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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration  —  Andrew McLaughlin, Google's head of global public policy, is leaving the company to join the Obama administration, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. McLaughlin's plans.  —  Mr. McLaughlin will be deputy chief technology officer …
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The White House:
Securing Our Digital Future  —  Melissa Hathaway, Cybersecurity Chief at the National Security Council, discusses securing our nation's digital future:  —  The globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure known as cyberspace underpins almost every facet …
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Obama announces creation of “cyber czar” post
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre Review  —  We know, we know.  You wanted the review sooner.  Well, you know what?  It's here now and we've busted through this handset like a Japanese tourist with an SLR in Times Square.  So how does the Pre stack up against the competition?  Can it contend with the top …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Let's talk about Windows 7 Starter  —  There has been a lot of talk recently about Windows 7 Starter, so I thought I'd dive a little deeper into what it means to have this edition of Windows 7 running on a small notebook PC (a.k.a. a netbook).  —  Today, the Starter edition of Windows …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: No more three-app limit in Windows 7 Starter Edition
Discussion: The Register
Arn / MacRumors:
New Comparison Photo of Matte iPhone Enclosure?  —  In February, the first images depicting the back casing of an unreleased iPhone began circulating around the Internet.  The images showed a matte finish to the casing, but looked otherwise identical to the current iPhone enclosure.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Heeerrre: ‘Pay With Facebook’ Is In The Wild  —  Earlier today, we wrote about Facebook updating its terms to get ready for the roll-out of its payment system.  Well guess what, it's already here.  —  The application GroupCard is currently testing the new payment system live for all accounts that have it installed.
AppleInsider:
A glimpse at Snow Leopard's more subtle refinements  —  While many of the changes present in betas of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard have been discussed at length by Apple followers, one tester has taken to the web with observations on some of the more subtle refinements spread through the most recent build of the next-gen operating system.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Apple Core and MacFixIt
Joe / joestump.net:
Zombies and sheep tossing comes to Twitter  —  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Spam-based viral applications, first made popular on Facebook's platform, have come to Twitter in the form of Spymaster.  The #spymaster tag is trending on Twitter's search right now and, judging by my own stream, a bunch of people are playing it.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:eldon
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Spymaster: The Twitter Game That Will Assassinate Your Time
Discussion: AppScout
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Sprint's Palm Pre ‘War Room’  —  For the phone's launch, the carrier plans to create “situation rooms” to troubleshoot problems.  —  Sprint is approaching its June 6 launch of the Palm Pre with military strategy.  —  The introduction of the hotly anticipated handset will be Sprint ( S …
AppleInsider:
Apple briefs staff on wireless iPhone movie and TV downloads  —  The iPhone 3.0 operating system release will include new support for direct downloads of movie and TV content from the iTunes Store, according to people familiar with Apple's internal training materials.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint responds to Verizon CEO's comments concerning Palm Pre  —  Following some comments yesterday from Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, the Internet exploded.  The highlight of course was the un-revalation that Verizon would be adding the Palm Pre to it's portfolio once Sprint's exclusivity expires.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Server Fault now in public beta  —  Server Fault is now in public beta!  —  When Jeff Atwood and I launched Stack Overflow last fall, we really wanted it to be a site for and by programmers.  But the engine behind the site, the Q&A engine with voting, editing, and tagging, could obviously be used in a lot of other professions.
Discussion: Coding Horror
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
Statement Correcting Factual Errors in New York Post Story on FBI Computers, Dated May 29, 2009  —  A published report in The New York Post on May 29, 2009, regarding the FBI's external, unclassified computer network contains factual errors and inaccuracies.
Discussion: New York Post and PC World
David Wilkes / Daily Mail:
Facebook forced to lift ban on breast cancer victim's ‘sexual and abusive’ mastectomy scar photos  —  After having a mastectomy, Sharon Adams decided to raise awareness of breast cancer by posting photographs of her scar on Facebook.  —  They were accompanied by a description of the mother …
Discussion: Valleywag and Fox News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Walking Dead: Yahoo 360 Officially Closes, Again  —  Yahoo 360, which was supposed to close early last year, is finally officially shutting its doors on July 13, according to a blog post written on the site today.  The social network/blogging service that nobody really used (except in Vietnam) …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Page Likes And Comments Become Public Information  —  At some point in the past 48 hours Facebook has made public profile comments and likes public information.  Earlier this week I was browsing through public profiles (aka.  Facebook pages) and noticed that comments and likes were not public information.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Why Isn't the Republican Party More Interested in Facebook?  —  We don't espouse political philosophy here on Inside Facebook, though we are in favor of encouraging constructive political debate.  That's why we were surprised to hear at last night's Startup2Startup event from Randi Zuckerberg …
Discussion: Telegraph
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3 launching July 10  —  According to an official e-mail from Microsoft, Silverlight 3 and Expression Studio 3 will be launching on July 10.  —  Just when I sat down with a sigh of relief, thinking that this week of Microsoft news frenzy was over …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare To Serve Up APIs, More Mobile Apps, Free Beer  —  It's been over 2 months since Foursquare launched at SXSW and something strange is happening: My friends are still using it — a lot.  Sure, for the service to have real success, it will have to spread well beyond pockets of tech hipsters …
Vincent Vanhoucke / Google Mobile Blog:
Nearby Intersections on GOOG-411  —  It is amazing how much information can be displayed on even the smallest map, yet we sometimes forget that geographic content is not always available visually.  —  If you're out and about, you can call GOOG-411 and get local information about businesses.
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Jay-Z and Eminem spin a musical game out of ‘DJ Hero’  —  The upcoming DJ Hero video game just landed two heavy hitters as MCs: Jay-Z and Eminem.  —  Both rappers are bringing their music to the newest offshoot of Activision's successful $2 billion Guitar Hero franchise.
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Acknowledges ‘Debacle’ - Though CEO says he still thinks metered billing will work...  Speaking publicly on the issue for the first time since Time Warner Cable's PR disaster, CEO Glenn Britt admitted to attendees of a Sanford Berstein investor conference that efforts …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Justice Department sides with Cablevision against Hollywood  —  Just what, exactly, are all those Hollywood types getting in return for their investment in Barack Obama's presidential bid?  The Justice Department, a steady ally for the entertainment industry on copyright issues during …
 
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James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Google may strip ‘beta’ tag from some apps
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate goes medieval on Web loyalty programs, monthly fees
Discussion: Techgeist
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Delicate Dance in Vietnam
Thanks:dmac1
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MTV's ‘Alexa Chung’ tunes in to Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Mashable!
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft not only firm banning IM access to U.S. enemy nations
Discussion: LiveSide and iGeneration
Donald Bell / Webware.com:
Booksfree spells relief for audiobook addicts
 Earlier Items: 
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New BlackBerry Storm OS coming to Verizon on May 31st
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launching Real Time-Focused IE8 Bundled with OneRiot Search
Discussion: Geekword, MarketingVOX and Channel 10
Chris Connolly / HotHardware.com News:
Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed
Discussion: SlashGear and Slashdot
 

 
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