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8:15 AM ET, May 28, 2009

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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:
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:
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget, 9 to 5 Mac and Crave
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
Telegraph:
Germany to investigate leak of election result on Twitter  —  Twitter, the microblogging website, is at the centre of a political furore in Germany, after MPs used it to leak news of the president's re-election.  —  News that Hörst Köhler had been re-elected as German president …
Mickey Kataria / Google Geo Developers Blog:
Announcing Google Maps API v3  —  Since our last major release of the JavaScript Maps API three years ago we've been delivering feature requests that all of you have been asking for month over month.  With over 150,000 active websites implementing it, the Maps API has become one of the most popular …
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.
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Yahoo's Schneider Sees Light Around Local  —  As many of Yahoo's senior executives have marched-or been marched-out of the company in the past year, Hilary Schneider has stuck around.  —  Schneider, who was recently promoted to Yahoo's executive vice president for North America …
James Niccolai / PC World:
Google Tests Scripting Feature for Online Apps  —  Google will add scripting capabilities to Google Docs, allowing organizations to customize its online applications and automate tasks, the company said Wednesday.  —  Google plans to sign up about 1,000 customers over the next few weeks to test the feature, called Google Apps Script.
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: MacDailyNews
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: Macworld, PR Newswire, CNET News and eWeek
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Jon Miller and Owen Van Natta Say MySpace Needs to Innovate  —  A couple of years ago, MySpace was the hottest thing on the Web.  But that was a couple of years ago.  Now the social network has gone cold: It is losing audience to Facebook and other sites and may well lose a very lucrative search deal from Google (GOOG).
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
New Yorker iPhone Cover Boosts Sales for Brushes App  —  Artist Jorge Colombo may have drawn the dreamy, nocturnal cityscape of Manhattan on the June 1 cover, using his iPhone, but a software engineer named Steve Sprang built Brushes, the iPhone application that transformed Mr. Columbo's swipes into digital strokes.
Discussion: New Yorker
 
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AT&T eyes sale of Palm Pre in future
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