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12:15 PM ET, June 2, 2009

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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?
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 …
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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 …
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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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 …
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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: The Equity Kicker
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
NVIDIA unveils 12 Tegra devices, 25 days 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 …
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PR Newswire:
NVIDIA Tegra-Based Devices Revolutionize the ‘MID’ Market
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Just Bluffing, Won't Sue Palm Over Pre  —  Big bad Apple (AAPL) probably won't sue Palm (PALM) over stealing its features for the Pre, says Therese Poletti, backing off an earlier theory.  —  This will leave the Pre and Palm to bomb on their own.  Palm investor Roger McNamee should dump the stock now, while he still can.
Discussion: MarketWatch and MacDailyNews
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Dell-Anne C / Direct2Dell:
Bidding Adieu to the Dell Inspiron Mini 9  —  As some of you with sharp eyes noted over the weekend, today marks the official retirement of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, our first entry into the netbook market.  It was a successful product by any number of measures, including the unofficial …
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 …
Business Wire:
Acer Brings “All Day Computing” to the U.S. Market with the Aspire Timeline Thin and Light Notebook Family  —  With Prices Beginning at $598, Acer's Affordable Sleek and Elegant Notebooks Offer More Than Eight Hours of Battery Life(2)  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Acer America …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechSpot and SlashGear
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Dong Ngo / CNET News:
Battery life comes first in Acer Aspire Timeline laptops
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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, Kotaku, DVICE, Engadget and technabob
Apple:
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.
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
Sandisk:
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, The Toybox and Liliputing
Save the Media:
The ‘hyperinterest’ approach to online news  —  Imagine a news Web site that's a portal to everything people used to read in newspapers plus a bunch of things that newspapers were never able to provide.  A cool idea, I think, but first it requires newspapers to embrace two provocative ideas:
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CA Acquires Some Assets From Failed Startup Cassatt  —  CA Inc. (CA) this morning announced that it had acquired certain data center automation and “policy-based optimization” expertise and assets from Cassatt Corp., a once-hot start-up based in San Jose.  (The company's Web site at cassatt.com seems to be down.)
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
IP Geolocation Worst Practices  —  Geolocating your users can create a better experience, but it can also be used in devious ways.  For example, cathysteeth.com claims to have a cosmetic dentistry solution discovered by a mom.  And wouldn't you know it, Cathy lives in your home town.  And your home town.
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 …
Justin Yu / CNET News:
Iomega eGo refresh gets triple-interface design  —  Last month we reported on Iomega's new line of eGo external hard drives.  Today, the company sweetens the deal with an even more versatile device: a portable hard drive with FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and USB 2.0 ports for the ultimate in cross-compatibility.
Discussion: Macworld
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.
Discussion: mocoNews and Phone Scoop
 
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Case for Non-Ad Revenue on the Web
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Going Viral  —  Brandon Hardesty discovered that in the age …
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Time Warner's Next Spin-Off: Time Inc?
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Comcast 50Mbps To See Price Cut - To $99.95 when bundled and $115.95 standalone...
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
Larry Dignan / CNET News:
EMC, NetApp compete to buy Data Domain
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E3 2009: Playing Rock Band with McLovin and rocking DJ Hero with Jay-Z
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
E-reader devices: The fun is just starting
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and GigaOM
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
After 25 years, Tetris has sold 125 million copies
Discussion: Digital Download, Guardian and VG247
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Cable Operators Mull IPTV As They Roll Out Faster Broadband
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000
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Why China Isn't “The Next Silicon Valley”
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