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6:45 AM ET, May 30, 2007

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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing!  —  About a year ago I gave a presentation to a group of journalists about gadgets of the future and showed a video about a theoretical multi-touch computing system.  When asked when we would see something like that in the wild, I optimistically ballparked 5-7 years.
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Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Microsoft Surface: Behind-the-Scenes First Look (with Video)  —  The software giant will announce at the D5 conference today that it's built a new touchscreen computer—a coffee table that will change the world.  Go inside its top-secret development with PopularMechanics.com …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft hopes 'Milan' table PC has magic touch  —  At first glance, Microsoft's secret project looks like a 2007 version of the sit-down arcade game Ms. Pac Man.  Only if this machine were running the game, you could just take your finger and flick away any monsters chasing the heroine.
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Announces Surface Computer  —  At the D: All Things Digital conference Wednesday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will unveil Microsoft Surface, the first in a new category of surface computing products from Microsoft that will "break down traditional barriers between people and technology".
Microsoft:
Microsoft Launches New Product Category: Surface Computing Comes to Life in Restaurants, Hotels, Retail Locations and Casino Resorts  —  First commercially available surface computer from Microsoft breaks down barriers and provides effortless interaction with information using touch, natural gestures and physical objects.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Ahh, the PlayTable, er Surface Computing, how it works...  Andy Wilson.  Remember the guy I introduced you to at Microsoft Research?  —  Funny, he was at the Maker Faire last weekend talking to everyone and showing off his latest thing.  He builds demos for Bill Gates and he was the one who first showed me the PlayTable.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
How the 'Milan' table PC was born  —  The notion of a table-like computer had garnered interest within Microsoft since at least 2001, but it wasn't until industrial designer Allan Han went to Ikea in January 2003 that the effort really kicked into high gear.
Microsoft:
Look What's Surfacing at Microsoft
Discussion: ITWire and paidContent.org
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface - surface and gesture based computing lands
Discussion: creativebits
Paul Hochman / MSNBC:   Microsoft unveils revolutionary device
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Surface Hits The Ground Running
Discussion: last100
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Surface: The Computer Is Personal Again
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Microsoft Debuts 'Minority Report'-Like Surface Computer
Discussion: Techdirt and Tech Trader Daily
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Maps takes it to the streets  —  update SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google launched a new feature on its mapping service on Tuesday that allows people to see panoramic views of streets and buildings.  —  Google Maps now offers a 360-degree view of many streets in the San Francisco Bay Area …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Where 2.0: Google Launches Streetside View with Tech from ImmersiveMedia  —  This morning Google gave their 2D maps an incredible realworld addition.  Its a street-view, that in certain cities, will let you get a street side view of the area you are currently in.  This is not just a static, A9-style image.
Fabian K. / Favourite Diggs:
Howto: Google Maps Street View outside US
Discussion: franticindustries and digg
Neil Henry / San Francisco Chronicle:
The decline of news  —  The Chronicle's announcement earlier this month that 100 newsroom jobs will be slashed in the coming weeks in the face of mounting financial woes represents just the latest chapter in a tragic story of traditional journalism's decline.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Should Google Subsidize Journalism?
Palm - About Palm, Inc.:
Palm to Announce New Mobile Device on May 30  —  News Media, Industry and Financial Analysts Invited to Live Video Webcast  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 29, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM), will host a live video webcast on Wed., May 30, to describe a new category of mobile device.
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe's ColdFusion warms to .Net  —  (InfoWorld) - Adobe's ColdFusion software for building Internet applications and Web sites is being improved with Microsoft .Net support, enabling .Net objects to be invoked from within the ColdFusion language.  —  A public beta of ColdFusion 8, accessible here, is to be offered on Wednesday.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Major League Baseball throws high hard one at Slingbox over placeshifting  —  Like other professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball is jealous of its content.  The latest company to come under its scrutiny is Sling Media, makers of the Slingbox television place-shifting device.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
The D Bag(s) O' Schwag  —  Time for my second annual report (and disclosure statement) on what my colleagues at the Wall Street Journal are giving out to the attendees at the D: All Things Digital conference at the Four Seasons Avaia Resort in Carlsbad, California.
CNNMoney.com:
Qualcomm found to infringe Broadcom patents  —  Jury rules against cellphone chipmaker on three patents, awards $19.6 million in damages.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A federal jury awarded the cellphone chipmaker Broadcom Corp. $19.6 million in damages after it found rival Qualcomm guilty …
Discussion: RSS and GigaLaw.com Daily News
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.
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mashable!
 
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isen.blog:
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Torley Linden / Official Linden Blog:
WindLight First Look viewer released!