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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Europe to get Windows 7 sans browser  —  Microsoft plans to remove Internet Explorer from the versions of Windows 7 that it ships in Europe, CNET News has learned.  —  Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European regulators, Microsoft plans to offer a version in Europe that has the browser removed.
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Mscorp / Microsoft On The Issues:
Working to Fulfill our Legal Obligations in Europe for Windows 7  —  Vice President and Deputy General Counsel  —  Earlier today CNET reported that Microsoft had sent a memo to computer manufacturers and retailers about our plans for Windows 7 in Europe.  We're getting quite a few calls on this …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
How Intuit managed to hold off Microsoft  —  The defeat of Microsoft Money at the hands of Intuit's Quicken marks a rare chapter in the annals of software history.  —  Intuit is one of the few companies to take Microsoft head-on on its home turf—packaged software—and come out on top.
Julie Ziegler / Bloomberg:
Zipcar Seeks IPO as Once ‘Wacky’ Car-Sharing Gains  —  Zipcar Inc., the world's largest car-sharing company, is gearing up to publicly sell shares in 2010 as it fends off rivals such as Hertz Global Holdings Inc.  —  The company, which has grown from a single lime-green VW Bug to a fleet of 6,500 autos …
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Gerald Magpily / Dealscape:
Zipcar: ‘no immediate plans to go public’
Discussion: Autopia and DealBook
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Media Brawl Breaks Out Over Zipcar IPO Story (UPDATED)
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
New screenshot gallery shows more polished Snow Leopard  —  A new and extensive screenshot gallery taken from the near feature-complete build of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard distributed at this week's Apple developers conference shows off a more polished operating system nearing its final stretch of development.
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David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
Snow Leopard Takes a Page From the App Store Playbook  —  Apple announced and demonstrated all kinds of things this past Monday at its developers' conference: upgraded laptops, a new iPhone, a new iPhone software suite for all iPhone owners, its new Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” operating system, and so on.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile's Samsung Bigfoot  —  One of our trusty ninjas just hit us up with the above photo of Samsung's Bigfoot Android device slated to hit T-Mobile USA this summer.  We've been told it will rock a 3 megapixel camera, be a UMTS/HSDPA device, and sport a 3.0″ capacitive AMOLED touch screen display.
Chris Savarese / AOL Corporate:
AOL Acquires Two Local Services, Patch and Going  —  Acquisitions Add to AOL's Leading Network of Local Services with a Community-Specific News and Information Platform and a Local Event Platform  —  AOL today announced two acquisitions in the local space: Patch Media Corporation, http …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Yahoo Picks Semiconductor Executive As CFO  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has once again gone outside the company and the internet sector to find a top executive—naming Altera Corp. CFO Timothy Morse to be its new chief financial officer.  The announcement concludes a lengthy search to replace departing CFO Blake Jorgensen.
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Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Dell hoarding $10 billion, rumored to be making big acquisition (maybe Palm?)  —  The Wall Street Journal reports that expectations are growing that Dell is about to make a major splash with a corporate acquisition.  —  While the smart money seems to be on Dell wanting to …
Tom Vanderbilt / New York Times:
Data Center Overload  —  It began with an Xbox game.  —  On a recent rainy evening in Brooklyn, I was at a friend's house playing (a bit sheepishly, given my incipient middle age) Call of Duty: World at War.  Scrolling through the game's menus, I noticed a screen for Xbox Live …
Frank Ohlhorst / PC World:
Will Microsoft's Free Antivirus App be Worth the Price?  —  Microsoft is getting ready to offer Windows users a free antivirus product (code name Morro), something it should have built into one of its operating systems a long time ago.  But, of course, Microsoft never makes things simple.
Discussion: Reuters, Profy, The Tech Report and TechVi
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Palm Pre is good, but it's no iPhone  —  Nearly a week with a Palm Pre cellphone, and I've only placed a couple of calls.  I've been too busy taking photos, reading the news, listening to music, playing games, watching videos, and reading the instructions.  —  That's a major weakness of Palm Inc.'s much-anticipated new gadget.
Discussion: MacDailyNews and WebOS Arena
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning Strike Triggers Amazon EC2 Outage  —  Some customers of Amazon's EC2 cloud computing service were offline for more than four hours Wednesday night after an electrical storm damaged power equipment at one of the company's data centers.  The problems began at about 6:30 pm Pacific time …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Palm  —  Palm (PALM Quote) is apparently preparing Pixie, a lower-priced follow-up to its popular Pre phone.  —  The new phone is expected to be a candybar-shaped touchscreen device that would sell for $99, and it's aimed directly at the cheaper Apple (AAPL Quote) iPhone.
