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2:50 PM 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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Reuters:
Verizon to sell Palm Pre, new BlackBerry Storm  —  *Verizon to sell Palm Pre, new BlackBerry storm  —  *Palm shares rise 11 pct, Sprint shares fall 3 pct  —  Verizon Wireless plans to start selling Palm Inc's (PALM.O) Pre and a new version of the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm in about six months …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:   Palm Surges as Pre Goes to Verizon Next
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Pre Coming to Verizon in Six Months?
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wave Drips With Ambition.  A New Communication Platform For A New Web.  —  Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google's VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, laid out a grand vision for the direction Google sees the web heading towards with the move to the HTML 5 standard.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Wave: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?  —  Yesterday's Google I/O keynote highlighted the power of HTML 5 to match functionality long experienced in desktop applications.  This morning, Google plans to announce an HTML 5-based application - still very much in the early stages …
Lars Rasmussen / The Official Google Blog:
Went Walkabout.  Brought back Google Wave.  —  Back in early 2004, Google took an interest in a tiny mapping startup called Where 2 Tech, founded by my brother Jens and me.  We were excited to join Google and help create what would become Google Maps.  But we also started thinking about what might come next for us after maps.
Tom Krazit / Webware.com:
Gmail in real-time: Google does the Wave
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo and O'Reilly Radar
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Video Interview With The Google Wave Founders
Discussion: VentureBeat and Android Phone Fans, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bing!  Microsoft Prepares For War With A Revamped Search Engine (Screenshots)  —  Today, Microsoft publicly unveiled its soon-to-launch search engine Bing.  It will become available over the next few days, and be fully launched by June 3.  On the surface, Bing has a distinct gloss.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Bing Vs Google: Head To Head Search Results  —  Let's just get it out of the way: no, Bing is not a “Google Killer.”  It's also safe to say that Microsoft doesn't see it that way either.  My understanding of what Microsoft believes it has in Bing is a much more competitive product than Live Search.
Discussion: Screenwerk
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Bing!  —  “Search and advertising, we are a small share....It's all about Google.  They have share, we don't have share.”  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that back in February, and according to the latest metrics from comScore (SCOR), it's as true today as it was then.
Microsoft:
Microsoft's New Search at Bing.com Helps People Make Better Decisions
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine
Discussion: Guardian, Geeking with Greg and Bink.nu
Ina Fried / CNET News:   How Microsoft's Bing came to be
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Spinoff Approved Last Night by Time Warner Board: Here Are the Inside Details (Not in the Press Release)  —  While there were reports that the Time Warner board was meeting today to approve the spinoff of its AOL online unit, it actually gave the move an “enthusiastic endorsement” last night, according to sources.
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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.
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 …
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Arianna Huffington and Katharine Weymouth  —  Old media, meet new media, meet old media's new media.  Arianna Huffington's self-named Web site is one the most prominent (and fast-growing) examples of the new media aggreation model — produce a smattering of your own content …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Ina Fried / CNET News:   At D7, Washington Post meets Huffington Post
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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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.
James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Shhhh.  Newspaper Publishers Are Quietly Holding a Very, Very Important Conclave Today.  Will You Soon Be Paying for Online Content?  —  Here's a story the newspaper industry's upper echelon apparently kept from its anxious newsrooms: A discreet Thursday meeting in Chicago about their future.
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
More Households Cut the Cord on Cable  —  Amid tighter budgets, more people are trying to save money by cutting their cable cords.  In response, cable companies are beginning to experiment with new Internet services.  —  In what's shaping up as the home-entertainment equivalent of severing …
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Joe Mandese / MediaPost:   Nielsen Finds ‘Cord-Cutting’ …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
D7 Buzz: Bartz And Ballmer Meeting This Morning  —  When Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz suggested yesterday at the D7 conference that she would consider doing a deal with Microsoft for “boatloads of money,” she might have been doing more than just answering a hypothetical question.  It could have been an opening salvo.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Steve Ballmer demos the Zune HD for Engadget!  —  That's right kids — Ballmer himself whipped out the newly minted Zune HD for us during D7 and showed of a few of its finer features... including its ability to play a Pixar movie on its gorgeous OLED screen.
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 …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Desktop Lets You Rot Your Brain From The Comfort Of Your Couch
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:atul
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Tech ain't that hot on Google
Jeffrey Veen / The Typekit Blog:
Introducing Typekit  —  When we started Small Batch Inc. last year …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
U2 manager: ‘Ultimately free is the enemy of good’
MacNN:
Apple wins patents for multi-touch, iPhone design
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft launches celebrity Twitter aggregator Celebrifeed
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Omniture Releases Analytics Tools for Facebook
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Beet.TV
David Kravets / Threat Level:
U.S. Manga Obscenity Conviction Roils Comics World
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Landmark study: DRM truly does make pirates out of us all
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