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The Internet

97 of Top 100 Classified Sites Are Craigslist 193 193

According to a recent report, 97 of the top 100 classified sites are just localized versions of Craigslist, up from 88 just last year. Combine that with a massive rise in traffic to classified sites in general and you have a recipe for one raging behemoth. "Craigslist isn't just crushing the newspaper industry and crowding out other classified sites. It's also taking an increasing slice of total U.S Internet traffic: the site's market share in February was up 90% year over year, accounting for about 2.5% of total US Web site visits."
Google

Google Chrome Is Out of Beta 444 444

BitZtream writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine, claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parties."
Games

Spore System Specs Released, Creature Creator Coming Soon 125 125

Will Wright's long-awaited game, Spore, seems to be nearing completion, with a release slated for September. In anticipation of this release, EA has outlined the system requirements and will still be releasing their Creature Creator demo for experimentation on June 17th.
Yahoo!

+ - Microsoft buys Yahoo->

Volatar writes: "The deal, which, at $31 a share represents a 62 percent premium on Yahoo shares, is an unsolicited offer, coming a year after Yahoo rejected a similar combination. It would be one of the largest technology acquisitions ever, and certainly the largest for Microsoft, dwarfing the company's $6 billion deal for aQuantive last year. The offer comes as older, more established tech giants like Microsoft and Yahoo struggle to the newer threats posed by Google which dominates the online-search landscape."
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Cellphones

iPhone 1.1.3 Update Confirmed, Breaks Apps and Unlocks 412 412

An anonymous reader writes "Gizmodo has gathered conclusive evidence which confirms that the iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 update is 100% real. It installs only from iTunes using the obligatory Apple private encryption key, which nobody has. The list of new features, like GPS-like triangulation positioning in Google Maps, has been confirmed too. Apparently it will be coming out next week, but there's bad news as expected: it breaks the unlocks, patches the previous vulnerabilities used by hackers and takes away all your third-party applications."
Music

RIAA Now Filing Suits Against Consumers Who Rip CDs 403 403

mrneutron2003 writes "With this past week's announcement by Warner to release its entire catalog to Amazon in MP3 format with no Digital Rights Management, you would think that the organization that represents them, The RIAA, would begin changing its tune. Instead, they are pressing on in their campaign against consumers by suing individuals who merely rip CDs they've purchased legally. 'The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.'"

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