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12:10 PM ET, May 25, 2009


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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Microsoft Aims Big Guns at Google, Asks Consumers to Rethink Search  —  Here's Why an $80M Ad Effort for a Search Engine, Bing, Makes Some Sense  —  NEW YORK ( — Microsoft has used attack ads to go after Apple, and now it has Google in its sights.
Arn / MacRumors:
Unreleased iPhone2,1 Icon Reveals No Major Physical Changes?  —  A forum thread reveals that the unreleased “iPhone2,1” model that has been previously referenced actually includes its own icon within the iPhone 3.0 SDK.  The icon, however, appears identical to the iPhone1,2 model which represents the current iPhone 3G.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Exclusive: Everything There Is To Know About Nokia's Next Tablet  —  Move over, Nokia N97.  Your bigger, badder, unannounced brother is on the way - and one of our sources at Nokia has just clued us in on all of the details, from worldwide launch targets to hardware specs.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
June 1st New Yorker Cover Drawn Entirely on the iPhone  —  Artist Jorge Colombo took about an hour to fingerpaint an intricate Times Square scene on his iPhone using Brushes, a $4.99 iPhone drawing app.  Now, it's the June 1st cover for The New Yorker.  —  I'm guessing the editors …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Payoff Over a Web Sensation Is Elusive  —  Susan Boyle, the frumpy Scotswoman who became a worldwide singing sensation last month, may wind up as the winner this week of “Britain's Got Talent,” the hit ITV show.  —  After a six-week absence, she returned on Sunday night to sing “Memory” …
Discussion: CinemaTech
Frazier Moore / Associated Press:
Web service Twitter plans TV competition series  —  Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody's doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.  —  The social-networking service said Monday it has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Twitter, Brillstein develop TV series
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sprint's Pre business launch guide leaked in its entirety  —  Sprint has published a real page turner here — some 22 pages of the most telling Pre details we've seen to date.  It's a very business-centric document, but a lot of the stuff revealed in here applies to each and every user that's buying …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre: The Definitive Guide and FAQ
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Palm Eos on track for AT&T release second half of 2009  —  The Palm news just keeps coming today.  Looks like Centro successor Eos might be coming sooner than expected, with this purported AT&T powerpoint slide listing a second half 2009 ship date, along with a “new Palm OS experience” …
The Thrica Network:
Safari 4's Messy Trail  —  Those of you who've been trying out the new Safari 4 beta - at least on the Mac, though I imagine you could find similar data trails on the Windows version too - have no doubt been impressed at its shiny new features.  But if you're a stickler for disk space like I am …
Discussion: Edible Apple
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Lenovo S12 Is the First Netbook With Nvidia Ion, Priced Under $500  —  With the IdeaPad S12, Lenovo, as rumored, is first out of the gates with a netbook based on Nvidia's Ion chipset, and it's a hell of a promising start: this 12-inch netbook promises the whole HD-playing, game-conquering Ion experience for around $500.
Joseph Tartakoff /
The Man Who Owns (No, He Doesn't Work For Microsoft)  —  One thing that has likely hampered Microsoft's efforts to boost Live Search's market share—and perhaps contributed to its decision to consider renaming the search engine—is that it does not own the domain name.
Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
Nokia's Ovi Store live in Australia (soft launch)  —  Nokia's Ovi Store has soft launched in Australia; the information we recieved indicates that Ovi Store is now accessible on a Nokia E75 on the Australian operator Vodafone (see updates in full story for other markets).
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Rik Ferguson / Counter Measures: compromised - 245,000 clear text passwords exposed?
Discussion: HackersBlog and Softpedia News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo gets budget-friendly with IdeaPad U350, G550 and IdeaCentre C300
Discussion: eWeek, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Don Clark / Digits:
Hints of a New Market for Cheap, Power-Sipping Servers
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
Intel Adopts an Identity in Software
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Who Says Innovation Belongs to the Small?
Discussion: deal architect
 Earlier Items: 
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Free To Use. Pay To Play.
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
Citizen Spies Lift North Korea's Veil
Discussion: Slashdot and Beyond Search
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
With ex-Google exec, AOL seeks another fresh start
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
How HBO And Gawker Tricked Us Into Reporting An Ad Campaign As News
Discussion: /socnets and MediaMemo