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11:50 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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David Pogue / mydigitalfc.com:
Palm's credible challenge to the iPhone  —  You've seen that movie, right?  The one where a pair of lovable, sad-sack losers team up to defeat the smug, athletic golden boy?  If not, you're about to.  It's called “Palm Pre vs. iPhone.”  The star of this summer blockbuster is Palm.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre review  —  The Palm Pre.  It's not just a phone, it's a myth, an idea, possibly a legacy... and a really, really long time coming.  It's almost impossible to believe, but the crew at Engadget has been talking about a Linux-based Palm phone since way back in 2004.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Palm's New Pre Takes On iPhone  —  In the new era of hand-held computers — super-smart touch-screen phones that run sleek, compelling software — Apple's iPhone has been king.  A new, improved iPhone is expected to be announced on June 8.  —  But on June 6, Apple will get a powerful competitor in this category.
Discussion: Reuters, CNET News and Daring Fireball
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad: The Launch Prototype  —  We've been working hard behind the scenes on the CrunchPad since our last update in April, and have just about nailed down the final design for the device.  We're showing the conceptual drawings here today.  In another few weeks we'll have the first working prototypes in our office.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Squared is Live: Who Knew Structured Data Could Be So Unhelpful?  —  Three weeks ago Google demonstrated a new product in Labs called Google Squared; it's a search engine that creates structured data from big piles of information and lets users compare various things by their attributes.
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Mmaser / Digg the Blog:
Ads You Can Digg...or Bury  —  Today, we're announcing our plans to roll out a new advertising platform — Digg Ads.  Digg Ads will give you more control over which advertisements are displayed on Digg.  The more an ad is Dugg, the less the advertiser will have to pay.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Digg Will Charge Less for Ads Its Users Like
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Soon, you'll have to pay for Hulu  —  Don't get too attached to all that free, high-quality video on Hulu.  It just might disappear behind a pay wall before too long.  —  Speaking last night at an Internet Week event sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Miller …
Discussion: Sample the Web and Download Squad
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen iPhone may add radio tagging, Nike Sport Kit  —  A new version of Apple's iTunes software released Monday includes code strings that hint at a couple of new features likely to make their debut alongside new iPhone models this month, namely radio tagging capabilities and support for the Nike+ Sport Kit.
Marvin Ma / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to use a new term for netbook  —  Microsoft plans to redefine mini-notebooks that Intel has categorized as netbooks with a new term - low cost small notebook PC, according to Steven Guggenheimer, general manager of the Application Platform & Development Marketing Division at Microsoft.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Nation's C.T.O. Lays Out His Priorities  —  I had a chance to sit down this week with Aneesh Chopra, the newly confirmed chief technology officer of the United States.  My first question, of course, was “What does the nation's C.T.O. do?”  It's a question that lingered …
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0, VentureBeat and The 463, Thanks:atul
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Updated White MacBooks outperform more expensive Unibody siblings across the board  —  Zoikes!  Macworld labs just got done testing the new white MacBook and apparently it is a real screamer.  So much, in fact, that it blew right past the $300 more costly Unibody MacBook.
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
William Hurley / Business Week:
Palm: Likely to Stumble with Pre  —  Adoption of Palm's new Pre smartphone will be hampered by its lousy applications, high price, and marketing missteps  —  On June 6, Palm (PALM) will release the Pre, a smartphone many hope will fuel a resurgence of a company long since fallen from grace.
