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7:05 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  —  Nothing quite works like the threat of the possibility of losing a money-making asset.  With rumors that Apple is flirting with Verizon over a future partnership, AT&T has abruptly changed its future wireless broadband plans to include …
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: “Wireless Is the Priority of This Business”  —  Randall Stephenson is just two years into his tenure as CEO of AT&T but faces challenges that have been decades in the making.  Among them: remaking AT&T amid the steady decline of its landline business …
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.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Android 2.0 “Donut” features demoed at Google I/O  —  We're still trying to get used to the overwhelming joy of having Cupcake installed on our G1s, but it's full steam ahead over at Google where engineers are already slaving away on the Donut branch that'll eventually come to be known as Android 2.0.
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D7: Yahoo Would Sell For “Big Boatloads of Money”
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google and Salesforce.com Join Clouds  —  Google and Salesforce.com said today at the Google I/O Developer Conference that their platforms as a service will talk with one another.  Using the libraries provided by Force.com for Google App Engine, developers can now access the data stored …
Discussion: CNET News, PR Newswire and eWeek
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
FCC develops strategy for rural broadband  —  Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps released a report on broadband strategy for rural America on Wednesday.  —  The report was mandated as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  In that bill Congress asked the Federal Communications Commission to work …
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
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
New Version of Skype Adds Screen Sharing  —  In addition, Skype now also allows users to import their contacts from Gmail, Windows Live, Hotmail, AOL, LinkedIn, and Yahoo.  —  Thanks to this update, Mac users (who use the latest beta version) can now also finally share their screens with PC users, which wasn't possible until now.
Discussion: CNET News, FierceVoIP and digg.com
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, Electronista and CrunchGear
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
OraBrush Wins Bidding War With Hershey Over Facebook “Kisses” Page  —  How much would you pay for a Facebook fan?  That's a question that many are determining as they look at potential Facebook fan page acquisition opportunities.  Today Orabrush, a tongue cleaning product …
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
IBM Sues to Stop Acquisitions Chief David Johnson From Taking Job at Dell  —  International Business Machines Corp. is suing its former mergers-and-acquisitions chief David Johnson to prevent him from working for Dell Inc., saying his new job violates an agreement restricting his employment with rivals.
Discussion: CNET News
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Gmail and IMAP: Pushes with IMAP IDLE  —  We've just confirmed via an anonymous tipster with an emulator that the Palm Pre does, in fact, fully support IMAP IDLE on Gmail.  What on earth does that mean?  It means that if you're using Gmail, your email gets pushed out to your Pre nearly instantly.
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 …
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Ovi Store Running Smoothly After Opening Day Glitches  —  Nokia's Ovi Store launched on May 26 to considerable media attention and a number of high-profile glitches.  Those issues have been largely fixed, but Nokia still needs to attract developers and their mobile applications in order …
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Mike Lazaridis  —  If Apple's iPhone and the Palm Pre are perfecting the convergence of cellphone and PC, Research in Motion's BlackBerry anticipated it.  And that's largely thanks to co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, its patron saint, who conceived the BlackBerry in 1999 as a two-way pager …
PC World:
Intel's New Core I7 Chips Surface on Retail Sites  —  New Core i7 processors from Intel have surfaced on retail sites, giving early details of the new Nehalem-based processors ahead of the company's official launch of the chips.  —  Multiple retail sites on Wednesday were taking orders …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D7: An Interview With Liberty Media's John Malone  —  Speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference this morning in Carlsbad, California, Liberty Media (LMDIA, LINTA) Chairman John Malone asserted that advertising is not producing enough revenue for the content production industry to support …
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
 
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Google LatLong:
Businesses layer for Google Earth on your iPhone
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius XM Posts Screenshot Of iPhone App
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Federal court upholds FCC ban on exclusive cable deals
Discussion: DSLreports and digg.com
Benjamin Niolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
House approves tax incentives for Apple
Discussion: GigaOM and Data Center Knowledge
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Patent Lawsuit Over Shazam Highlights The Difference Between Invention …
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Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Google Bans Music Uploads From Blogs
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Holodeck: StreetView In 360 Degrees
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Crosses 60 Million Monthly US Users, But Fewer People Over 55 Coming Back
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will It Cut 8GB iPhone Price To $99?
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Microsoft to Netbooks: Stay Tiny Or Pay the Price
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