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6:50 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.
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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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.
Discussion: Edible Apple and Mobility Today
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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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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: Engadget and PalmAddicts
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AdMob To Launch new iPhone Ad Units
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Fred / A VC:
Is Twitter A Substitute For Set Top Box Data?
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