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9:30 PM ET, May 3, 2009


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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy to trial launch Palm Pre on June 7th  —  Well lookie here.  This one isn't 100% confirmed just yet but a ninja hit us up with what could be some pretty juicy launch details for the rumor mill's favorite handset du jour, the Palm Pre.  Here we go — according to our ninja …
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]  —  Earlier today I had the privilege to hear Google co-founder Larry Page speak at the University of Michigan.  I found his commencement speech to be quite moving.  He talked about how his parents first met at the University …
Discussion: Mashable!
Larry Page's University of Michigan Commencement Address
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley crown up for grabs  —  Silicon Valley's place as a centre of innovation and a major force in the global economy is waning.  —  So says Tom Siebel, hi-tech veteran and founder of Siebel Systems.  —  “I think Silicon Valley has been toppled from its pedestal,” he told BBC News.
Discussion: Techgeist and, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why text messages are limited to 160 characters  —  Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times  —  Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.  —  As he went along …
Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping  —  The home secretary has vowed to scrap a ‘big brother’ database, but a bid to spy on us all continues  —  SPY chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith …
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
Telegraph:   GCHQ denies plans to monitor all internet use and phone calls
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What The Trend: Finally, A Way To Make Sense Of Twitter Trends  —  For sure, Twitter Trends give visitors a great general overview of what the app's user base of millions are talking about the most at any given time, giving some insight in what's happening around the world.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets  —  TOKYO - When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash.  The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site …
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken  —  It happened when the Mac brought a mouse to every desktop.  Now, with the iPhone, it's happening again  —  When a black-jumpered Steve Jobs bounded on to a San Francisco stage just over two years ago to give the keynote speech …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How OpenTable Could Actually Matter  —  Dot com meltdown survivor and restaurant reservation software company OpenTable had been a rumored IPO candidate for a while.  Still, it shocked many when it finally filed its intention to debut on the Nasdaq back in January.  What?
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Myst now in the App Store, 730Mb Download  —  For you nostalgia fans out there, Myst just hit the App Store for $5.99.  It is a whopping (for an iPhone) 727MB download but promises to bring all of the realism of the 1994 classic Macintosh game.  If you don't remember, go grab a refresher.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
XP Mode in Windows 7 is no cop out  —  I've been waiting to get my hands on the Windows Virtual XP beta for Windows 7 ever since reading about it on Within Windows.  If you're not familiar with it, XP Mode is built on Virtual PC and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and is designed …
Tim Anderson / The Register:   Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Controversial Web ‘Framing’ Makes a Comeback  —  When Digg introduced a new toolbar in early April that added a thin strip - known as a ‘frame’ - to the top of pages submitted to Digg, a publisher outcry forced the social media aggregator back down.  It modified the new DiggBar so that only logged …
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Corporate Tweets and the SEC: Sometimes It's Better To Keep Your Mouth Shut  —  Last year, I covered the landmark SEC decision to recognize corporate blogs and potentially other forms of Social Media as a recognized form of meeting public disclosure requirements under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure) - in some cases.
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Nick Summers / Newsweek:
Walking the Cyberbeat
Discussion: Slashdot
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate
Discussion: CNET News
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next
Discussion: Ross Mayfield's Weblog and Beyond Search, Thanks:atul