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8:35 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.
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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.
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: Fast Company
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Video Interview With The Google Wave Founders
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Sergey Brin: Google Wave Will Set A New Benchmark For Interactivity
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.
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  —  Decision Engine goes beyond search to help customers deal with information overload.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled Bing, a new Decision Engine and consumer brand, providing customers with a first step …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine
Business Week:   Microsoft's Lu on Bing: ‘A First Step’
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Woz-Bing!  Apple Co-Founder a “Big Fan” of Microsoft's New Search Engine
Discussion: TechFlash
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Desktop Lets You Rot Your Brain From The Comfort Of Your Couch  —  Since launching in late 2007, Hulu has done one one thing very well: it lets you watch your favorite TV shows and movies from your computer, free of charge.  But aside from improving the user experience with assorted niceties …
Eric F. / Hulu Blog:
Lab Doors Are Open
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 …
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.
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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.
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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 …
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.
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:
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.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (971778)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a new vulnerability in Microsoft DirectX.  The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if user opened …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:   Microsoft to patch new DirectX hole
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
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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