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7:35 PM ET, May 28, 2008

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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, and 10.5.2 Leopard.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
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Official Google Mac Blog:
Mac OS X 10.5.3: sync Google Contacts  —  Are you one of those people who find that no matter how hard you try to keep your contact info organized, it always winds up scattered all over?  Your dad's IM handle is on your Mac, while that business lead's fax number is on your iPhone …
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple's 10.5.3 update is finally signed, sealed, delivered
Discussion: MacMegasite and CrunchGear
Google LatLong:
Google Earth, meet the browser  —  When Google Maps was launched in 2005, few could have guessed the way map mashups would permeate the online world.  Online maps had been just something you used to get directions or to find the ten nearest grocery stores.  Google Maps and the Google Maps API proved …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Earth Escapes the Client and Comes to the Browser
Discussion: Bits and Google Earth Blog
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Google Earth's 3D Goodness Comes to the Browser
Discussion: Lifehacker
Vincent Nguyen / Android Community:
First LIVE images of FULLSCREEN Android demo!  —  Google's latest Android prototype is miles improved over the versions we last saw.  Back at CES the GUI was clunky and the whole thing looked relatively primative; Google themselves asked us to keep an open mind and instead concentrate on the OS' potential.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Live From I/O: Android Pulls An iPhone, App Engine Goes Public, and Google Embraces the Open Web  —  We're here at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for Google I/O, where the Mountain View-based search giant is covering a broad range of topics - from Android to App Engine, OpenSocial to Web Toolkit …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Yang: We Weren't Close To Microsoft Deal, We're Not Under Seige, Give Us Time  —  This is the definition of a defensive crouch: Explaining, over and over again, that you're not in a defensive crouch.  —  We're not sure that given the circumstances, anyone in Jerry Yang's position …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jerry Yang: “We're Done”  —  Walt Mossberg just finished interviewing Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and President Sue Decker (my real time notes are here, see Peter Kafka's notes as well).  —  The two key topics of the interview were the failed Microsoft merger, and Yahoo's core focus as a company.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Liveblogging: Yahoo's Decker and Yang
Discussion: Go West
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Yahoo's Yang: “I Understand My Obligation To Stockholders;” …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
SNEAK PEEK: Sony's Ultra-Thin OLED TV  —  Among the worthies appearing onstage at the D6 conference Wednesday morning: Sony CEO Howard Stringer.  Among the things he'll be talking about, we're told: Sony's newish OLED TVs — its line of super-thin screens built using organic light-emitting diodes.
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Sony CEO Stringer: You can't afford our best TV
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz and Kotaku
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sony CEO Howard Stringer: Look At Our Awesome, Expensive, Money-Losing TVs!
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Google:
Google App Engine to Announce Open Sign-ups, Pricing Plans, and New APIs at Google I/O Google Developer Conference Starts Wednesday in San Francisco; Highlights a Richer, Maturing Web Platform  —  Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is getting ready to welcome more than 2900 developers to the Moscone Center …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Joins OpenSocial
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: Dell Mini Inspiron, Their First Mini Laptop  —  I bumped into Michael Dell at All Things D after his interview, and he was nice enough to show me this laptop that he was carrying that he said no one's seen before.  It's a small form factor notebook, just like the Asus Eee and the HP 2133.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Amazon's Bezos: To Launch For-Pay Movie Streaming Service; Stays Bullish On Kindle; Books Are Like Horses  —  In the first session at the D: All Things Digital conference at the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California this morning, it's Amazon.com (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos.
InfoWorld:
VMware buys application performance vendor  —  VMware has inked a deal to buy B-hive Networks, an application performance management vendor in San Mateo, Calif., and Herzliya, Israel, for an undisclosed sum, the company said Wednesday.  The deal is set to close in the third quarter.
Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM and Virtualization.com
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Austin Modine / The Register:   VMware dollars swarm into B-hive Networks
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Guys Like Us Avoid Monopolies ...  I've received quite a few messages about Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates's “monopolies” comment, which we've been running in the quote box on our D6 Highlights page.  For the curious, here's a quick recap of the exchange that led up to it.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
What to expect in the next Windows: The iPhone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Shows Facebook How It's Done: Google Gears To Power Messaging  —  The Google I/O conference in San Francisco kicks off today with a really welcome announcement: MySpace has integrated Google Gears into its messaging system, which will back up all messages to a user's local machine and allow for very fast search and sorting.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
MySpace Uses Gears to Grind Down Server Costs
Discussion: Changing Way
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
A Peek Into Yahoo! BrowserPlus  —  There's been a bit of speculation about BrowserPlus, the mysterious new platform from Yahoo!.  Today we remove that veil of mystery to show you directly what it is, what it does, and why we can't wait to hear what you think.
Discussion: InfoWorld, TechCrunch, GigaOM and WebProNews
John Leyden / The Register:
Mozilla guns for Guinness world record with Firefox 3.0  —  Slips out RC2 ahead of the download madness  —  Mozilla aims to make Firefox 3 a record breaker.  It wants the release of the next version of its flagship open source browser to be accompanied by a record for the most software downloads in a single 24-hour period 1.
Discussion: Between the Lines and UMPCPortal
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free ‘Micro-Deposits’  —  A California man has been indicted for an inventive scheme that allegedly siphoned $50,000 from online brokerage houses E-trade and Schwab.com in six months — a few pennies at a time.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Time Warner CEO gets a grilling at ‘D’  —  Updated at 3:47 p.m. PDT to include questions from audience.  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—Yahoo's Jerry Yang and Sue Decker may have gotten a tough time from Walt Mossberg, but perhaps they should consider themselves lucky.  —  Next up at the D6 conference here was Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.
Discussion: Valleywag and paidContent.org
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ozzie: Open source a more disruptive competitor than Google  —  Google has nothing on open source when it comes to potential competitive threats to Microsoft, according to Redmond's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie.  —  Ozzie fielded a number of questions on his role at Microsoft …
 
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Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
Strands.com to Relaunch as a Lifestreaming Service
Discussion: Strands Blog and GigaOM
Arvind / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer : Import from Google Docs & Equation Editor (LaTeX) support
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Monkeys Control a Robot Arm With Their Thoughts
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Blockbuster to launch in-store movie download service
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ComScore Buys Mobile Research Firm M:Metrics For $44.3 Million In Cash
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Royal Pingdom:
Google Analytics dominates the top 500 websites
Discussion: CenterNetworks and WebProNews
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Orange offering current iPhone owners cheap 3G upgrade
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Analysts: Apple won't sell 10 million iPhones in 2008
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 14 Per Cent …
Office of the United States Trade Representative:
U.S. Files WTO Case Challenging EU Tariffs on Certain Technology Products
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Fatal bandwidth: 6 cell tower deaths in 5 weeks
Market Wire:
D-Link Introduces Ethernet-to-Coax Kit for Extending the Home …
Discussion: DSLreports and DailyTech
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
Yahoo's Endgame  —  Negotiations with Microsoft and Google …
 

 
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