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9:50 AM ET, May 30, 2007

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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 …
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".
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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.
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: Gizmodo, CNET News.com and parislemon
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ahh, the PlayTable, er Surface Computing, how it works...  Andy Wilson.  Remember the guy I introduced you to at Microsoft Research?  —  Funny, he was at the Maker Faire last weekend talking to everyone and showing off his latest thing.  He builds demos for Bill Gates and he was the one who first showed me the PlayTable.
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.
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Surface Hits The Ground Running
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface - surface and gesture based computing lands
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Microsoft:
Look What's Surfacing at Microsoft
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Paul Hochman / MSNBC:   Microsoft unveils revolutionary device
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Surface: The Computer Is Personal Again
Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
CBS to buy social network  —  It is expected to pay $280 million for the Last.fm site, which caters to music fans.  —  CBS Corp. is buying a popular social-networking website organized around musical tastes for $280 million, combining a traditional broadcast giant with an early leader in online radio.
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Music site Last.fm bought by CBS  —  Social music site Last.fm has been bought by US media giant CBS Corporation for $280m (£140m), the largest-ever UK Web 2.0 acquisition.  —  The online network was founded in the UK five years ago and it now has more than 15 million active users.
Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Announces iTunes U on the iTunes Store  —  Free Content From Top Universities Now Available  —  Apple® today announced the launch of iTunes® U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) featuring free content such as course lectures, language lessons …
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Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Plus  —  Higher Quality DRM-Free Tracks Now Available on the iTunes Store Worldwide  —  Apple® today launched iTunes® Plus—DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings …
Discussion: Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Foleo and Linux OS for summer is what Hawkins is announcing at D?  —  Woops!  Looks like someone was trigger-happy at Palm and shot out the press release for tomorrow's announcement a little too soon!  Apparently what Jeff Hawkins is going to announce in the morning at D is called the Palm Foleo …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and jkOnTheRun
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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.
Fabian K. / Favourite Diggs:
Howto: Google Maps Street View outside US  —  Google is making excessive use of their GeoIP database these days to test new features in a limited area of their choice.  Now they decided to only let users from the US use the street view option in Google Maps.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
DEATH OF JOURNALISM - BLAME GOOGLE?  NO. ASK GOOGLE TO LEAD?  YES.  —  Thanks to commentor Kimo for pointing me to this SF Gate Op Ed, written by Neil Henry, a former colleague at the Graduate School of Journalism.  —  Snip: … I can't disagree more with what Neil is saying in this first part …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Should Google Subsidize Journalism?
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe's ColdFusion warms to .Net  —  (InfoWorld) - Adobe's ColdFusion software for building Internet applications and Web sites is being improved with Microsoft .Net support, enabling .Net objects to be invoked from within the ColdFusion language.  —  A public beta of ColdFusion 8, accessible here, is to be offered on Wednesday.
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Square Enix Seeking Final Fantasy IV Vocalist  —  For the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, Square Enix maestro Nobuo Uematsu is reworking the game's memorable "Theme of Love" into a vocal arrangement.  But they haven't yet signed a singer — that's where you come in.
Discussion: Kotaku and Siliconera
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Major League Baseball throws high hard one at Slingbox over placeshifting  —  Like other professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball is jealous of its content.  The latest company to come under its scrutiny is Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox television place-shifting device.
 
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