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8:10 PM ET, May 30, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs live from D 2007  —  Steve Jobs is up here in just a few, everybody.  It looks like we can probably prepare ourselves for an update on the iTunes shift to no-DRM, the status of the iPhone, and whatever else is on El Jobso's mind.  It's all on Mossberg, so hopefully he'll drill down deep to the topics we hold near and dear.
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Teresa Brewer / Apple:
YouTube Coming to Apple TV  —  CUPERTINO, California-May, 30, 2007-Apple® today announced that it's bringing the Internet's most popular originally-created content from YouTube to the living room with Apple TV™.  Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV will wirelessly stream videos directly …
Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Plus  —  Higher Quality DRM-Free Tracks Now Available on the iTunes Store Worldwide  —  Apple® today launched iTunes® Plus—DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings …
Brent Schlender / Fortune:
The trouble with Apple TV  —  Steve Jobs' latest is a dud - and that speaks volumes, says Fortune's Brent Schlender.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Let's pause for a moment amid the worshipful buzz before the launch of Apple's iPhone in June to consider the heretical notion that Steve Jobs might be promising more than he can deliver.
Business Wire:
Palm Advances Mobile Computing with Its First Mobile Companion Product  —  Foleo Mobile Companion Brings Large Screen and Full-size Keyboard to Smartphones  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Building on its vision that the future of personal computing is mobile computing, Palm, Inc. …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Palm officially out of ideas, debuts 1990s palmtop concept  —  Continuing its transition from PDA maker to who knows what, Palm today announced the Foleo, a mobile companion designed to work in tandem with a Treo smartphone.  The Foleo pairs with a Treo and allows the user to open attachments, files, and e-mails from a smartphone.
Marcus Adolfsson / TreoCentral:
Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?  —  According to a RSS news feed from Palm, their mystery "3rd category" device is a compact smartphone companion product named Foleo that let's you view and edit emails using a large screen and fullsize keyboard.
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Stick A Fork In Palm
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:
Why the Foleo Could Mean the End of Palm
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Liveblogging D: Jeff Hawkins Unveils the Foleo
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Google releases open source toolkit for offline web apps.  —  Google joins the group of companies trying solve the offline web application problem with Google Gears.  Released as an developer oriented open source technology, under a BSD license, as a new browser extension.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google Gears Lets Developers Take Apps Offline
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Google brings developers offline with "Gears"; new offline Reader
BBC:
Music site Last.fm bought by CBS  —  Social music site Last.fm has been bought by US media giant CBS Corporation for $280m (£140m), the largest-ever UK Web 2.0 acquisition.  —  The online network was founded in the UK five years ago and it now has more than 15 million active users.
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Joseph Menn / Los Angeles Times:
CBS to buy social network  —  It is expected to pay $280 million for the Last.fm site, which caters to music fans.  —  CBS Corp. is buying a popular social-networking website organized around musical tastes for $280 million, combining a traditional broadcast giant with an early leader in online radio.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Tip: Don't Torrent That Song...  Sure, you can now download music from the iTunes store without DRM but that doesn't mean you should just willy nilly start sharing that music with your friends.  For one thing, it's illegal.  For another, your account information is embedded into that m4a music file.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too  —  With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information.  Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Krishwords
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Plus and EMI's DRM-free music hands-on
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Launches With Human-Crafted Search Results  —  Mahalo, the expected people-powered search engine backed by Jason Calacanis, has now gone live in an early "Alpha" test release.  In Mahalo, human editors have crafted shows up in the top search results for popular queries.
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Adario Strange / Epicenter:
The Human Search Engine: 'Project X' Is Mahalo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Launches Mahalo Today: Human Powered Search
Discussion: Webware.com
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
A Remote Vulnerability in Firefox Extensions  —  See a demo of the attack against Google Browser Sync: (12MB Quicktime).  —  Executive Summary  —  A vulnerability exists in the upgrade mechanism used by a number of high profile Firefox extensions.  These include Google Toolbar …
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
A New Vector For Hackers — Firefox Add-Ons
Discussion: TechBlog
Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay to announce StumbleUpon buy today  —  Update: So, it's official, eBay has bought StumbleUpon for $75 million.  Here's the release.  —  eBay, the San Jose, Calif.-based auction giant is likely to announce its acquisition of Stumble Upon after the close to markets today, according to informed sources.
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Business Wire:
eBay Acquires StumbleUpon
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google Maps is spying on my cat, says freaked out BB reader  —  BoingBoing reader Mary Kalin-Casey says, … Link.  Dang, it's so detailed, I can even see he's a tabby!  —  Reader comment: Rich Gibson warns us of the global threat of "delusional cat fanciers," and their dastardly luddite cartel:
Zod Nazem / Yodel Anecdotal:
Eleven years, 12,000 Yahoos, and one great ride  —  After spending the last 26 years in this fast-paced technology industry, I've finally decided it's time to slow down.  I'll be retiring in early June.  After joining tiny little start-ups like Oracle and then Yahoo!, I never imagined things would take off the way they have.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again  —  For more than two decades, the dream of controlling a computer with a pen has seduced and, more often than not, frustrated some of the biggest luminaries in the technology pantheon, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
Discussion: last100, Engadget and Tech_Space
Jessica Guynn / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social networking meets social change  —  Even in a city that has seen it all, in an industry that has invented it all, the experiment taking place on a busy San Francisco sidewalk turned heads.  —  Two weeks ago, a group of young Internet entrepreneurs wheeled a metal table and a leather chair onto a patch of Market Street.
 
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Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter, Esq.:
Sports Leagues' Slingbox Opposition Highlights New Game of Content Control
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BBC:
Tiscali e-mail 'hit' by spammers
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Microsoft unveils table computer
Discussion: Popular Mechanics
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
AT&T Says Expectations for Apple IPhone Are `Too Low' (Update2)
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Bungie: Graphical Improvements Coming to Halo 3
Ryan Singel / Wired News:
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