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11:55 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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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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Shape of Computers to Come?  —  The Latest Products Seek  —  To Explore New Forms, Uses  —  It's time for computer designers to think outside the box.  From Microsoft Corp. to Silicon Valley start-ups, technology companies are introducing computers with fundamentally new forms.
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".
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LiveScribe lets the paper do the talking, and thinking
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Microsoft Debuts 'Minority Report'-Like Surface Computer
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Techdirt and last100
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ahh, the PlayTable, er Surface Computing, how it works...
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Touch Screen in a Table Is the Latest Wrinkle in Computers
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:   Microsoft Surface brings computing to the table
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   How the 'Milan' table PC was born
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface - surface and gesture based computing lands
Discussion: 901am
CBS / BBC:
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.
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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.
Reuters:
CBS buys online music network Last.fm  —  LONDON (Reuters) - CBS Corp said on Wednesday it had paid $280 million in cash for the popular music social network service Last.fm.  —  CBS said in a statement the online service had more than 15 million active users in more than 200 countries …
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Acquired By CBS  —  Today, Last.fm was acquired by CBS, a company who had the first commercial radio station in the US, ran a record label (CBS Records), and amongst other things are responsible for several respected TV series (CBS on Wikipedia).  —  The team here have spent a lot …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WOW: CBS Acquires Last.fm for $280 Million
Fred / A VC:   CBS Buys Last.fm
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 7.2, Launches iTunes Plus (DRM Free) [Now Available]  —  Apple released iTunes 7.2 updated in the Mac OS X Software Update tonight, which offers support for "iTunes Plus", Apple's new DRM-free $1.29 offerings announced in April.  —  With iTunes 7.2, preview …
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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, Apple 2.0 and Gadgetell
Marcus Adolfsson / TreoCentral:
Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?  —  According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that let's you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard.
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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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Foleo and Linux OS for summer is what Hawkins is announcing at D?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and jkOnTheRun
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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