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5:15 PM ET, June 2, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 to launch October 22  —  Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is planning for Windows 7 to hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs on Oct. 22.  —  In order to reach that milestone, Microsoft plans to wrap up development of the operating system by the middle of next month …
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 …
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter Still Available in China with Seesmic Desktop  —  Mike Butcher reported earlier on TechCrunch today that China has shut down Twitter and Bing so I rushed this morning on my friend Thomas Crampton Twitter stream, Thomas is based in China and had the pleasure to see that you can still tweet …
Thanks:loic
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: VG247, New World Notes, DVICE and Kotaku
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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?
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 …
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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 …
Nokia:
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre stock levels for launch day at Best Buy leaked?  —  We don't want to incite panic in big box parking lots from coast to coast or anything (or do we?), but from the looks of things, Best Buy's Pre stock for launch day is meager at best — and distribution is a little weird.
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Christopher Meinck / Everything Pre:
Best Buy's Palm Pre Inventory Leaked
SFGOV:
Mayor Newsom Announces Innovative New Tool to Access City Services with a ‘Tweet’  —  In an effort to foster more civic collaboration and connectivity with constituents, Mayor Newsom today announced a first of its kind application that allows citizens to access the City's 311 Call Center through Twitter, a social networking service.
CNNMoney.com:
LinkedIn's startup story: Connecting the business world  —  Serial entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saw a new way of working - and built a company around that vision.  —  As told to Ellen Lee  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CNNMoney.com) — In Silicon Valley, it's all about knowing the right people.
Discussion: StartupNorth and The Equity Kicker
Jeff Bakalar / CNET News:
Nintendo announces New Super Mario Bros. for Wii  —  At the Nintendo E3 2009 press conference, the company has just announced a brand-new Mario title, New Super Mario Bros. for the Niintendo Wii.  The 2D side-scrolling game will feature four-player co-op along with new gameplay features and power-ups.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Reuters, SlashGear and Gearlog
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube XL Brings The World's Most Popular Video Portal To Your TV  —  This morning YouTube invited a small group of press to unveil the latest evolution of the site's viewing experience.  It's called YouTube XL, and it's going to bring the vast majority of YouTube's content to your TV or large-screen computer monitor.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
PlayStation Motion Controller May Be Best Game Motion Capture Ever  —  And here it comes: After Xbox 360's Project Natal, Sony is also adding their own motion controller to the PS3, aptly named The PlayStation Motion Controller.  It's the best motion control demo that we have ever seen, but it may be arriving a little too late.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
INQ Mobile to roll out Twitter-phone  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Cell phone maker INQ Mobile plans to introduce a Twitter phone in time for the Christmas sales season, hoping to benefit from surging interest in the micro-blogging service, INQ's head told Reuters on Tuesday.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Search is too important to leave to one company - even Google  —  It may seem as unlikely as a publicly edited encyclopedia, but the internet needs publicly controlled search  —  Search is the beginning and the end of the internet.  Before search, there was the idea of an organised …
Discussion: eWeek
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over methods for repeat iTunes, App Store sales  —  Apple, along with more than a dozen other firms conducting e-commerce, have been hit with a lawsuit from a patent trolling claiming first rights to technology that simplifies the re-billing process for repeat customers making purchases through online stores.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
From Terrible To Terrifying: Newspaper Ad Sales Plummet $2.6 Billion In Q1 2009  —  Nothing like a telling graphic to illustrate what most have been expecting, albeit probably not in this order of magnitude.  Veteran media exec Alan Mutter discovered some horrid statistics about the state …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony launching PSP Go handheld in October  —  Sony confirmed its worst kept secret of the E3 video game trade show.  It announced today its PlayStation Portable handheld, the PSP Go, will launch in October.  —  The device will sell for $249 in North America and it will have no universal memory disc drive, as its predecessor does.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Is Top Tracker of Surfers in Study  —  When asked about online privacy, most people say they want more information about how they are being tracked and more control over how their personal information is used.  Those consumer expectations are rarely in line with the data collection practices …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and jd/adobe
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun succumbs to Apple envy with Java Store push  —  I spit my last breath at thee  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  JavaOne Sun Microsystems' outgoing chief executive Jonathan Schwartz has opened his swansong JavaOne with a parting challenge to Apple's success on mobile.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac “Coming Along Fine”  —  There have been a bunch of Google events recently, covering a range of products, but the same question seems to rise above all others at each of them: When is Chrome coming for the Mac?  Even Sergey Brin is asking it.  Google has committed to getting …
Peter Cohen / PC World:
The Sims 3 Launches Simultaneously for Mac, PC, IPhone  —  Electronic Arts (EA) on Tuesday announced the simultaneous worldwide release of The Sims 3 for Mac and Windows.  A version developed to run on the iPhone and iPod touch is also available.  —  The latest installment …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps To See Price Cut - To $99.95 when bundled and $115.95 standalone...  An insider at Comcast tells us the company will soon be dropping the price on their rather pricey 50Mbps/10Mps tier, which currently costs $139.95 a month.  Additional documentation obtained …
Discussion: Electronista and Stop the Cap!
Paul Miller / Engadget:
DigiLife DDV-JF1 pocket cam shoots HD, packs its own projector  —  Another wild one from the surreal landscape of Computex.  DigiLife's new DDV-JF1 camera bears much resemblance to most mini camcorders, but while it's perfectly content to shoot 720p footage and show it off on its 2.5-inch LCD …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace and Facebook: Two Very Different Approaches to Video  —  Nielsen sent out a release today saying that even though time spent on Facebook is up 700 percent, MySpace is still tops for video.  That's not anything revolutionary.  It's hard to remember a time in the last few years when MySpace …
Discussion: Contentinople and paidContent.org
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Soups Up Enterprise Search Appliance  —  The search giant claims Google Search Appliance 6.0 can search billions of documents with options to customize administrative, security and relevancy features.  —  With an eye to the largest federal agencies, Google introduced …
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 …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Nintendo gives us a sneak peek at the Wii Vitality Sensor  —  Ready for the future as seen by Nintendo?  No, it's not full body mapping like Project Natal, it's a little sensor that measures your pulse called the Wii Vitality Sensor.  The Nintendo press event didn't reveal anything …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC  —  Several weeks ago, Apple began testing high-volume Push Notifications using a special build of the AP Mobile iPhone application distributed to developers testing beta versions of the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
 
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Stuart Fox / Popular Science:
Analysts: Obama's Much-Touted New Cybersecurity Plan Is Full of Holes
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Ellison: Oracle Will Continue to Invest Heavily in Java
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CBS News:
AOL 2.0: Is There A Future As A Solo Act?
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Comcast CEO Joins Call For Authentication Gateway To Online Viewing
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple launches new One to One personal training service
Discussion: MacNN, MacRumors and Macsimum News
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IP Geolocation Worst Practices
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Acer Brings “All Day Computing” …
Dell-Anne C / Direct2Dell:
Bidding Adieu to the Dell Inspiron Mini 9
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Stay N' Alive and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How excited is Google about the ad blocker for Chrome?
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