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8:05 AM ET, May 30, 2007

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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 …
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.
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".
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
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.
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Microsoft Debuts 'Minority Report'-Like Surface Computer  —  Tabletop PC introduced at 'D: All Things Digital' conference will respond to touch commands from multiple users at once.  — In Pictures: Microsoft's Multi-Touch 'Surface' Table  —  After five years of keeping the project shrouded in secrecy …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface - surface and gesture based computing lands
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Microsoft:
Look What's Surfacing at Microsoft
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   How the 'Milan' table PC was born
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Surface Hits The Ground Running
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Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Surface: The Computer Is Personal Again
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Paul Hochman / MSNBC:   Microsoft unveils revolutionary device
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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Fabian K. / Favourite Diggs:
Howto: Google Maps Street View outside US
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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.
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CBS / 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Foleo and Linux OS for summer is what Hawkins is announcing at D?  —  Woops!  Looks like someone was trigger-happy at Palm and shot out the press release for tomorrow's announcement a little too soon!  Apparently what Jeff Hawkins is going to announce in the morning at D is called the Palm Foleo …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and jkOnTheRun
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
DEATH OF JOURNALISM - BLAME GOOGLE?  NO. ASK GOOGLE TO LEAD?  YES.  —  Thanks to commentor Kimo for pointing me to this SF Gate Op Ed, written by Neil Henry, a former colleague at the Graduate School of Journalism.  —  Snip: … I can't disagree more with what Neil is saying in this first part …
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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.
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 …
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Surprise, Surprise: WiFi Scaremongering Marred By Shoddy Reporting …
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