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6:00 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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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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Electronista:
MS redefines “netbook” to push up Win 7 price
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Register
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Squared is live, and it's a lot of fun... albeit the info presented is far from always being accurate.  Here's how you use it: just enter the name of a group of things, say, I entered comic book character.  Google Squared then calculates for a bit, and presents you with a table of attributes.
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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.
Discussion: Sample the Web
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Digits, VentureBeat and The 463, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Project Natal video hands-on, impressions, and further details
Discussion: I4U News, VG247, Joystiq and techeblog.com
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 …
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: Download Squad
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:
Alice / Danwei:
Chinese websites “under maintenance”  —  The administrators of Chinese websites are putting in a period of inaccessibility on their sites for a period of two to three days starting with the Tnanmen anniversary tomorrow.  —  Fanfou.com, China's knock-off version of Twitter.com …
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.
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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
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.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
Microsoft Introduces Bing Mobile  —  In case you haven't heard about it yet, ‘Bing’ is Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s new search engine.  I know... I hadn't really heard much about it either.  The first I heard about it was via TWiT's podcast last week... and most of the folks there had heard about it, but hadn't used it at all!
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: Silicon Alley Insider and Pulse2
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System  —  The TV guide doesn't know who you are, what your favorite movie genre is, what you've watched in the past, what your mood is, and so on.  Because of that, it is incapable of providing you with any recommendations …
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:kbolgarov
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.
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: ReadWriteStart and TechCrunch
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
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.
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / TheNextWeb.com:
The Web will be the Death of Google  —  There is a famous story about a meeting between Yahoo and Microsoft which took place when Yahoo was still a small start-up.  Yahoo was growing at neck-breaking speed and David Filo and Jerry Yang were invited to Redmond to talk about working together.
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google Goes After Celebrities With iGoogle Showcase  —  Twitter's not the only social platform to have a celebrity fetish.  Google is bringing out its inner obsession with celeb users by launching iGoogle Showcase, which allows you to see and share the homepages of your favorite celebs.
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Al Gore wants to save advertising, too
Discussion: Beet.TV
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen iPhone may add radio tagging, Nike Sport Kit
Discussion: Electronista, MethodShop and TechSpot
Reuters:
BlackBerry maker warns on security vulnerability
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Will Use Moblin Linux Across Its Products
Discussion: Electronista and OStatic blogs
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
eBay Starts Stripping Skype Voice And Chat Buttons From Auction Listings
Discussion: The Deal.com and FierceVoIP
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Possible build from Windows 7 RTM branch leaks
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:downloadsquad
internetnews.com:
Microsoft, Google Cautiously Endorse Privacy Bill
 Earlier Items: 
Jack and Suzy Welch / Business Week:
Why We Tweet  —  We're now big fans of Twitter.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
SanDisk says the iPod won
Discussion: AppleInsider
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Collins Stewart Upgrades; BMO Capital Ups Target
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bing! Here Come the TV Ads
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Hands-on with Wave: Weird and quite wonderful