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9:25 AM ET, May 29, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Just Happened?  Thursday Was Supposed To Be Bing Day.  —  Everyone knew today was the day that Microsoft was going to launch their new search engine.  Everyone's been talking about it for months, and the press and marketing efforts were carefully tailored to maximize the impact.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Is Wave Bloatware?  —  Google has published a video of this morning's demo of Wave-its radically ambitious upcoming service which aims to be what e-mail should be and meld it with IM, allow for real-time dozument sharing, provide instant photo sharing, revolutionize spell checking …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Even If Pre Is a Hit, Palm Is “Running on Fumes,” Mossberg Says
Discussion: Dealscape, Engadget and PC World
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine  —  The speculation is over.  Microsoft's search engine officially has a new name, Bing.  The name, along with some new features, opens the latest chapter in Microsoft's quest to best Google in the search engine wars.
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Charlene Li / The Altimeter:
Microsoft Bing's focus on decisions is smart — but not a Google killer
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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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: NEWS.com.au, Gawker and Laughing Squid
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 …
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David Worthington / Technologizer:
The Zune HD is Only HD to a Point
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Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Dell Exits Gaming, Alienware Invades with New M17x Notebook  —  The PC game machine maker lifts the lid on a sleek new design and talks about the next level in the Alienware-Dell relationship.  —  Recommends  —  Ever since Dell bought a stake in Alienware, people have been wondering: What becomes of Dell's gaming-friendly XPS line?
Discussion: SlashGear, CrunchGear and Electronista
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Alienware's M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUs truly is all powerful
Discussion: Softpedia News and VG247
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.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   How charging for articles could hobble the future of journalism
Darren Waters / BBC:
Sky puts content on Xbox console  —  British broadcaster Sky has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see live football, TV and film content brought to the Xbox 360.  —  The deal marks the Xbox's first move into live linear broadcast TV.  —  Rival consoles, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii …
Discussion: Engadget and VG247
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Dan Rayburn / GigaOM:   The Streaming Content Is There, But Not Enough People Are Watching It — Yet
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So Much For Twitter's Trending Topics To Indicate Breaking News  —  Twitter's near real-time search capabilities and the ability for them and third parties to mine the collective data from user messages for indicators of what's buzzing online is the intrinsic core value of the company …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
PC World:
Bye-bye Kindle, E-reader Screens Coming for Netbooks  —  Netbook makers will soon play a larger role in the e-reader market if start-up Pixel Qi has anything to say about it.  —  The company, founded by former One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, will show off engineering samples …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G2 (Google Ion) Review: Most Improved Award  —  Not only does the T-Mobile G2/HTC Magic/Google Ion phone improve on original T-Mobile G1 in just about every way, it manages to do it while cutting down significantly on the size.  The only thing it doesn't have going for it is a hardware keyboard.
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Electronic Arts Makes Big Play for Online Services  —  Videogame Publisher to Unveil Plans for Web Version of Its Popular Tiger Woods Golf Game; Some Titles Will be Free  —  Free or low-priced online services have squeezed profits from many businesses.  But John Riccitiello is placing …
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Hands-on impressions of Nokia's N97 [video]  —  I've been pretty excited ever since Nokia announced it's soon-to-be-released Nokia N97 all the way back in December.  However, it wasn't till earlier this week that I was actually able to get my hands-on the company's new flagship device courtesy …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Experts: Gumblar attack is alive, worse than Conficker  —  The Web site compromise attack known as Gumblar has added new domain names that are downloading malware onto unsuspecting computers, stealing FTP credentials to compromise more sites, and tampering with Web traffic, a security firm said on Thursday.
Discussion: ScanSafe STAT Blog
 
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Has TweetDeck Found a Business Model?  Launches Blink-182 Themed Version
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Nabs Federated Media's Chief Revenue Officer, Chas Edwards
Discussion: VentureBeat
Fake Carol Bartz / The Secret Diary of Carol Bartz:
I Know What Yahoo Is  —  Yesterday was another busy day.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
KOffice 2.0.0 Released  —  While most people focus on Microsoft Office …
Discussion: KOffice.org
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The culture of copying  —  Oh no: another boring report …
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Snapdragon Netbooks Called Smartbooks, Coming This Fall
Discussion: CNET News, GigaOM, SlashGear and Liliputing
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Google's Macro Software Threat
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Watching Sergey Wander: A Sliver of Insight Into Google?
Discussion: PC World, SlashGear and Android and Me
DSLreports:
Is Verizon Considering Metered Billing? …
Discussion: Post I.T.
Economist:
Born free  —  Open-source software firms are flourishing …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Patents of Steve Jobs
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