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1:10 PM ET, May 26, 2009

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Da!  Facebook Takes $200 Million From Russian Investors At $10 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is indeed taking money from Russian investors Digital Sky Technologies.  As previously reported, the social network is selling $200 million of preferred stock at a $10 billion valuation …
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 5G, Next-Gen iPhone Design Changes Revealed?  —  You know that we don't run future iPod stories without having a lot of faith in the information.  Thus far, our source has a perfect track record for accuracy.  Based on the information we've received, this is what the fifth-generation iPod nano …
Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Ovi Store goes live  —  GLOBAL - Today is one of those monolithic milestones for Nokia and the advancement of mobiles, as Ovi Store has officially gone live.  It's a moment that many believe (including all of us here on Conversations) is set to spark a rapid evolution in the way we all use …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Ovi Store Launch Is A Complete Disaster  —  This was supposed to be a glorious day for mobile phone giant Nokia.  The Finnish company got out-innovated by Apple a couple of years ago with the introduction and subsequent success of the iPhone and the iTunes App Store …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Goes Hollywood?  —  The web is abuzz today with talk of a “Twitter TV show.”  I'm even getting folks asking me if they can audition.  Indeed, there are a lot of interesting developments happening in the television space—MTV, G4, CNN, E! and various independent production companies …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not “Transform Television,” But Its Jump Is Interesting  —  When news broke earlier that Twitter was working with some Hollywood types to develop a television series, the web nearly imploded on itself.  Some assumed that the show would be about the people behind the scenes at Twitter …
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU pushes music industry to open up online rights  —  BRUSSELS -  —  EU antitrust regulators told the music industry Tuesday to move quickly and change licenses that currently restrict online music stores such as iTunes from offering the same songs for sale across Europe.
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Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Apple May Start Selling Music Across EU on iTunes
Discussion: iLounge and Edible Apple
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
OpenX Keeps On Growing, Raises $10 Million More  —  We've talked about online ad server OpenX quite a bit in the past, and for good reason.  The company, formerly known as Openads, is led by former AOL CEO Jonathan Miller (Chairman) and ex-Yahoo exec Tim Cadogan (CEO) and has in the past shown it's serious …
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Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
OpenX Aims to Hold Off Google, Takes $10.4M Third Round
The Mac Observer:
Psystar Files Bankruptcy, Stalls Apple's Case  —  Unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida, temporarily slowing down Apple's legal case against it.  The filing may be an indication that the company's financial backers have pulled out …
Tom Yager US / Computerworld:
iPhone 3.0 betaphiles upset the Apple cart  —  Tom Yager asseses version 3.0 of the iPhone OS  —  At least I have an excuse.  Running pre-release operating systems and firmware in production settings is part of my job description.  I accept that “beta” items are exempt from expectations …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft and Intel looking to limit netbook sizes to 10.2-inch for Windows 7  —  Microsoft and Intel have reached a consensus to decrease the upper screen-size limit for netbook PCs equipped with Windows 7 from 12.1 inches to 10.2 inches, according to sources at Taiwan-based ODM notebook makers …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Palm fights back (against Apple)  —  The beleaguered handset maker says its new smartphone, the Pre, is an iPhone killer.  Apple isn't laughing.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Not much rattles Apple.  Disciplined and focused, the company lavishes attention on its own elegant products and rarely deigns to discuss rivals.
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Why I Won't Be Syncing Facebook with My Palm Pre  —  I'm looking forward to finally get my hands on the Palm Pre.  But according to the PreCentral forums, the way it handles contacts may make the platform unusable.  —  Just like on the Android-wielding G1, if you sync your Pre to your Gmail account …
Discussion: Palm WebOS and PreCentral.net
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Texting May Be Taking a Toll  —  They do it late at night when their parents are asleep.  They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets.  They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their back.  They do it so much their thumbs hurt.  —  Spurred by the unlimited texting …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate  —  Shielding Public, Private Networks Is Goal  —  President Obama is expected to announce late this week that he will create a “cyber czar,” a senior White House official who will have broad authority to develop strategy to protect …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Twollars: An Innovative Approach to Fundraising on Twitter  —  Twollars is a really interesting service; both because it has a genius idea behind it, but also because it raises some questions about the economy of micropayments through microblogging in general.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Amazon's next revolution  —  CEO Jeff Bezos used the web to shake up book retailing.  Now he's using the Internet to sell electronic books on his Kindle e-reader.  A look at Amazon's latest effort to transform the book business, writ digital.  —  (Fortune Magazine) …
Gene Marks / Business Week:
Beware Social Media Marketing Myths  —  MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook are all the rage, but for most business owners there are better ways to stay close to customers  —  Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a suggestion for preparing a Hot Pockets frozen entrée: “Take out of package.  Place directly in toilet.”
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista SP2 ready for download (and Windows Server 2008)  —  Have you been waiting patiently for Vista Service Pack 2 to be available?  Your wait is over!  —  Here are the downloads - Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008:  — Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
How Long Did It Take for the World to Identify Google as an AltaVista Killer?  —  Earlier this week, I mused about the fact that folks keep identifying new Web services as Google killers, and keep being dead wrong.  Which got me to wondering: How quickly did the world realize that Google …
Discussion: Beyond Search
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
When 1.3 Billion People Are Too Many  —  There's one big Web 2.0 question we'll never know the answer to: Could YouTube have survived on its own?  —  There are a handful of industry-changing Web 2.0 names including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
zunescene.com:
Zune Upgrade Plan Coming June 2009  —  Microsoft is preparing to start a hardware upgrade plan in June according to Zune Scene sources.  The upgrade plan is for Zune owners who want more capacity, less capacity, a different color (only red or black will be initially available), or perhaps just a newer Zune.
Discussion: Gizmodo and SlashGear
Financial Times:
Newspapers' future  —  With each month, newspapers look less like a business and more like a lost cause.  The crisis is acute in the US, where some newspaper groups are in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and there are questions over the long-term future even of venerable titles such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and MediaFile
 
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Michael Lynton / The Huffington Post:
Guardrails for the Internet: Preserving Creativity Online
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Mikael Ricknäs / Network World:
Practical speeds to make mobile bandwidth claims clearer
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
The CBS-CNet Integration, One Year Later
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
Phone Carriers Take a Step to a Merger
Discussion: TechSpot and VoIP Watch
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel delays debut of Core i5 platform until early September
Discussion: The Tech Report and Maximum PC all
Daniel Robinson / iTnews Australia:
Intel releases multi-core developer tools
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Asustek aims to be No.3 laptop vendor in 2011
Discussion: Softpedia News
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Epic founder expects photo realism in 10-15 years
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
Has Home Automation Standard Finally Arrived?  ZigBee Pro with Control4 as ‘Anchor’
Discussion: CrunchGear and Slashdot
SmoothSpan Blog:
10 Things You Don't Need to Do In the Clouds
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
AmpliFeeder: FriendFeed's Much Hotter Sister
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The App Store Hype Gets A Dose Of Reality
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Video parodies Microsoft's vision of the future
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