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2:55 AM ET, May 30, 2007

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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing!  —  About a year ago I gave a presentation to a group of journalists about gadgets of the future and showed a video about a theoretical multi-touch computing system.  When asked when we would see something like that in the wild, I optimistically ballparked 5-7 years.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hopes 'Milan' table PC has magic touch  —  At first glance, Microsoft's secret project looks like a 2007 version of the sit-down arcade game Ms. Pac Man.  Only if this machine were running the game, you could just take your finger and flick away any monsters chasing the heroine.
Discussion: Webware.com
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches New Product Category: Surface Computing Comes to Life in Restaurants, Hotels, Retail Locations and Casino Resorts  —  First commercially available surface computer from Microsoft breaks down barriers and provides effortless interaction with information using touch, natural gestures and physical objects.
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Microsoft Surface: Behind-the-Scenes First Look (with Video)  —  The software giant will announce at the D5 conference today that it's built a new touchscreen computer—a coffee table that will change the world.  Go inside its top-secret development with PopularMechanics.com …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
How the 'Milan' table PC was born  —  The notion of a table-like computer had garnered interest within Microsoft since at least 2001, but it wasn't until industrial designer Allan Han went to Ikea in January 2003 that the effort really kicked into high gear.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Announces Surface Computer  —  At the D: All Things Digital conference Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surface, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that will "break down traditional barriers between people and technology".
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Where 2.0: Google Launches Streetside View with Tech from ImmersiveMedia  —  This morning Google gave their 2D maps an incredible realworld addition.  Its a street-view, that in certain cities, will let you get a street side view of the area you are currently in.  This is not just a static, A9-style image.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Maps takes it to the streets  —  update SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google launched a new feature on its mapping service on Tuesday that allows people to see panoramic views of streets and buildings.  —  Google Maps now offers a 360-degree view of many streets in the San Francisco Bay Area …
Greg Sadetsky:
O'Reilly Where 2.0 [Part 2]: Google Maps launches Street View  —  As predicted by many, Street View made its appearance in Google Maps this morning.  —  Round-up of what can be found at this hour:  — This file seems to indicate that 5 cities are available: Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and San Francisco.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Neil Henry / San Francisco Chronicle:
The decline of news  —  The Chronicle's announcement earlier this month that 100 newsroom jobs will be slashed in the coming weeks in the face of mounting financial woes represents just the latest chapter in a tragic story of traditional journalism's decline.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
GoDaddy rescues rival's Internet registry  —  RegisterFly's database of 850,000 domain names liberated from limbo  —  Cell envy: Phones in the U.S.A.  —  NEW YORK - GoDaddy.com, the leading registration company for Internet addresses, has agreed to take over and manage …
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Rich Miller / Netcraft:
Go Daddy Assumes 850,000 RegisterFly Domains
Palm - About Palm, Inc.:
Palm to Announce New Mobile Device on May 30  —  News Media, Industry and Financial Analysts Invited to Live Video Webcast  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 29, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM), will host a live video webcast on Wed., May 30, to describe a new category of mobile device.
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Google buys into security, acquires GreenBorder  —  (InfoWorld) - Google has jumped into the anti-malware market, snatching up browser-based security software maker GreenBorder Technologies for an undisclosed amount of money.  —  Officials with the search market leader confirmed the deal …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Tux the penguin waddles to last place in Indy 500; Joost fares better  —  When the pale blue "Linux car," also known as car #77 from Chastain Motorsports, was the first car to crash in the 91st Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, we can imagine hordes of geeks wishing it had been a "Vista car" instead.
Discussion: Gadgetell and CrunchGear
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Torley Linden / Official Linden Blog:
WindLight First Look viewer released!  —  We've just released the Second Life WindLight First Look viewer containing brand-new atmospheric rendering — killer skies and kickass environments — for your enjoyment!  See our earlier WindLight announcement for more info.  —  What does "First Look" mean?
Gizmodo:
Trick Or Treat?:  Top Secret Microsoft Product To Launch At Midnight  —  1,805 Views  —  I'm told that tonight, at 12:01am EST (okay, so tomorrow), the division of Microsoft that launched the Xbox and the Zune will unveil something very special .  What it is, we do not know for sure …
 
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CNNMoney.com:
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Apple issues a security update for Quicktime 7.1.6
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Engadget Analysis Part I - Posts, Words, Comments & Categories
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
HD Radio finds new backer in Sony
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Major League Baseball throws high hard one at Slingbox over placeshifting
Seth Bindernagel / seth's blog:
Mozilla grant to PCF
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Michael Learmonth / Variety:
ABC gives 'i-Caught' six-week run
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Surprise, Surprise: WiFi Scaremongering Marred By Shoddy Reporting …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Spy game: new allegations of pretexting and corporate espionage at HP
Discussion: Fortune and Gadget Lab
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft offers browser-viewable 3D maps
Jesse James Garrett / Business Week:
A Cell Phone for Baby Boomers
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Trouble for Skype on Line 1: Intel, Deutsche Telekom invest in JAJAH
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Algorithm Is Offensive
LC Angell / iLounge:
Apple recommends iPod owners not buy audiobooks