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9:00 AM ET, June 4, 2009

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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.
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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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Palm Pre, Elegant Contender  —  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.
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Pre could pilot Palm to smartphone glory again  —  The most-lusted-after pocket computer in months is about to go on sale — and it's not even an iPhone.  On Saturday, Palm (PALM) and Sprint (S) start selling the Palm Pre, a smartphone that stacks up well against Apple's blockbuster device, and in some ways even surpasses it.
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Square your search results with Google Squared  —  Some information is easy to find.  If you want to learn the rules of golf, you can search Google for [golf rules] and we'll return a list of relevant web sites right at the top.  But not all your information needs are that simple.
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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.
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: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Arn / MacRumors:
Mossberg Also Believes a Faster iPhone is Imminent  —  Engadget points to comments by technology reporter Walt Mossberg as evidence that the new iPhone is indeed imminent.  Mossberg posted a new review for the Palm Pre in which he acknowledges that Apple is poised to announce a new iPhone at WWDC.
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Engadget and PalmAddicts
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway To Focus On “Real Time Data” Startups: 40-50 New Investments In Next 18 Months  —  Heavy hitting angel investor Ron Conway, who's been called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” by Gary Rivlin, is now focusing most of his investment attention on “real-time data,” …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RedGage: A blogger's road to riches on the Internet?  —  A new site called RedGage is opening up today to bloggers, photographers, and videomakers, saying it can help them make money from the content they create.  The Hollywood, Fla.-based startups pulls in a user's activity from sites like Blogger …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Dave Eggers Reassures Us That Print Lives, Via Email  —  Last month, San Franciscan literary figure Dave Eggers promised to personally email anyone who feared that print is dead, and cheer them up.  He's done it!  Here's your full Dave Eggers ‘Print Lives’ Reassurance Email:
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Sarah Lacy's New Chapter On Twitter From Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good Paperback Version  —  Last year Sarah Lacy's (now a TechCrunch editor) book, Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good came out in hardcover.  Here's an interview we did with Lacy about the book in May 2008.
Thanks:atul
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 Softpedia News
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 …
Joe Wilcox:
First Bing Ad Bombs, Others Are The Bomb  —  Commentary.  Microsoft's first Bing TV spot is scary.  It's designed to scare the crap out of you.  Every bad thing going on now is because of bad search.  The doom and gloom reminds me of the TV commercial from Christmas comedy “Scrooged” (see first clip below).
Discussion: Geek In Disguise and LiveSide
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Critics Rip Proposed Obama Pick from Google  —  As rumors swirl that President Obama plans to appoint Google Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs Andrew McLaughlin as White House deputy CTO, consumer watchdogs bay over possible ethics violations.
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Amy Schatz / Digits:
Ex-Googler's New White House Job Rankles Some
Discussion: paidContent.org and MediaFile
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 …
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
Guardian:
US and UK prepare fightback against eastern hackers  —  Hackers are being targeted for attack by US and UK security authorities eager to launch a cyber counteroffensive to kick them off the net  —  Hackers who attack defence or commercial computers in the US and UK in future may be in for a surprise …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson launches new GreenHeart™ products with focus on sustainable innovation  —  CO⊃2; footprint of GreenHeart pioneer phones reduced by 15%:  —  Sony Ericsson today unveiled two new GreenHeart™ pioneer products underpinning its ongoing commitment to taking a lead …
Martin Heller / Martin Heller's blog:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 highlights  —  VS2010 Beta 1 promises a worthy upgrade to the premier IDE for .Net development, but some key pieces are still missing  —  The first thing you'll notice about Visual Studio 2010 is the revamped user interface, which is based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) instead of Windows Forms.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
AMD Demos Microsoft DirectX 11 Graphics Chip  —  The technology enables games developers to create smoother, less blocky, and more organic looking objects.  —  Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday demonstrated what it said is the first graphics processor to run Microsoft DirectX 11 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Still Going Strong, But Growth Is Dropping Off Sharply  —  There's no question that Hulu has firmly established itself as one of the dominant video sites on the web.  But its incredible growth seems to be dropping off, and quickly.  Between January and February of this year …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Differences in Google Image Results for Tiananmen Square Protests  —  The first page of the around 44,000 results for tiananmen massacre on the international Chinese version at Google.com:  —  The 11 results in China on Google.cn for the same query, along with a censorship notice at the bottom:
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Molyneux promoted to creative director of Microsoft Game Studios
Discussion: VG247, Eurogamer and Joystiq
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
At Last: thinking outside the jewel case
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did No One At eMusic Think About PR Impact Of Raising Prices …
Discussion: hypebot
Fred / A VC:
Is Twitter A Substitute For Set Top Box Data?
Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Can Comscore stop ticking publishers off?
Discussion: Softpedia News
Derrick Goold / Bird Land:
Tony La Russa suing Twitter for trademark infringement
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tweetree Puts Actual Shared Content In Your Twitter Stream
Thanks:cwalcott
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Will Use Moblin Linux Across Its Products
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Tax Would Move Microsoft Jobs Offshore
Discussion: Pulse2 and Silicon Alley Insider
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Possible build from Windows 7 RTM branch leaks
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Soon, you'll have to pay for Hulu
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Exclusive: Discussing the Future of Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Thanks:atul
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Nation's C.T.O. Lays Out His Priorities
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0, VentureBeat and The 463, Thanks:atul
 

 
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