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2:40 PM ET, May 31, 2008


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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Phoenix to Earthlings: I've Landed!  Awesome!  —  @infoholic Yup, I can dig into frozen ground as hard as concrete.  The scoop has special blades and a powered “rasp” to scrape ice.  Cool!  —  Whoever thought a NASA spacecraft could be so adept at social networking and Web 2.0?
Dr. Jim Anderson / The Business Of IT:
Gartner Reveals Top 10 Technologies  —  The good folks over at the Gartner Group have revealed the top 10 technologies that they believe will change the world over the next four years:  — Multicore and hybrid processors  — Virtualization and fabric computing  — Social networks and social software
Kristina Peterson / Mercury News:
Teens say they were banned from Apple stores for life, company denies it  —  Four Palo Alto teenagers raised in the heart of Silicon Valley got the scare of their lives when they thought they might be banished from all Apple stores worldwide, for life.  —  Their crime, the teens said …
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
From the Eye of a Legal Storm, Murdoch's Satellite-TV Hacker Tells All  —  SAN DIEGO — Christopher Tarnovsky feels vindicated.  The software engineer and former satellite-TV pirate has been on the hot seat for five years, accused of helping his former employer, a Rupert Murdoch company …
Discussion: Threat Level and Slashdot
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Billboards That Look Back  —  In advertising these days, the brass ring goes to those who can measure everything — how many people see a particular advertisement, when they see it, who they are.  All of that is easy on the Internet, and getting easier in television and print.  —  Billboards are a different story.
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Clerical error exposes Google as anonymous eBay critic  —  Screen grab of the submission to the ACCC showing Google's “fingerprints”.  —  The Australian competition watchdog has accidentally revealed Google as the anonymous source of a submission that is highly critical of eBay's proposal …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Register
Jim Carr / SC Magazine US:
Researchers breach Microsoft's CardSpace ID technology  —  Three security researchers in Germany have reportedly broken Microsoft's CardSpace, which was designed to beef up the security of users' personal information while browsing the internet.  —  The technique essentially co-opts part …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Subnotebook vs. UMPC vs. Netbook: WTF Is the Difference?  —  When Blam broke the news on Dell's mini Inspiron, there was one he was stuck on: How to categorize it.  Is it a subnotebook?  A UMPC?  A netbook?  (Knowing the specs might have helped, but probably not much.)
Associated Press:
Radiohead to Prince: Unblock ‘Creep’ cover videos  —  Radiohead tells Prince to unblock videos of his ‘Creep’ cover from Coachella  —  NEW YORK (Associated Press) - After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's “Creep” at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek.
David Carnoy / CNET
New RCA Small Wonder video cams now available  —  The latest iteration of RCA's Small Wonder video cameras is now available.  Along with Creative's just-released $99 Vado, the new trio of Small Wonders is competing with Flip Video's popular budget cams, which—by some estimates …
Discussion: Out of the Box, Gizmodo and Engadget
Phone Arena:
Motorola Adventure V750 is rugged  —  Motorola V750 is one of the two new devices planned to be launched this summer along with the introduction of Verizon's new PTT service.  We pretty much already knew all the specs and have images of the device, but an interesting new bit of information is the rugged design of the V750.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Userplane, the Really Big Widget Ad Network  —  When it comes to the widget ecosystem, lavishly funded companies like Slide, Clearspring and RockYou hog the limelight.  But it is Userplane, now a subsidiary of AOL, that seems to be revving up the money engine without much fanfare.
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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
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