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8:55 AM ET, June 6, 2009

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Old Friend.  R.I.P. Rajeev Motwani  —  Rajeev Motwani, one of the savviest angel investors in Silicon Valley, a Stanford professor and most importantly a close and personal friend passed away earlier today.  —  It is hard for me to write this post — this morning the news of Steve Jobs' improving health put me in a good mood.
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Sergey Brin / too:
Remembering Rajeev  —  It has been a long time since I have updated this blog.  In fact, I have been doing some research for what I thought would be my next post.  —  Unfortunately, life does not always give you the luxury to plan what may be close to your heart next.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Best Buy memo explains that Vista doesn't work, details Windows 7 upgrade plans  —  Ouch.  We're guessing this is one that the suits at Best Buy would like to have back.  A leaked company memo detailing how the retailer will handle Windows 7 upgrades has accidentally given the world a tasty tidbit to opine upon.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Best Buy memo leaks Windows 7 pricing? …
Discussion: PC World and Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter's Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems)  —  Twitter has captured peoples' imaginations like nothing else on the web in years.  It's growing fast, gets talked about all the time in other media, has fostered a huge developer community and gets used in more ways than anyone could have thought possible.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Marguerite Reardon / Crave:
Sprint CEO says Pre deal is longer than six months  —  NEW YORK—Verizon Wireless's claims that it will be offering the Palm Pre within six months are not accurate, says Sprint Nextel's CEO Dan Hesse.  —  “They need to check their facts,” Hesse said in an interview at a press event here to launch the Palm Pre.
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Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Ranks Of Active VCs Dwindling By Any Measure  —  How big is the U.S. venture industry?  —  The National Venture Capital Association says that in 2008 there were 882 firms that had raised at least one fund in the last eight years, a substantial drop from 2007 when there were 1,019 fitting that definition.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists Fight for Carried Interest
Ginny Mies / PC World:
Palm Pre Apps and Palm's App Catalog: A Closer Look  —  The WebOS's App Catalog is a bit sparse at the moment, but it has a lot of potential.  —  Recommends  —  The Palm Pre might have a slick OS and stylish hardware, but when it comes to apps, it has a long road ahead of it.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Exec: Pre's SDK is Coming Soon
Discussion: all things Pre and Phone Scoop
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
The Mercury News Interview: Sequioa's Michael Moritz on long shots and how he picks companies  —  One of the world's pre-eminent venture capitalists, Michael Moritz of Sequioa Capital, has picked winners like Flextronics, Cisco, Yahoo, PayPal and Google by focusing on small teams or individuals …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Did Bing Leapfrog Yahoo?  Not Exactly  —  We saw the same headline, based on data issued by StatCounter from Thursday.  These data reportedly show that yesterday the share of searches went like this:  — Google: 71.47 percent  — Bing: 16.28 percent  — Yahoo: 10.22 percent
Raman Roy / Wall Street Journal:
India's Tech Industry Must Reinvent Itself  —  Editor's Note: Raman Roy, chairman and managing director of Gurgaon-based Quatrro, is widely regarded as the pioneer of the Indian outsourcing industry.  With more than 16 years in the business, he shares his thoughts on the future and what India needs …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Ditches New Playa Vista Offices  —  A year ago MySpace and Fox Interactive Media were trumpeting an upcoming office move to Playa Vista in Los Angeles.  Peter Levinsohn (former) President of the no longer existing Fox Interactive Media, justified the move to the 300,000 square foot space based on the …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Candy.com Sells For A Sweet $3 Million  —  Just yesterday, we reported how .com domain registrations were starting to turn around again after a lackluster 2008.  Today brings further proof as the domain candy.com has just sold for $3 million to G&J Holdings.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple Gets Pwned, SF Store Is Now Advertising DVD Jon's doubleTwist  —  Apple may be known for its advertising prowess, but this little marketing coup is going to go down as one of the most hilarious ad placements in recent history. doubleTwist, the company co-founded by renowned software …
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Gizmodo and Gawker, Thanks:atul
Derrick Goold / Bird Land:
Tony La Russa and Twitter settle trademark infringement suit  —  ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa's beef with the Tweets has been settled.  —  The St. Louis Cardinals manager said this afternoon that his lawsuit against the San Francisco-based social media site, Twitter.com, has been settled out of court.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Brad Stone / Bits:
Quantifying the Mobile Apps Revolution  —  As Apple gets ready for its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, where it will lay out how it plans to maintain its lead in the simmering battle of smartphone platforms, there is some interesting new data about the use of applications on mobile devices.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, We Know: Online Ads Are Down  —  Noting this just because it feels like the right thing to do: Online ads declined 5% in the first quarter of the year, says an industry trade group.  —  Of course, anyone who's remotely interested in online ads knows that the first 3 months of the year were miserable …
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Sears Settles FTC Spyware Charges
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News aggregator Loud3r refocuses, raises new funding
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Measuring Up the Online Video Measurers
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Web-hosting firm Pricewert objects to FTC shutdown
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out
Discussion: I4U News and Newlaunches.com
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capital's Elders Say Think Small
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
In downturns, Internet cos look to sell start-ups
Discussion: TechFlash
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Get Ready for Pay per Tweet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, 901am and Mashable!
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
La. House backs 15-cent charge on Internet access
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Copyright chief: The Emperor Has No Clothes
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