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4:55 PM ET, May 26, 2009

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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 …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple prepping iPod nano with camera, three new iPhones - report  —  Apple will introduce a new version of its iPod nano with a wider screen and built-in camera later this year after first introducing three new iPhone models distinguished by their network hardware, according to a new report.
Discussion: IntoMobile and I4U News
Arn / MacRumors:   Next Generation iPhone Case to Have Matte Finish? Enhanced 3G?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Da!  Facebook Takes $200 Million From Russian Investors at $10 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is indeed taking money from Russian investor 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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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook's Zuckerberg: $10 Billion Is a “Fair” Valuation
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 …
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 …
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Mike / Nokia Conversations:
Ovi Store goes live
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 …
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 …
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Randall C. Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Microsoft and the great netbook price-fixing scam of 2009
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's coming processors to attack high end of server chip market  —  Intel said today that a new Xeon series server chip debuting in the second half of the year will attack the highest end of the server processor market.  That means Intel is targeting IBM as well as another division of Intel that sells the Itanium processors.
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
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Intel:
Intel Previews Intel Xeon® ‘Nehalem-EX’ Processor
Discussion: Reuters and Wall Street Journal
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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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
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Meme: Hands On With Yahoo's Twitter ‘Clone’  —  A few weeks ago, we heard that Yahoo was readying a Portuguese-only Twitter clone under the name Yahoo Meme.  Today, we finally got our invitation to try this new service, and while it is indeed an interesting micro-blogging service …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
New York Times Hiring ‘Social Media Editor’ To...Do Something  —  The New York Times is charging face-first into the digital age!  They're appointing a “Social Media Editor.”  It's Jennifer Preston, former editor of the recently-folded Regional Sections!  Could this be the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of NYT Twittery?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
People Networks President Joanna Shields Leaving AOL (With Full Internal Memos)  —  According to an internal memo obtained by BoomTown, Joanna Shields, who came to AOL via its troubled acquisition of the Bebo social-networking site, will be returning to London to spend more time with her family and to “pursue entrepreneurial interests.”
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews:
Warner's iPhone App Push: Beginning Of The End For Small Developers?  —  Hollywood studio Warner Brothers Digitial Entertainment is gearing up to become a major distributor of iPhone and iPod Touch apps, with plans to release another 25 apps by the end of the year, Variety reports.
Discussion: AppScout and FierceMobileContent
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical developers aim to make Android apps run on Ubuntu  —  At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, Canonical has unveiled a prototype Android execution environment that will allow Android applications to run on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.  —  Android applications running on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and TechSpot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Plotting an acquisition or joint venture?  —  Microsoft last week registered a limited liability company (LLC) in Delaware stoking speculation that it is planning an acquisition or joint venture.  If true Microsoft may be planning a little bit more than a demo of its search engine and a big ad campaign to promote it.
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 …
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
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: PreCentral.net and Palm WebOS
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.
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
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.
 
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Media Week:
Screen Digest forecasts $1bn boom for in-game advertising
Discussion: CNET News and VG247
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Networks Show Respect for TV Streaming by Ignoring It
Discussion: AdAge and Mediaweek
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Facebook investment puts spotlight on Microsoft stake
BBC:
New rate for music digital stream
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Interview: Google's David Eun: 'We're Monetizing More Than Anyone Else Is Making'
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Clarification on the Date for Bi-hourly Shutdowns for the Windows 7 Beta
Discussion: BetaNews, Softpedia News and AppScout
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Financial Times:
Newspapers' future  —  With each month, newspapers look less …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
When 1.3 Billion People Are Too Many  —  There's one big Web …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Morgan Stanley Turns Bullish; Sets $180 Target
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
Discussion: Security Watch
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Amazon's next revolution
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How Long Did It Take for the World to Identify Google as an AltaVista Killer?
Discussion: Beyond Search
 

 
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