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12:45 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Federal Antitrust Probe Targets Tech Giants, Sources Say  —  The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether some of the nation's largest technology companies violated antitrust laws by negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another's employees, according to two sources with knowledge of the review.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Into Hiring at High-Tech Companies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the recruiting practices of some of the largest technology companies violated antitrust laws, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Feds to probe tech hiring practices; Good luck with that one
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:   Microsoft Wants to Rebrand Netbooks ‘Low-Cost Small Notebook PCs’
Electronista:
MS redefines “netbook” to push up Win 7 price
Discussion: The Register
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Adobe service puts browsers side by side  —  Adobe on Tuesday said it is offering a free preview of its BrowserLab service, which allows Web developers to quickly see what their site looks like on a number of browsers.  —  The technology, previously code-named Meer Meer, was shown last year at the company's Max developer conference.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Test Your Site in Different Browsers Using Adobe BrowserLab
Arn / MacRumors:
WWDC 2009 Banners: ‘One Year Later, Light-Years Ahead’  —  Adam Jackson has posted the first photos (flickr) from WWDC 2009.  Apple has started putting up banners 6 days prior to the event.  The theme of this year's WWDC appears centered around the App Store.  The main banner in Moscone West reads:
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Speedy Opera 10 beta reconfigures as Web suite  —  Opera 10 has entered beta with the unstated goal of becoming more than a mere browser.  Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Norwegian program hopes to become a speedy utility—Turbo-charged, in their words—that handles browsing, e-mail, RSS, and torrents with robust features.
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
PS3 Motion Controller May Be Best Game Motion Capture Yet  —  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.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple, Google Consider App-Sharing Tools  —  Smartphone software makers weigh features that will make it easier to share downloadable apps, upending the way we acquire and use wireless games and tools  —  These days, downloading software applications for a smartphone is a breeze.
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.
Martyn Williams / LinuxWorld.com:
Microsoft won't offer Windows for smartbooks  —  The OS maker doesn't plan to offer Windows versions for the machines leaving the market to Linux and Android  —  Microsoft doesn't plan to offer a version of Windows for so-called “smartbooks,” leaving the space open to Linux, Google's Android and other operating systems.
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and Guardian
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft Wants Gadgets to Run Windows
Discussion: Softpedia News
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Hands-on with Wave: Weird and quite wonderful  —  Google just opened up to a limited audience its very interesting communications experiment called Wave (news stories).  Our hands-on evaluation: There's a lot to like.  It really is a more contemporary take on communications.
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Opera passes iPhone to lead mobile-browser market  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Norway's Opera Software overtook Apple's iPhone browser in May as the most popular mobile browser in the world, Web analytics firm StatCounter said on Tuesday.  —  Of all Internet pages that were downloaded …
DSLreports:
TiVo Wins Another Echostar Patent Ruling - Gets awarded an additional $103 million in damages...  After Echostar was sued in 2004, a jury in 2006 ruled that Dish DVRs infringed upon a TiVo patent, and forced the company to pay TiVo $73.9 million in damages — a ruling that was upheld in federal appeals court in January of 2008.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jason Calacanis Tries Turning Mahalo Into a Wikipedia That Pays  —  Jason Calacanis' Mahalo is getting a two-part makeover.  —  There's a visual overhaul for the search engine, which involves cramming a lot more stuff on each results page.  This is becoming standard operating practice on the Web …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Fifth Ave.  Store Is A Goldmine  —  Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Ave. flagship retail store in New York City is a 24-hour zoo, filled to the brim with tourists, shoppers, potheads, and people just looking to cool off.  And once a year, it's home to what's possible the longest line in America …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bing!  Here Come the TV Ads  —  Steve Ballmer says he “gulped” when he approved the marketing budget for Microsoft's new Bing search engine — it's reportedly in the $100 million range.  Here's where some of that money is going — Microsoft's new TV ads, which begin running today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Emerging World of Real-Time Cellphone Data  —  At ReadWriteWeb we've been following with interest the projects of the MIT SENSEeable City Lab, which is producing some excellent analysis and visualizations of cellphone data in urban centers.  MIT refers to this data as “digital footprints …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft games executive describes origins of Project Natal game controls  —  Microsoft threw one of the biggest curve balls at the E3 video game conference on Monday as it announced a new way to control games through your speech, gestures, and your full body.
Discussion: VG247, GMSV, CNET News, Eurogamer and Cathode Tan
Yahoo! Finance:
NetApp Makes Revised Offer to Acquire Data Domain  —  NetApp (NasdaqGS:NTAP - News) today announced that it has made a revised proposal to acquire Data Domain (NasdaqGS:DDUP - News).  Under the terms of the proposal, a copy of which is attached, NetApp will acquire all of the outstanding shares …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses “Backwards Compatibility” On Paid Link Blocking & PageRank Sculpting  —  Imagine that you fired up your computer and found that a bunch of your programs no longer worked, because behind the scenes, the operating system had been upgraded without any backwards compatibility.
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
PC Touch Screens Move Ahead  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers.  —  For years, companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology that lets people poke icons on a display to accomplish tasks like picking a seat at an airport check-in kiosk.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:kbolgarov
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / TheNextWeb.com:
The Web will be the Death of Google
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia popularity fading among teens: survey
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Dan Goodin / The Register:
40,000 sites hit by PC-pwning hack attack
Christopher Meinck / Everything Pre:
Sprint Stores Selling Palm Touchstone Before Pre Launch
Discussion: Mirror.co.uk and WebOS Arena
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Collins Stewart Upgrades; BMO Capital Ups Target
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Suggest feature makes for some surprising fill-in-the-blanks
Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Microsoft bars Indians from searching for sex
Discussion: Download Squad, eWeek and NEWS.com.au
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Last.fm, CBS: we have not shared any data with anyone
Discussion: digg.com
James Sherwood / The Register:
Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor
Discussion: Gizmodo and GottaBeMobile.com