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8:16 AM ET, June 2, 2009


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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido's 2009 roadmap leaked; $99 4GB iPhone 3G?  —  Okay, so one of our Fido ninjas hit us up with some exclusive snaps of what is reportedly the entire roadmap for the rest of 2009.  We're very far away from being able to confirm this information — it actually made us pop about 50 antacid tablets …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
New iPhones approved in capacities from 4GB up to 32GB?  —  4GB to 32GB — that's one hell of a range, but we're hearing from a trusted source that new iPhones in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities just garnered approval by the PCS Type Review Certification Board, the standards body responsible …
Conversation Starter:
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets  —  Twitter has attracted tremendous attention from the media and celebrities, but there is much uncertainty about Twitter's purpose.  Is Twitter a communications service for friends and groups, a means of expressing yourself freely, or simply a marketing tool?
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft announces “Project Natal” motion controller for Xbox 360!  —  Yes, it's real.  Now you'll be able to change a tire... virtually.  At E3 today, Microsoft finally took the wraps off the that rumored motion controller we'd been hearing about.  Apparently the small, black device …
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Microsoft unveils new controller  —  Microsoft has unveiled its new control system for the Xbox 360, at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.  —  Project Natal is a fully hands-free control system that will use face recognition and motion sensors to allow users to play games.
Discussion: DVICE, Engadget and technabob
About the security content of iTunes 8.2  —  This document describes the security content of iTunes 8.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Acer to sell Android netbook PCs in Q3  —  * First company to launch netbooks using Google's Android  —  * Move could threaten Microsoft's market dominance  —  * No prices yet, but analysts say Windows XP costs about $25 (Adds details, quotes)  —  Acer Inc (2353.TW), the world's No. 3 PC brand …
Dan Nystedt /
Acer may be first with Android netbook
Discussion: Softpedia News
Anil Sabharwal / Docs Blog:
The file formats keep on coming!  Announcing .xlsx and .docx support  —  I still remember the first time I was introduced to Google Docs by a friend.  I had one of those “aha” moments.  Here was a product where I could easily share documents with people all over the world …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How excited is Google about the ad blocker for Chrome?  —  With one quick download, Google's browser will soon enable users to do something that the company can't be happy about — block online ads.  —  Google Chrome, the company's recent entry into the Web browser market …
Discussion: Softpedia News and
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Why China Isn't “The Next Silicon Valley”  —  Since I got home from China last week, I've found myself in a lot of conversations where phrases like “the next Silicon Valley,” or “just like Silicon Valley used to be,” keep coming up.  But while China is swimming in capital and littered with start-ups …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Local Lures Small Businesses With Their Own Web Dashboard  —  Google wants more small businesses to claim their listing profiles on Google Local (which is basically listings that pop up in Google Maps and local search results).  To entice them, starting tomorrow it will give local businesses …
Discussion: Beyond Search, Thanks:mrinaldesai
TrustedReviews Mobile Phones:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Dropping Memory Stick Micro  —  Now here's a hugely welcome turn up for the books...  While meeting Sony Ericsson to discuss something I can't tell you about (sorry, NDA until Thursday) I managed to dig up possibly even more interesting news: the company …
Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Venture Capital Firms Creating ‘Hybrid’ IPOs to Help Startups Sell Shares  —  A company backed by a half-dozen venture capital firms and about 200 institutional investors is trying to make it easier for startups to stage initial public offerings, a bid to spur a recovery after the market collapsed.
Discussion: Techdirt
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:   InsideVenture Banks on New, Hybrid IPO Model
Nokia N97 mobile computer to begin selling worldwide in June  —  Espoo, Finland - The highly anticipated Nokia N97, Nokia's flagship mobile computer, will begin selling in June in more than 75 countries.  Along with a tilting 3.5" touch display, QWERTY keyboard and a fully customizable home screen …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Palm's WebOS ‘Media Sync’ iTunes Integration Can't Be Legit  —  There seems to remain some confusion regarding Palm's recently announced “media sync” feature in WebOS, the brand-new OS that powers their soon-to-be-released Pre.  Here's how Palm describes it: … The “(2)” is a footnote which states:
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Thanks:atul
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AP: tech coming to stop “wholesale theft” on 'Net  —  It looks like the Associated Press is getting pretty close to deploying that ‘anti-misappropriation’ technology the news agency has been talking about.  Ars got an AP editor to give us some details.  —  Ever since the Associated Press warned …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
China shuts down Twitter and Bing in lead up to Tiananmen anniversary  —  It's widely known that China runs a pretty tight ship - to put it mildly - on what its citizens get to see online, especially that content which exists outside of China.  YouTube has been blocked for some time and although Wikipedia …
Discussion: Mashable! and Lost Laowai
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000  —  One of Twitter's greatest assets has always been its developer community.  But with the countless link, image, and video sharing services available (many of which are very similar to each other), most new services are lost to obscurity.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:atul
Cade Metz / The Register:
Website liable for Google-generated page summary  —  It's Google's snippet.  But you're to blame  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  A Dutch website has been sued - and sued successfully - for the way Google summarized one of its pages.
Discussion: and paidContent
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
NVIDIA unveils 12 Tegra devices, 25 hours of music or 10 hours of 1080p video on single charge (updated)  —  You've read about it, maybe even dreamed about it in your fantasies of a Microsoft Pink smartphone drizzled with Zune media.  Now we've got Tegra taking center stage at Computex with a dozen …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
E-Books Are Hot, So Why Did E-Ink Sell for So Little?  —  Prime View International, a Taiwanese company that makes an e-readers display part, said today it would purchase E-Ink, a company that provides the digital ink technology in the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, for $215 million.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Will O3D Get Google Back Into Virtual Worlds?  —  When Google launched its O3D browser plug-in for displaying rich 3D graphics last month, I was dubious that the virtual world industry would eagerly embrace it as a platform for future MMOs.  Most of the larger casual virtual worlds …
SANDISK BEGINS SHIPPING HIGH-SPEED, NEXT-GENERATION SOLID STATE DRIVES FOR ULTRA-HOT NETBOOK MARKET  —  SanDisk pSSD Drives Feature nCache -Large Non Volatile Write Cache Technology To Boost Random Write Performance Five Times Over Steady State Performance  —  Computex, Taipei, Taiwan …
Discussion: eWeek and Reuters
Jason Wilk / tinyComb:
Spotted: First In Line for The Pre  — Damn, I'm impressed.  One of our readers just sent over some photos showing what is now being confirmed as the first person in line for the Palm Pre (and no, it's not Greg Packer).  The linesitter, who did not provide a name, said …
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Shooting at Bubbles and Beth's Blog, Thanks:atul
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
BBC and Google in talks to launch international iPlayer site