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11:55 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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NYT: Big-screen Kindle coming from Amazon “as early as this week”  —  Go ahead and grab the salt shaker, 'cause this one's nowhere near carved in stone... or is it?  A breaking report from The New York Times has it that Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle e-reader …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press  —  The iPod stemmed losses in the music industry.  The Kindle gave beleaguered book publishers a reason for optimism.  —  Now the recession-ravaged newspaper and magazine industries are hoping for their own knight in shining digital armor …
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
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
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 …
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Technologies Like Facebook, Twitter and Cellphones Affect Dating Compatibility  —  He Twitters but She Texts?  Sigh.  These Days, High-Tech Options Can Short-Circuit a Romance.  —  Scarlett Johansson, left, with Drew Barrymore, whose character, Mary, gets excited when a man asks her out via MySpace in “He's Just Not That Into You.”
Sprint may outsource network to Ericsson: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) is in final negotiations to outsource management of its cellular network to Telefon AB LM Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and transfer 5,000 to 7,000 U.S. employees to the equipment vendor …
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
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.
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
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
When the Cellphone Teaches Sex Education  —  THE special cellphone, set on vibrate, begins to whir.  Throughout North Carolina, anonymous teenagers are texting questions to it about sex.  —  “If you take a shower before you have sex, are you less likely to get pregnant?” asks one.
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
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