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9:55 AM ET, May 27, 2009

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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD coming this fall  —  Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed its plans to take on the iPod Touch with a new, touch-screen Zune that will be able to surf the Web, play high-definition movies, and tune in to digital radio.  —  The Zune HD, which will be available in the U.S …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Seven Questions About the Zune HD  —  Back on April 10th, our own Ed Oswald reported that he'd confirmed that the rumored Zune HD was real and would ship in the fall.  He spoke the truth-as Cnet's Ina Fried is reporting, Microsoft confirmed today that it plans to release an iPod Touch-like Zune then.
Zune.net:
ZUNE SPOTLIGHT  —  Media contact: For media inquiries only, e-mail zunepress@edelman.com.  —  For customer inquiries and technical support, click here or contact support directly:  —  call 1-877-GET-ZUNE (1-877-438-9863) or, for the hearing impaired, TTY 1-800-801-1189.
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
Twitter Guys: We'll Still Be Running This Company in 5 Years  —  Meet the Internet's It Boys: Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.  A year ago their “micromessaging” platform was unknown outside of a small circle of digerati.  Now the service has broken through to the mainstream …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Twitter Founders Say They're In for the Long Haul
Discussion: Beet.TV and D7 Highlights
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topsy Search Launches: ReTweets Are The New Currency Of The Web  —  New search engine Topsy, which has been in stealth development for three years, launches, well, now.  —  Before Google, search engines like AltaVista determined relevance based on how well a web page matched the query.
Alan Duke / CNN:
Kutcher threatens to stop Twittering  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Ashton Kutcher — Twitter's top tweeter — warned he may pull the plug on his tweeting if the micro-blogging service partners on a reality TV show.  —  “It's all fun and games until somebody gets stalked,” Kutcher wrote in a Twitter posting late Monday.
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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
David Coursey / BizFeed:
Microsoft to Netbooks: Stay Tiny Or Pay the Price  —  Microsoft appears to have decided that any netbook with more than 10.2-inch screen isn't really a netbook at all, and should pay more for a copy of Windows 7.  This is Redmond's version of the question facing the hardware companies themselves …
Discussion: CNET News and digg.com
Ross Miller / Engadget:
HP unveils Mini 1101, Mini 110 XP / Mi editions with optional HD video accelerator  —  HP's got more additions to its Mini netbook lineup coming your way with the 1101 and 110 XP / Mi.  All three models sport a 10.1-inch widescreen LED, autosync software for easier connectivity to your primary PC …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asus EeeNAS 1TB Backup Device Joins Atom Family  —  Asustek Computer joined other NAS (network attached storage) device makers such as QNAP and Acer by showing off a new NAS that uses Intel's low-power, inexpensive Atom N270 microprocessor.  —  The EeeNAS joins Asustek's Eee family of devices …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Ballmer whoops it up as Ford CEO delivers his new car  —  Too bad Ford doesn't have more customers as loyal and enthusiastic as Steve Ballmer.  Then again, the Microsoft CEO is an easy sell, as a Detroit native whose father worked for the automaker.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Microsoft Blog
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
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report: Spam now 90 percent of all e-mail  —  Spam now accounts for 90.4 percent of all e-mail, according to a report released Monday from security vendor Symantec.  This means that 1 out of every 1.1 e-mails is junk.  The report also notes that spam shot up 5.1 percent just from April to May.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rich mobile browser Skyfire launches version 1.0  —  Skyfire, a mobile browser that wants to bring the full desktop web experience to mobile phones, is taking its product out of beta testing today and launching version 1.0.  Sometimes, that's a signal that a service is ready for mass usage …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Visits to Twitter Search Soar, Indicating Social Search Has Arrived  —  Twitter's growth over the last several months has been well chronicled.  But there's another story line here that's even more interesting - visits to Twitter Search are also soaring.  —  According to data from Compete.com visits …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:wedocreative
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Acrobat.com challenges PowerPoint with collaborative presentations  —  Acrobat.com, Adobe's website of free office software, is unveiling a new tool today that marks the early steps towards competing with PowerPoint, the ubiquitous presentation-making software in Microsoft Office.
Discussion: eWeek and Business Wire
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Expands Thin-Client Offerings  —  HP is rolling out the new 4410t thin client and a host of hardware and software enhancements aimed at improving the appliances' virtualization capabilities, security and manageability.  In addition, the new thin client is 90 percent recyclable …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Bing Logo Leaked By Way Of Favicon?  —  Within the next few days, Microsoft is expected to unveil its latest attempt at trying to be a player in the world of web search.  After it has failed to get live.com any traction against Google, it will apparently launch a new engine called …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple updates white MacBook with faster processor and memory  —  Apple alongside its 2009 Back-to-School promotion on Wednesday also updated its entry-level white MacBook with a faster Intel processor, memory architecture and more hard disk space.  —  The update was announced quietly on the company's online store.
Discussion: MacRumors
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Pictures CEO: The Internet Is Still Bad  —  A week and a half ago, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton made some news for saying that nothing good had come from the internet, period.  Plenty of online sites (including ours) took him to task for that, wondering how one gets to be the CEO …
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Take-Two Swings To Loss; Adds Another (Downloadable) GTA Sequel  —  How important is the Grand Theft Auto franchise to Take-Two (NSDQ: TTWO) Interactive?  Important enough that the publisher can't stay in the black without it.  Take-Two swung to a $10.1 million loss for its fiscal Q209; a loss of $0.13 per share.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Crave and Technologizer
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
UK broadband ‘notspots’ revealed  —  Around three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.  —  The government has promised to provide all homes in the UK with speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2012.
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Forrester / Rapid TV News:
BSkyB link with Microsoft on X-Box  —  Rapid TV News understands that the long-awaited link up between BSkyB and Microsoft's X-Box is at last going to happen.  Full details will be announced tomorrow (Friday, May 29).  The unveiling “Experience the Vision' press event will explain more.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Planning $1 Billion iDataCenter  —  An aerial view of the Apple data center in Newark, Calif. The company is said to be planning to add a major East Coast data center (Source: Google Maps).  —  Apple is planning a major East Coast data center to boost the capacity of its online operations …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
The Future is ChicagoNow  —  It's been eminently fashionable to bash Sam Zell for his gutting of Tribune Co., and with good reason—a copy of the Baltimore Sun I saw recently looked about as substantial as a cocktail napkin, and that was before the Sun's latest newsroom layoffs.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
IBM earmarks $3 billion for Europe and Asia stimulus  —  LONDON (Reuters) - IBM has earmarked $3 billion to finance so-called smart infrastructure projects in Europe and Asia likely to receive government stimulus support.  —  The move, announced on Wednesday, follows a similar announcement …
 
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