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11:15 AM ET, May 30, 2009

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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
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Microsoft Update Quietly Installs Firefox Extension  —  A routine security update for a Microsoft Windows component installed on tens of millions of computers has quietly installed an extra add-on for an untold number of users surfing the Web with Mozilla's Firefox Web browser.
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 …
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.
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Microsoft Silverlight vs Google Wave: Why Karma Matters  —  Inevitable comparisons are made between the hugely enthusiastic developer response (including from us at Zoho) to Google Wave yesterday with the relatively tepid reponse to Microsoft's new search engine Bing.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Detailed Notes From CEO Armstrong's All-Hands Meeting for AOL Staff Today  —  After officially announcing that AOL was going to be spun off yesterday, Tim Armstrong, the CEO of the Time (TWX) Warner online unit, held an all-hands meeting for employees today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Discussion: PreCentral.net
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Downloading 3322 Copyrighted Movies is Okay in Spain  —  Today, the Criminal Court of Pamplona ruled that a man didn't break any laws by downloading thousands of movies and an undetermined number of songs.  The defendant was acquitted of copyright infringement charges because there was no evidence …
Discussion: p2pnet and digg.com
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
EU may mandate multiple browser bundling with new PCs  —  According to The Wall Street Journal, the EU is considering forcing Windows users to choose a browser to download and install before they can first browse the Internet.  —  The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechFlash
Austin Modine / The Register:
Sims 3 pirated 180,000 times in three days  —  Beating Spore's download rate so far  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  So much for Electronic Arts' open palm approach to video game piracy.  The game maker nixed its draconic digital rights management (DRM) …
Discussion: PC World and Electricpig.co.uk
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 …
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Games: Another reason why Twitter needs filters
Discussion: AppScout and TechCrunch
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo adds Google Suggest developer to labs  —  Yahoo has snagged a Googler, adding Yoelle Maarek from Google's Haifa Engineering Center to its ranks.  —  The company announced Friday that Maarek would be joining Yahoo Labs as co-leader of Yahoo's Haifa Lab in Israel.
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: Gawker, 901am and Fox News
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Page Likes And Comments Become Public Information
Discussion: VentureBeat
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Acknowledges ‘Debacle’ …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Google may strip ‘beta’ tag from some apps
Discussion: iTnews Australia and PC Pro
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate goes medieval on Web loyalty programs, monthly fees
Discussion: Techgeist
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MTV's ‘Alexa Chung’ tunes in to Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Bell / Webware.com:
Booksfree spells relief for audiobook addicts
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Google & The AP: Reveal The Licensing Terms
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint responds to Verizon CEO's comments concerning Palm Pre
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launching Real-Time-Focused IE8 Bundled with OneRiot Search
Discussion: MarketingVOX, Channel 10 and Geekword
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