Discussion: Macsimum News
Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Where and When You Can Get the iPhone 3G S  —  The line starts here: Both Apple and AT&T have announced details on where, when, and how to get a shiny new iPhone 3G S, when the device starts shipping on June 19.  —  AT&T stores will open at 7am on June 19, and the carrier is already taking pre-orders …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
YouTube Adds Facebook Connect  —  Talk about a big fish ... today YouTube announced that they are now supporting Facebook Connect.  While there was a previous YouTube campaign which integrated Facebook Connect, this is the first official implementation.  In a blog post on the Facebook developer blog …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google Native Client grows out of research phase  —  Satisfied that its security underpinnings are solid, Google has promoted its open-source Native Client technology to accelerate Web applications out of its research phase and is taking steps to build it into the Chrome Web browser.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
MediaPost:
‘Twitter’ Makes AP Stylebook  —  Grammarians and journos take note: Twitter has made it as an entry in the 2009 edition the Associated Press Stylebook, which is, of course, the gold standard for many newspapers and online publications (such as the one you are reading — telling us to do such things …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us and Pat's Papers
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A New List of How Much AT&T Knows About You  —  These days AT&T knows a great deal about its customers: who they call, where they travel, what they watch on TV, what sites they visit on the Web.  It has taken a new shot at explaining to them what information it collects and why in a new privacy policy that it posted Thursday morning.
Discussion: AT&T, VentureBeat and mocoNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Vanity URLs: Journalists Don't Have To Wait In Line  —  Friday night is the Facebook vanity URL landrush (first reported on May 31, announced yesterday officially).  At 9:01 pm PST on Friday, just log into Facebook and grab the name you want before someone else does.
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
SquareSpace isn't giving away new iPhones, exactly  —  Web publishing providers SquareSpace are giving away 30 new iPhone 3GSs over a period of 30 days on Twitter ... or are they?  If you read the fine print — and SquareSpace's FAQ for the contest, you'll see that what they're actually giving away is a $199 Apple gift certificate.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Engadget, Mashable! and TUAW
Sysomos:
Inside Twitter  —  An In-Depth Look Inside the Twitter World  —  Alex Cheng, Mark Evans, and Harshdeep Singh  —  → Appendix for reference with complete list of graphs  —  Over the past few months, Twitter has experienced explosive growth, attracting celebrity users such as Oprah …
Discussion: Mark Evans, TechCrunch and Twitterrati
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Archos launch 9" Windows 7 Tablet UMPC  —  [This post is updating with info from the live press conference.  There's a live discussion going on from the event here.  Thanks to @charbax and ArchosFans for the live feed.  Charbax will be posting video from the event and archosfans.com later.]
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google recaptures $761 from Facebook nemesis  —  If you badmouth us, we'll play hardball  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  After it was successfully sued in small claims court by a man who says he invented Facebook, Google has appealed the decision, returned to court …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Stephen Baker / Business Week:
A Bull Market in Social Entrepreneurs  —  Amid a woeful jobs market, Stanford grads are starting their own companies, many of them with hopes of changing the world  —  For graduating students at Stanford University, it's all too clear that the economy's in the tank.
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
The many ways to access Wolfram Alpha  —  Say what you will about Wolfram Alpha, the creators are hard at work trying to drum up interest in the site.  —  On Tuesday, the WA crew launched a number of updates to its service, some of which I tested.  Now the team's Thursday blog points you to the many …
Discussion: Macworld and Wolfram
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Redpoint Ventures Doubles Down On Answers Corp.  —  VC firm Redpoint Ventures has exercised its option to purchase $7 million in additional convertible preferred stock in Answers Corp., which runs Answers.com and WikiAnswers.com (NSDQ: ANSW).  Redpoint was already Answers' largest investor, according to a release.
 
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Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Ex-government cyber official, exec mulled for czar job
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Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Last.fm founders look to work together on new internet start-up
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Cable group turns net neutrality around over ISP access fees
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Interop Pays Off for Microsoft, Novell
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Liza Porteus Viana / Intellectual Property Watch:
Copyright Holders Acknowledge Losing Battle For Public Consciousness …
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Rhee So-eui / Reuters:
LG keeps mobile mkt share goal; eyes No.2 spot by '12
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