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8:45 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 …
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 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google shows off ‘Android’ software for mobile phones
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Chase Higgins / PHONE Magazine:
Android demoed at Google IO
Discussion: IntoMobile
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
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.
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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 …
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;” …
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.
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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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.
Discussion: GigaOM, ReadWriteWeb and VoIP Blog
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Chris Prince / Official Google Blog:
Happy birthday, Google Gears!
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.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Blockbuster plots in-store downloads  —  Company is in negotiations with studios for content  —  NEW YORK — Blockbuster Inc. will launch in the coming month a pilot test of in-store kiosks that will allow consumers to download movies onto portable devices in two minutes.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Blockbuster to launch in-store movie download service
Discussion: Electronista
Farhad Manjoo / Salon:
What to expect in the next Windows: The iPhone  —  At Dow Jones' D Conference in Carlsbad, Calif., last night, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer gave a revealing and entertaining interview to the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.  —  The tag team that helped found Microsoft …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, D6 Highlights and GMSV
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John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Guys Like Us Avoid Monopolies ...
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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
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 …
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Netvibes CEO Steps Down; Widget Platform Will Open Up  —  The founder of Netvibes is moving on.  Tariq Krim is stepping down as CEO of Netvibes to “spend less time day-to-day” at the company and work on a “new project,” he tells me.  (More details on that project later).
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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Free Sysinternals Windows utilities now available online, 24/7
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Netflix sees DVD-by-mail peak in as soon as 5 years
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Orange offering current iPhone owners cheap 3G upgrade
InfoWorld:
VMware buys application performance vendor
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Analysts: Apple won't sell 10 million iPhones in 2008
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MTVN And NBCU Enter Joint Venture For Action Sports Tour
Vator.tv:
Video - the next acquisition for CBS Interactive?
Discussion: VentureBeat, Valleywag and Beet.TV
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 14 Per Cent …
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