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11:40 PM ET, May 28, 2009


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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: PC World
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Woz-Bing!  Apple Co-Founder a “Big Fan” of Microsoft's New Search Engine
Discussion: TechFlash and Network World
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Watching Sergey Wander: A Sliver of Insight Into Google?
Discussion: SlashGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Sergey Brin: Google Wave Will Set A New Benchmark For Interactivity
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches Desktop App, Forbids Use on Anything Other than PCs  —  After beating competitors like Joost by choosing to go to the web rather than the desktop, and shutting out third-party apps that enable its videos on desktops or other devices like MyMediaPlayer and Boxee …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So That's Why Hulu Hates Boxee  —  Hulu, the popular television content aggregator backed by major Hollywood companies, today launched a desktop application that can only be used on PCs.  Of course, we wouldn't expect the company to do it any other way — after all, if it ran on set-top boxes …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Desktop Lets You Rot Your Brain From The Comfort Of Your Couch
Eric F. / Hulu Blog:
Lab Doors Are Open
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and ReadWriteWeb
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Rubinstein and McNamee: Remaking Palm  —  What a wonderful curative the Palm Pre has proven to be for Palm.  Especially for a device that's not yet shipped.  In early January of this year, the company's shares were trading below $3, having been dragged deep into the mud by a string of nasty quarterly losses.
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Even If Pre Is a Hit, Palm Is “Running on Fumes,” Mossberg Says
Discussion: Palm Goon and
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Hands On: Photos and Video Tour  —  Having just played with a prototype for a few minutes, I'm really impressed with the Zune HD.  I've got a video, too, showing off how well the animations work.  —  The device is tighter and more physically beautiful than the iPod Touch and it's got a better UI …
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.
Discussion: Geek In Disguise and DisplayBlog
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology  —  Wikioperating Thetan Level Zero  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned …
Discussion: Gawker
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.
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens  —  If you've bought a 13-inch Unibody MacBook in the last few weeks, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.  Apple has secretly updated the screens on recent MacBooks to a significantly higher quality.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SourceForge Acquires Open Source Data Community Ohloh  —  SourceForge, a tech news and e-commerce network has acquired Ohloh, a social network for developers and directory of open source projects, for an undisclosed amount.  —  SourceForge owns and operates a number of tech media websites …
Born free  —  Open-source software firms are flourishing, but are also becoming less distinctive  —  MANY technology firms are floundering amid the recession.  But many of the ones that offer services tied to open-source software—free programs written by volunteers who collaborate online—are boasting double-digit growth.
Discussion: The Open Road and 451 CAOS Theory
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.
Discussion: Gawker
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Audience Head Jeff Dossett Departs Company  —  Yahoo's SVP of North American Audience, Jeff Dossett, is leaving the company.  —  Reasons for the departure are personal, said sources, who said that Dossett (pictured here) is most likely to do a start-up.
Discussion: Pulse2 and
Is Verizon Considering Metered Billing?  - Or just fighting regulation that would prohibit the option?  —  There's not a broadband provider out there who wouldn't instantly begin billing you by the byte if they thought you (the consumer) would sign off on it.
Discussion: Post I.T.
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Paul Carr / Guardian:
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Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
Murdoch says no to U.S. government newspaper bailout
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Patents of Steve Jobs
Discussion: PC World and Gadget Lab, Thanks:marieadomingo
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Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
Washington Post Exec Katharine Weymouth: I Wish Our Headlines …
Discussion: CNET News
Christopher Lawton / Wall Street Journal:
More Households Cut the Cord on Cable
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
D7 Buzz: Bartz And Ballmer Meeting This Morning
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Spinoff Approved Last Night by Time Warner Board: Here Are …
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Economy isn't slowing Apple's building plans