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10:35 AM ET, May 28, 2009

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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre First Hands On!  —  Yes — you're looking at the first site in the world to have a Palm Pre (or at least be able to post it up).  There's so much to say but that's going to have to wait for our full review.  In the meantime, here's a couple first impressions of the phone and a few more photos after the break:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Scooplet: the Palm Pre syncs with iTunes  —  It came up briefly at Comdex in January when a Palm (PALM) representative let the cat out of the bag (see here).  Nobody followed up.  —  But with more and more Palm Pres appearing in the wild — in the hands of Palm employees, Elevation partners …
Datamation:
Why the Palm Pre Will Fail  —  I know, I know.  Apple iPhone: old and busted.  Palm Pre: new hotness.  Palm's new phone will be June's flavor of the month, etc.  —  The Pre will have smartphone enthusiasts squealing with delight at its feature-rich and innovative user interface …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Reuters:   AT&T eyes sale of Palm Pre in future
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Google: Expect 18 Android Phones by Year's End  —  Summer Of '09 Phone War update: By year's end, there will be at least 18 phones on the market worldwide based on the Android operating system, Google disclosed for the first time today.  —  Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Spin-Off Approved Last Night By Time Warner Board: Here's the Inside Details (Not in the Press Release)  —  While there were reports that the Time Warner board was meeting today to approve the spin-off of its AOL online unit, it actually gave the move an “enthusiastic endorsement” last night, according to sources.
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TimeWarner:
Time Warner Inc. Announces Plan to Separate AOL  —  NEW YORK - Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized management to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of AOL from Time Warner.  Following the proposed transaction …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Purported next-gen iPhone bezel shows speaker, color changes  —  Images from Hong Kong depict several significant changes from the bezels of prior iPhones to the next-generation model, if their source is to be believed.  Listings pages from Hong Kong-based part vendor China Ontrade depict …
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Next-Generation iPhone 3G Parts Revealed by Chinese Wholesaler?  —  Wholesaler China Ontrade.com has posted parts from the next-generation iPhone 3G 2009: The LCD screen and the middle internal bezel.  They even have pictures comparing the new parts to the old ones:  —  The wholesaler says the following in their site:
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Tech DEMO: Plastic Logic  —  Amazon (AMZN) isn't the only company that wants you to read books and newspapers on a handheld device.  The Kindle has a bevy of competitors, some of which already exist-like Sony's (SNE) Reader-and those that have yet to hit the market.  Plastic Logic falls in the second category.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With Plastic Logic Reader
Discussion: Gadget Lab
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet GigaOM Pro, Our Subscription-Only Research Service  —  When I was looking for funding for GigaOM nearly three years ago, I had a very simple, four-slide PowerPoint presentation that I showed to potential investors.  Two slides focused on the past, but the other two — the “money slides” — focused on my plan to build the company.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Sergey Brin: Newspapers can still prosper but need time to “figure it out”  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin was cornered with a hot-topic question at the tail end of a press conference at the Google I/O Developer's Conference.  A “mainstream media” reporter from Australia wanted …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sergey Brin On Newspapers, Breaking “Page's Law” …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Semantic technology gains publishing foothold  —  OpenCalais, a Thomson Reuters project to improve electronic publishing by adding computer-readable labels to content, has attracted the attention of several media publishing organizations, including CNET.  —  The OpenCalais product …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
New version of HDMI cables brings Internet into consumer electronics  —  An industry alliance is announcing today a new version of the popular HDMI cables that connect high-definition video appliances to TVs and other appliances.  It's just a simple cable upgrade, but it will mean far easier set …
Discussion: TWICE, OhGizmo! and blogs.ft.com
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Dell Joins the Budget Ultrathin Party With 14-Inch, $649 Studio 14z  —  Ok, this trend is really growing some legs.  Dell has just announced and made available their Studio 14z, a $649 optical-driveless budget ultralight with a 16:9 HD screen, Nvidia 9400m graphics and a 14-inch screen.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Landmark study: DRM truly does make pirates out of us all  —  It's a well-known story by now: Europe, the US, and plenty of other countries have made it generally illegal to circumvent DRM, even when users want to do something legal with the content.  Sure, it sounds bad and Ars complains …
Discussion: TeleRead and The BFF
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Cuban: Internet video progress ‘disappointing’  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—Mark Cuban says that despite the growth of YouTube, the Internet video market over the last decade has actually been a disappointment.  —  The problem, he said, is that when Google bought YouTube it focused on ubiquity rather than making money.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Knows Stuff About Computers  —  Pundits have framed President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as a judicial equivalent to her predecessor.  Not quite: Justice Souter is a proud luddite who has never owned a computer.  Sotomayor, on the other hand, is a nerd.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Mole: PSP-Go details confirmed, smaller PS3 is on the way  —  Our trusty inside source spills the beans about Sony's long-term strategy.  The PSP-Go! is real, and should be announced at E3.  The more surprising news?  A slimmed-down PS3 is in fact coming, but not until Sony sells the PS3s sitting on retail shelves.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.S. Manga Obscenity Conviction Roils Comics World  —  In an obscenity first, a U.S. comic book collector has pleaded guilty to importing and possessing Japanese manga books depicting illustrations of child sex abuse and bestiality.  —  Christopher Handley, described by his lawyer as a …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Spotify releases video of Android app in development  —  Spotify, the streaming music service which is gradually gathering a large fan-base in Europe, has been plotting a mobile version.  It recently hired a head of mobile and the speculation was that it would come out with an iPhone app first after releasing a teaser video.
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.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
The Web's most dangerous keywords to search for  —  Which is the most dangerous keyword to search for using public search engines these days?  It's “screensavers” with a maximum risk of 59.1 percent, according to McAfee's recently released report “The Web's Most Dangerous Search Terms”.
Discussion: McAfee Newsroom
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Best Buy Backs a Digital Media Venture Fund  —  Best Buy, the consumer electronics retailer, wants to finance the next hot digital media start-up.  —  Best Buy is supplying the capital for a new digital media investment fund that will be managed by Velocity Interactive Group, which also happens to be changing its name to Fuse Capital.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Economy isn't slowing Apple's building plans  —  Apple (AAPL) isn't letting the recession slow its retail ambitions.  —  The company said Wednesday that it plans to remodel 100 of its stores this year, to make more room for customer training and displayed products.
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
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 …
 
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