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7:25 PM ET, June 3, 2009

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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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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
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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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 and Sample the Web
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.
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 …
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: VentureBeat and The 463, Thanks:atul
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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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!
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: Obsessable and paidContent.org, Thanks:kbolgarov
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
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 …
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
Jonathan B. Cox / The Charlotte Observer:
Apple to build computer data center in North Carolina  —  Apple will come to North Carolina, investing $1 billion in a computer data center over nine years.  —  Gov. Beverly Perdue announced the expansion this afternoon after signing legislation that will cut the California company's tax bill …
Jack and Suzy Welch / Business Week:
Why We Tweet  —  We're now big fans of Twitter.  To those with eyebrows aloft, here's how it happened  —  You know you're doing something strange and new—or at least new—when every time you're at a social gathering, the activity comes up and the barbs come out.  “Why do you waste your time with such nonsense?” people ask.
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Al Gore wants to save advertising, too  —  NEW YORK—According to former Vice President Al Gore, the importance of sustainability doesn't just apply to the environment.  It also is key to the future of advertising.  —  “It really comes out of the environment, but in my opinion the key theme …
Discussion: Beet.TV
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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Gore Backs ICANN On Eve Of Hearing
Discussion: CircleID and Domain Name Wire
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
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
BitTorrent users spend money, too
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