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2:50 PM ET, June 6, 2009


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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Goodbye Old Friend.  R.I.P. Rajeev Motwani  —  Updated: 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.  He was 45 and is left behind by his wife Asha and kids.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley Grieves Rajeev Motwani's Passing  —  The news of Professor Rajeev Motwani's untimely death on Friday afternoon spread quickly throughout the couple of hundred attendees of tonight's TechFellow event in San Francisco.  The mood of the event turned from cheerful cocktail sipping banter to stunned silence.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker named to Homeland Security Advisory Council  —  Jeff Moss, founder of the Black Hat and Defcon hacker and security conferences, was among 16 people sworn in on Friday to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.  —  The HSAC members will provide recommendations and advice directly …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
On Twitter, Most People Are Sheep: 80 Percent Of Accounts Have Fewer Than 10 Followers  —  Let's face it, most people are sheep.  It is much easier to follow than to lead, and on Twitter it is no different.  A full 80 percent of Twitter accounts have fewer than 10 followers …
Discussion: Internet Evolution
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: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo, PalmAddicts, Gawker and, Thanks:atul
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft Store officially confirms Windows 7 boxart  —  It appears the Polish website,, who a month ago leaked images of what was believed the be the Windows 7 packaging design and box art is more credible than I thought.  Shortly after I wrongfully dismissed their claims …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Palm Pre goes on sale nationwide, line forms on the right  —  Oh, hey, look at that: you can buy a Pre now!  As of 8:00AM on the East Coast, the phone went on sale at Sprint stores, with Best Buy, Radio Shack and Wal-Mart also retailing the phone today as Saturday dawns across the country.
Michael Crandell / GigaOM:
You Say You Want a Cloud Revolution  —  Take yourself back for a moment to 1990, to the era of dueling operating systems: OS/2 and Windows.  At the time, many people still used MS-DOS, and Windows was new (and klunky).  Microsoft had cooperated with IBM to create OS/2 to overcome the limitations …
Discussion: CNET News
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: Beet.TV, PalmAddicts and Seeking Alpha
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 …
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