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4:30 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.
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
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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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
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
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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Races to Keep Ahead of Rivals  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With its coveted gadgets and resurgent stock price, Apple has cast something of a spell on both consumers and investors.  —  At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins here on Monday, Apple executives will try to sustain that magic …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Quantifying the Mobile Apps Revolution
Discussion: Gearlog, Digits and mocoNews
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.
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 …
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 …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Microsoft study debunks profitability of the underground economy  —  Cybercrime, what cybercrime and millions of dollars in profits?!  —  A newly released paper presented by Cormac Herley and Dinei Florencio at this year's Workshop on the Economics of Information Security 2009 entitled …
Bloomberg:
Rubinstein Brings Apple ‘Culture’ to Palm as Pre Debut Challenges IPhone  —  June 5 (Bloomberg) —Jon Rubinstein worked for two years on Palm Inc.'s Pre phone after being lured out of retirement from Apple Inc. Now his reputation and Palm's fortunes are tied to tomorrow's release of the device poised to challenge Apple's popular iPhone.
Discussion: The Apple Core
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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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: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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 …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
News aggregator Loud3r refocuses, raises new funding  —  Loud3r, a startup whose technology compiles news and other online content about specific topics, attempted last year to build a network of niche news sites.  That didn't work out as hoped, but chief executive Lowell Goss says the Pasadena …
Brian Prince / eWeek Security Watch:
Sears Settles FTC Spyware Charges  —  The Sears Holdings Corporation has agreed to settle charges made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging the corporation was not upfront about its use of spyware.  —  According to the FTC's administrative complaint, while Sears told consumers …
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out  —  We all know that Bell is prepping to launch the BlackBerry Tour 9630 sometime in the near future, and now for the first time a document detailing the full specs of the hotly anticipated smartphone has leaked out.
Discussion: I4U News and Newlaunches.com
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capital's Elders Say Think Small  —  Venture capitalists who began investing in the 1960s have seen the industry transform any number of times.  Their advice to today's venture capital firms: think small.  —  In the good old days, venture funds were $100 million at most …
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Measuring Up the Online Video Measurers
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Web-hosting firm Pricewert objects to FTC shutdown
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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Exec: Pre's SDK is Coming Soon
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
In downturns, Internet cos look to sell start-ups
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