whither Weiner?
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Says an Icahn Win Triggers Plan  —  Yahoo Inc. asserted that a severance plan that investor Carl Icahn has called excessively expensive would be triggered if the activist investor is successful in his bid to take control of the company's board.  —  The Web giant also said Tuesday …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
The incredible shrinking Apple CEO  —  Apple PR has finally come up with an unconvincing explanation for Apple CEO Steve Jobs's all-too-evident skinniness: Jobs was suffering from a “common bug” when he spoke at Apple's WWDC event, a spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Metallica to bloggers: don't review our music  —  Given all that Metallica has done, said, and been through in the last 20 years, what could they still do that would lead bloggers to ask, “What the hell is wrong with Metallica?”  In this case, the answer is fairly pedestrian but still dumb: censor bloggers.
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Real racing in the virtual world  —  Sat on the start grid, foot poised over the accelerator, you wait for the row of red lights to extinguish.  —  Alongside you are top names like Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.  The cars' engines are screaming and everyone is poised to go.
Discussion: The Next Web
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Learning 2.0: The Threat (and promise) of Social Interaction  —  The mere threat of social interaction changes our behavior...if you know your work is going to be put on public display, you'll be much more motivated to make it good.  —  There is a moment in every blogger's life when they realize that yes …
Junko Yoshida / EE Times:
The truth about last year's Xbox 360 recall  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Microsoft Corp. announced a mammoth global recall of its Xbox 360 a year ago, the software giant never disclosed the exact source of the game console's heat problem that led to the fiasco.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Kotaku
Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
Shoal of robot fish casts a wider net  —  Robotic fish with flapping fins and tails have been programmed to swim in a school by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle.  They say that artificial fish with group behaviour could track marine pollutants or wildlife such as whales.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google intentionally blocking PayPal from App Engine?  —  After anonymously bashing PayPal in Australia, it's not a huge surprise that Google was caught intentionally blocking AppEngine users from using PayPal too.  Could it have been a innocent mistake?  Sure, but the circumstance and timing are extremely suspicious.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine “Accidentally” Blocks PayPal
Discussion: Valleywag
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Decides It Doesn't Want To Play In Classifieds, Shutters Live Expo  —  Microsoft's Live Expo was an interesting mix of listings and social networking features.  But it was an experiment that Microsoft has decided it doesn't want to continue, like Book Search.  Expo is closing down on July 31.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Google: Making Nick Carr Stupid, But It's Made This Guy Smarter  —  I will admit, I was entirely biased upon reading this story from Nick Carr, who has a knack for writing pieces that get a lot of attention by baiting his hook with contrarian link chum.  Heck, he's really good at it, and I have a lot of respect for Nick.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Techdirt
 
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InfoWorld:
Intel waiting for a hit product to get MID market rolling
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
‘Fifth Major’ Label Merlin Finally Bears Down On Subscription Music Services
Discussion: Variety
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Toshiba's 1.8-inch 160GB disk hits 5400RPM for netbooks
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
People in Tech: Jason Devitt, CEO/Co-Founder of Skydeck
Discussion: Web 2.0 Ireland
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
OmniFocus for iPhone: Location-Aware Contexts and More
Jonathan Cohen / Reuters:
Pearl Jam and Verizon go mobile for live bootlegs
Discussion: Switched and ringtonia.com
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
HBO joining forces with FunnyorDie
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Funambol To Offer An Open-Source Competitor To MobileMe . . . As An iPhone App
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Game On: Plurk API Available Tomorrow
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Kaspersky to try to crack code used in ‘blackmailer’ virus
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Last.fm Re-design: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Discussion: Last.fm, Last.fm and Mashable!
Bill Virgin / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Will you read Microsoft's obit here?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Record Store Owner Calls People Who Pay To Download ‘Idiots’
Michell Bak / Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog:
Revealing Sony Ericsson C905 aka Shiho
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Touch Feels Its Way Into Computing
Discussion: VoIP Blog and diversity.net.nz