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1:35 PM ET, June 7, 2009


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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Is this the new iPhone?  —  Sure, it's Palm's big day, but that doesn't mean the Apple rumor mill is taking a break — check out this pic of what might be the new iPhone set to drop on Monday.  Yep, that's a matte black casing with no chrome border, a what looks to be a front-facing camera …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Not Playing Ball  —  Impersonation violates Twitter's Terms of Service and we take the issue seriously.  We suspend, delete, or transfer control of accounts known to be impersonation.  When alerted, we took action in this regard on behalf of St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facing A Lawsuit And Complaints From Celebs, Twitter Launches Verified Accounts
Discussion: Black Web 2.0
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.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Palm Pre Sells Out at Many Stores as Customers Line Up for Thin Inventory  —  Palm Inc.'s Pre sold out within hours at some stores after Sprint Nextel Corp. released the touch- screen phone yesterday, as pent up demand from months of waiting met with limited supplies.
Discussion: mocoNews and
Douglas Quenqua / New York Times:
Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest  —  “HI, I'm Judy Nichols.  Welcome to my rant.”  —  Thus was born Rantings of a Crazed Soccer Mom, the blog of a stay-at-home mother and murder-mystery writer from Wilmington, N.C. Mrs. Nichols, 52, put up her first post in late 2004 …
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Get the Tech Scuttlebutt!  (It Might Even Be True.)  —  AT 2:56 in the morning on May 5, a headline flashed on Gawker, the New York gossip site that also carries a smattering of Silicon Valley buzz.  It was tentative in its phrasing: “Could Apple Buy Twitter?”
Discussion: deal architect
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scan Your Books And Search Them On Google  —  One of the most useful, if often-overlooked, features of Google Book Search is the ability to enter your own books and create a personal library which you can then search if Google has scanned those books.  (And chances are it probably has).
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Twitter's Real Time Spam Problem  —  And so real-time search begets real-time spam.  We knew this would happen, but it's annoying and becoming a growing problem.  Question is, will Twitter do anything about it, beginning with removing its “Trends” feature?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ouch  —  So.  —  The Gillmor Gang was today.  We started things off with a nice talk about Rajeev Motwani and his contributions to the community.  That was nice.  —  Then Leo Laporte started talking about the Palm Pre, which launches today.  That part of the show …
Jon / p2pnet:
Pirate Party could win 2 seats in EU election  —  Politics:-Sweden's Pirate Party is continuing to gain ground, bringing it even closer to gaining not one, but two seats in the EU parliamentary elections.  —  “According to the latest poll by the Sifo, the results of which are published …
Dan / Xark!:
The newspaper suicide pact  —  Primarily written Friday night at O'Hare International.  Lightly edited, with links added today. —dc  —  I think I'll remember last week as the moment when I finally knew, with a certainty approaching fatigue, that the newspaper industry …
Richard Swinburne /
Microsoft bans netbooks with hybrid storage  —  COMPUTEX 2009: Microsoft has banned netbook manufacturers from making hybrid storage netbooks: those with both SSD and hard drives when using Windows XP Home, bit-tech has learnt.  —  It seems Redmond gets in quite a fluff with regards …
Discussion: Engadget, Netbook Choice and Liliputing
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.
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