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11:55 AM ET, May 19, 2007

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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Dell Latitude Tablet PC spotted on Dell's blog  —  Let the rumors subside: Dell will indeed have a Tablet PC this year and you can see it showcased in a short video right on the Direct2Dell blog!  My first impressions: this looks light and very thin, possibly the thinnest convertible yet!
Discussion: Newsome.Org and TechSpot News
Charles Onyett / IGN:
Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Begins  —  Updates directly from the show floor. … 4:07 - Just uploaded first ever screens of StarCraft 2.  Enjoy.  —  3:50 - Blizzard has not yet announced a release date for StarCraft 2.  —  3:44 - Had to run out of conference room to plug in laptop …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
The psychology of banner ads  —  A quick test: how many of you can name the product being advertised in the banner ad at the top of the page?  Chances are, the ad's presence didn't even register with most seasoned web browsers.  But that's probably okay, at least according to research …
Discussion: journals.uchicago.edu
Nokia:
Nokia 3109 classic offers affordable, straightforward functionality  —  Nokia today announced the new Nokia 3109 classic, a mobile phone that offers a productive feature set, long battery life and expandable memory for effective, reliable and distraction free communication.
Ryan Stewart:
I'm Joining Adobe  —  Big news for me today.  I'm joining Adobe as a Rich Internet Application Evangelist on the Platform Team.  One of the things I get a lot of feedback on is that everyone appreciates me being "neutral" and covering all angles of the rich internet application space.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Cyber Assaults on Estonia Typify a New Battle Tactic  —  This small Baltic country, one of the most wired societies in Europe, has been subject in recent weeks to massive and coordinated cyber attacks on Web sites of the government, banks, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers …
Discussion: New York Times
Andrea James / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
P-I has no immediate plans for bendable 'e-paper'  —  Someday, Seattle P-I readers may be able to carry around their news in a bendable, electronic paper device — but not any time soon.  —  Hearst Corp., which owns the Seattle P-I, has no plans to use the Seattle daily newspaper to test …
Reuters:
BitTorrent user loses appeal in movie piracy case  —  A Hong Kong man, believed to be the first person convicted of downloading pirated movies using BitTorrent file-sharing technology, lost his appeal on Friday in the territory's highest court.  —  Chan Nai-ming, who used the alias "Big Crook" …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Governments using filters to censor Internet, survey finds  —  PARIS: With the aid of sophisticated software, government censorship of the Internet is spreading into a global phenomenon, with tech-savvy governments filtering forbidden themes from politics and human rights to sexuality and religion …
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Madhouse rolls out European marketing campaign for launch of Toyota iPOD kit  —  Toyota Motor Marketing Europe has appointed Madhouse Associates to develop a European marketing campaign to support the launch of its new iPod Integration Kit in summer 2007.  —  Although already …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Ars Technica
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Quantifying Microsoft's biggest purchase ever  —  Aquantive who?  The company Microsoft is acquiring for its highest purchase price ever may not even register on the radar of most consumers.  —  But it's a well-known entity in the online advertising industry and can give Microsoft some much-needed …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Get Your Own Theme at Method Music  —  If you're a "Family Guy" fan like me, you might remember the episode where Peter finds a genie in a lamp and wishes for his own theme music.  Well, a new website backed by the legendary frontman of the rock group "The Who", Pete Townshend …
Discussion: 606Tech
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Licenses Technology for 3D Maps  —  Google has licensed technology that will enable Google to map out 3-D versions of cities world wide.  —  According to a Mercury News report, the technology was developed by a team of Stanford University students and was used to run a robotic car that won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Johnmont / A View from Elsewhere:
Why I Think Popfly is Cool  —  No product is complete without a top-ten list of cool features, so here's mine for Popfly.  — It's easy to get.  All you really need is Firefox 2 or IE 6 or 7.  Oh, and Silverlight, but that's pretty easy to get.  — It's easy to use.
Discussion: cubicgarden.com and TechCrunch
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LG Electronics to cut PDP production
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Origami 2.0 to be thinner, smaller, and (maybe) less expensive
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Netflix Sued For Violating Antitrust Law With Its Patents
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Joost's Deal Plans Hidden in PDF Presentation