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Bartz Still Not Interested In Microsoft Deal, Trashes Bing  —  Yesterday we heard that shares of Yahoo (YHOO) still had a call option on the possibility of Microsoft (MSFT) takeout in them.  —  Well, if you're buying Yahoo, don't do it because of some fantasy about a seach deal …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter co-founder: We'll have made it when you shut up about us  —  NEW YORK—Twitter executive Jack Dorsey says he's looking forward to the day when the world stops talking so much about the company he co-founded.  —  “I think Twitter's a success for us when people stop talking about it …
Discussion: Digits and the Econsultancy blog
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Exclusive: Discussing the Future of Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  There's a lot happening at Facebook these days.  From advertising to payments, search to mobile, platform to privacy, Facebook has teams working on a spectrum of products to serve the company's 200 million active users …
Thanks:atul
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson X2 spotted?  —  A tipster tells us that the device you're looking at here is Sony Ericsson's codename “Vulcan” — better known as the X2 — which would presumably replace the X1 at some point in the next few days, weeks, months, or years.  Though the picture's small …
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Tax Would Move Microsoft Jobs Offshore  —  Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer said the world's largest software company would move some employees offshore if Congress enacts President Barack Obama's plans to impose higher taxes on U.S. companies' foreign profits.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Silicon Alley Insider
Google Mobile Blog:
The importance of being immediate - Google Mobile App now for Nokia S60 smartphones  —  As a user experience designer I like to take every opportunity to better understand the issues that get in the way of people making the most of their mobile phones.  The development of Google Mobile App …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Project Natal video hands-on, impressions, and further details  —  We had a chance to go one-on-one with Project Natal — as well as its steward, Kudo Tsunoda — and we wanted to give you a little insight on Microsoft's next big play.  Plus, how could we pass up an opportunity to show off …
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
SanDisk says the iPod won  —  SanDisk's Sansa media players are number two in the market, behind the iPod.  Image: SanDisk  —  SanDisk CEO Eli Harari once plotted to dethrone the iPod with a series of “iDon't” ads ­ a marketing campaign that cast Apple iPod users as fad-driven sheep …
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Ex-Googler's New White House Job Rankles Some  —  Andrew McLaughlin's departure from Google to the Obama administration has prompted a little grumbling among some consumer advocates and the search giant's corporate foes.  —  Google  —  Andrew McLaughlin  —  Mr. McLaughlin …
Derrick Goold / Bird Land:
Tony La Russa suing Twitter for trademark infringement  —  TOWER GROVE — Apparently, the Tweets stop with Tony.  St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is suing the micro-blogging and social networking site Twitter, Inc., over what the skipper and his attorney describe as trademark infringement …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweetree Puts Actual Shared Content In Your Twitter Stream  —  One large component of the “RSS Is Dead” idea is that services like Twitter offer a faster and more curated way to share content.  But the problem is that to do this on Twitter, it involves sharing a link to the content and not the content itself.
Thanks:cwalcott
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Is Back On Campus  —  Chris Hughes, one of three co-founders of Facebook Inc., said Wednesday he regrets not dropping out of Harvard University like his two other roommates who went off to Silicon Valley to build the famous social-networking site.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteStart
Dan Goodin / The Register:
At long last, internet's root zone to be secured  —  VeriSign and ICANN to share DNSSEC duties  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  The US government said Wednesday it plans to digitally sign the internet's root zone by the end of the year, a move that would end years …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Can Comscore stop ticking publishers off?  —  When is 2 million people too small a group to get a good feel for the latest trends?  —  When you're trying to perform the deceptively difficult calculation of just how many people visited a Web site.  —  ComScore, by some accounts …
William M. Bulkeley / Digits:
Venture Capitalists Mourn Weak IPO Market After E Ink Buyout  —  Venture capitalists view the decision by e-book pioneer E Ink Corp. to sell out to a Taiwanese company as one more sign of the moribund IPO market.  —  Getty Images  —  Amazon's Kindle and other e-book readers use E Ink's technology.
 
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Fred / A VC:
Is Twitter A Substitute For Set Top Box Data?
Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Al Gore wants to save advertising, too
Discussion: ClickZ, Contentinople and Beet.TV
Reuters:
BlackBerry maker warns on security vulnerability
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Will Use Moblin Linux Across Its Products
Discussion: Electronista
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Starts Stripping Skype Voice And Chat Buttons From Auction Listings
Discussion: The Deal.com and FierceVoIP
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Possible build from Windows 7 RTM branch leaks
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:downloadsquad
Jack and Suzy Welch / Business Week:
Why We Tweet  —  We're now big fans of Twitter.
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
BitTorrent users spend money, too
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System
Discussion: Obsessable and paidContent.org, Thanks:kbolgarov
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Apple: Collins Stewart Upgrades; BMO Capital Ups Target
 

 
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