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4:15 PM ET, May 27, 2009

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AT&T:
AT&T to Deliver 3G Mobile Broadband Speed Boost  —  Initiatives will Deliver Faster Speeds, Enhancements to Mobile Broadband Performance, Availability
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   AT&T Moves Up Its LTE Rollout, Admits To Network Issues
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Live From Google I/O 2009  —  We're here at Google I/O, the search giant's annual developer event in San Francisco.  The first day's keynote address is happening right now, and we're covering it live.  —  The theme of today is pretty clear: The time for development on the web has arrived.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Bets Big on HTML 5: News from Google I/O  —  “Never underestimate the web,” says Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra in his keynote at Google I/O this morning.  He goes on to tell the story of a meeting he remembers when he was VP of Platform Evangelism at Microsoft five years ago.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's “Oprah Moment”: An Android Phone For Everyone At Google I/O  —  Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Vic Gundotra, the VP Engineering for Google has a special surprise saved for the end of the show: A free HTC Magic (aka the G2) for everyone in the audience.
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: We're a Different Company Than Google  —  Yahoo, “frankly, could use a little management.”  Uttering those words during a conference call to discuss her appointment as CEO, Carol Bartz ushered in a new era at the Internet's perennial underachiever.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone casts a giant shadow on the Web  —  Here's a pie chart that should warm Steve Jobs' heart.  —  That big blue slice covering 59% of the pie represents Apple's (AAPL) share of the U.S. smartphone traffic in April as measured by AdMob, the world's largest purveyor of ads on mobile apps and websites.
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Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Android, iPhone Dominate Mobile Browsing in April 2009  —  Google's Android and Apple's iPhone together accounted for almost three-quarters of web browsing on mobile devices in April, yet not even 10 percent of device sales, according to the most recent Mobile Metrics Report from AdMob.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates $999 MacBook, again — goes back to school with free iPod touch  —  Shh, don't tell the press but Apple just bumped the specs on its entry-level white MacBook again.  The bump measures in at just 0.13GHz on the processor, 133MHz more oomph from the DDR2 SDRAM, and an extra 40GB of disk space.
Alexandros Roussos / SiliconRumors:
New Apple MacBook Air family with 3G and cheaper model - sources  —  Apple could be readying a new very attractive MacBook Air family of notebooks recent sources indicated SiliconRumors.  —  The most notable feature our sources expect to be added to the new MacBook Air is a built …
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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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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Ben Charny / Digits:
The Woz Says Jobs Sounds ‘Healthy, Energetic’  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Steve Jobs sounds “healthy, energetic” a month before the CEO is expected to return to the company.  —  Getty Images  —  Steve Wozniak  —  On the sidelines of the All Things D conference …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The World According to Twitter  —  How distorted is Twitter's view of the world?  That question is neatly answered by Topsy, a new search engine that's like Google, except sorted by the attention-deficit-disorder sufferers who live on Twitter.  —  Topsy launched last night.
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Inside Sprint Now:
Sprint Palm Pre Activation  —  Since there are quite a few in the wild already, and we're just over a week away from launch, I figured it'd be as good a time as any to give a preview of what activation/first use will look like on the Pre, and field any questions that may come up in the process.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google creates Web Elements for easy news feeds  —  Google has made it easier for novice Web publishers to spruce up their sites with feeds of Google's products.  —  Google Web Elements, set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PeopleBrowsr Tosses Its Hat In The Twitter/Facebook Desktop Client Ring  —  There is a heated competition taking place for which Twitter/Facebook desktop client is the fairest of them all.  We've written about about TweetDeck, Twhirl / Seesmic Desktop, AlertThingy, Sobees …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and louisgray.com
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7  —  At Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference about a year ago today, Julie Larson-Green first introduced Walt Mossberg to Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities, which we call Windows Touch.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rich mobile browser Skyfire launches faster 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 …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
MSI notebook first with Intel's ultra-low voltage processor  —  The battle over ultrathin, low-voltage laptops has begun in earnest.  —  MSI announced Wednesday the availability of the X340, the first notebook to hit the market sporting Intel's new CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) processor.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Google Bans Music Uploads From Blogs  —  Google has banned subscribers to its Korean blogging platform, Textcube (www.textcube.org), from uploading songs onto their blogs, citing the country's new anti-file sharing provisions aimed at thwarting online piracy.
Discussion: p2pnet and Lucas Gonze's blog
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Irving Azoff, CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment  —  As a longtime music executive and talent manager, Irving Azoff has had to find a way to work with everyone from inebriated rock stars to David Geffen.  But he's never had to placate Washington, D.C., before.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ditch The Generic: Weebly Launches Free WYSIWYG Virtual Storefronts  —  Weebly, a popular WYSIWYG webpage maker, is launching a new feature today that will allow users to quickly make fully customized web stores using the Weebly interface they're already familiar with.  —  Using the new feature is simple.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will It Cut 8GB iPhone Price To $99?  —  Is Apple (AAPL) going to attack the low end of the smartphone market with a big price cut in the 8 GB version of the iPhone?  —  RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky thinks they might.  In a research note this morning, he notes that the company …
 
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Holodeck: StreetView In 360 Degrees
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Gmail and IMAP: Pushes with IMAP IDLE
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Crosses 60 Million Monthly US Users, But Fewer People Over 55 Coming Back
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Head of Yahoo Video Division to Leave
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SanDisk Signs New Cross-License Deal With Samsung
David Coursey / BizFeed:
Microsoft to Netbooks: Stay Tiny Or Pay the Price
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Time Warner To Decide On AOL Spinoff At Thursday Board Meeting …
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