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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Is Google Squared?  It Is How Google Will Crush Wolfram Alpha (Exclusive Video)  —  One of the next frontiers of search is taking all of the unstructured data spread helter-skelter across the Web and treat it like it is sitting in a nice, structured database.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google Search Now Supports Microformats and Adds “Rich Snippets” to Search Results  —  Today at Searchology, Google has launched a search results enhancement called “rich snippets” that uses meta data from web pages (from microformats such as hCard, hCalendar, and RDF) to display additional details …
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Google soft-launches public comments
Discussion: Technologizer
Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.7 Update  —  The 10.5.7 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Could this be the hardware spec for Microsoft's Pink phone?  —  While rumors about what is/isn't part of the next Zunes and “Pink” phones swirl, I figured I'd add a few more tidbits that I've been hoarding.  —  First up: A list of what may or may not be the final specs for the Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1.
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Sean Bradford / Neowin.net:
This just in from Microsoft: No Zune in June  —  A few hours ago we reported that someone from Microsoft was reportedly tweeting some hints at a possible June release for a new device.  We've been speaking with company officials all morning, and there seems to have been a big mix-up.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone coming shortly: $29.99, no 3G support  —  After what has become one of the longer (and certainly one of the highest-profile) App Store approval delays, SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone has finally gotten Apple's blessing — with some serious changes under the hood.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Chrome-on-Mac precursor rough but workable  —  I spent the better part of Monday trying out the Mac OS X version of Chromium, the open-source project on which Google Chrome is based, and I'm favorably impressed.  —  The software, available for download from the Chromium Web site …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Macworld
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Larry Ellison's Plan A: Buy only Sun's software assets  —  Speculation about a possible spin-off of Sun's hardware business by Oracle may not be so wide of the mark after all.  The reason: Oracle's initial acquisition interest only extended to some of Sun's software assets.
Discussion: The Register
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Frank Rose / Epicenter:
Hulu, a Victim of Its Own Success?  —  Hulu, the online TV service launched two years ago by Fox and NBC, has enjoyed incredible success with viewers — too much, it may turn out.  —  Two weeks ago, comScore's report that Hulu had pulled into the top three streaming video sites was quickly followed …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel outlines notebook plans for 2H09  —  Intel recently outlined its plans for traditional notebook, CULV-based ultra-thin notebook and netbook product lines for its partners, according to sources at notebook makers.  —  Intel's next-generation Calpella notebook platform will launch …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
France Approves Crackdown on Internet Piracy  —  PARIS — The French National Assembly on Tuesday approved a plan by President Nicolas Sarkozy to punish digital pirates with the possible suspension of their Internet connections, a little more than a month after the same body had rejected the proposal in a surprise vote.
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Facebook's Holocaust Controversy  —  Facebook is under fire for allowing Holocaust denial groups to remain on the site, claiming they don't violate the social network's terms of service  —  Facebook is under pressure to take a stand on groups that want to use its pages to air views that are at best controversial and at worst hateful.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Microsoft says hackers seek to attack PowerPoint users  —  BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday that hackers are seeking to attack users of its PowerPoint presentation software for Windows PCs and released patches to protect them against the threat.
Kevin Serafini / Google Mobile Blog:
Sky Map for Android - A Mobile Planetarium  —  I originally heard about Android on my first day at Google.  A colleague and I were excited about all of the features that would be present in the platform, such as the GPS, compass, and motion sensors.  As astronomy buffs …
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Swings at Wii With Videocam  —  Microsoft Corp. is developing a new videocamera for the Xbox 360 console that will allow players to control games with the movement of their bodies, people familiar with the matter said, an effort to attract the casual players that have fueled Nintendo Co.'s recent success.
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo, Kotaku and CrunchGear
Arjun Banker / Facebook Blog:
Be the First to Know with Immediate Notifications  —  Notifications let you know when people take actions on Facebook related to you, so you can quickly check out a photo you've been tagged in or read a new posting on your Wall.  They already are available from your home page …
Discussion: Rough Type and bub.blicio.us, Thanks:atul
Adobe:
Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat  —  Vulnerability identifier: APSB09-06  —  CVE number: CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493  —  A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1 and Acrobat 9.1 and earlier versions.  This vulnerability (CVE-2009-1492) …
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Ackerman / CNET News:
Dell undercuts Netbook competitors with the $299 Mini 10v  —  Dell has released a revamp of its Mini 10 Netbook, that “delivers on value,” says the company.  Accordingly, the new product's name is the Dell Mini 10v.  Starting at $299, the Mini 10v is a bold shot across the bow of the competition, notably Acer's $349 Aspire One.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia halts investment in media-sharing site  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia, the world's biggest cell phone maker, said on Tuesday it would halt investment in its first major Internet service push, a media sharing site, as part of a revamp of its services strategy.
Discussion: BetaNews and Unwired View
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Apple, Dell, HP laptop owners sue Nvidia over faulty graphics  —  Five plaintiffs join forces to demand class-action lawsuit  —  Computerworld) Owners of Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard laptops have combined their lawsuits against Nvidia in an attempt to force the graphics chip maker …
Discussion: AppleInsider
OUT-LAW News:
IPod designer's private nature costs him jonathanive.com  —  Jonathan Ive, designer of the iMac, iPod and iPhone, has lost a claim for domain names carrying his name because his name is not a trade mark and because he shuns publicity.  His name is not used enough in commerce to be protected, an arbitrator has ruled.
Discussion: The Mac Observer and PC World
George White / Dealscape:
New venture funds focus on early stage  —  Venture capital investment may have slowed down considerably in the current economic climate, but the number of new funds focused on bankrolling early-stage startups appears to be growing.  The trend toward smaller vehicles with a tighter focus …
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
A familiar name in real time search  —  The Musk name is famous among techies thanks to high-profile companies like PayPal and Tesla Motors, the electric car maker, which were founded or funded by entrepreneur Elon Musk.  —  Now another Musk-backed start-up is looking to make a splash.
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Ask.com CEO Jim Safka leaving company  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Ask.com Chief Executive Jim Safka is stepping down after roughly 16 months on the job, the company said Tuesday.  —  “Jim has decided to move on from Ask.com, following the recent passing of his brother which has led …
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Pirated Windows 7 Builds Botnet with Trojan  —  Security researchers at Damballa report shutting down the command and control server of a botnet built by a Trojan bundled with pirated copies of Windows 7 RC.  The Trojan is believed to have infected thousands of users.
Discussion: Zero Day and Security Fix
 
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Etan Horowitz / Etan on Tech:
Here it is, the first “tweet from space”
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Austin Modine / The Register:
eBay fees rejig will still hit casual auctioneers
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel chief: Second quarter orders better than expected; Eyes Sun Sparc customers
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Reuters:
Galloway denies he approached Google about NY Times
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: Cole Brodman, CTO, T-Mobile USA
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In defense of Microsoft's $9 billion research budget
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Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
Cisco Offers Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Service Providers
Discussion: CNET News and Cisco
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Madison Avenue and the App Store
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Up to 24 percent of software purchases now open source
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Make Room for the Wide Load Ads
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Pui-Wing Tam / Wall Street Journal:
At Start-Ups, Boards Spar Over Cash Plans
Discussion: Dealscape, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Aurora Dizon / PC World:
Security Alert: Twitter Porn Names Scam
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Print Books Are Target of Pirates on the Web
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