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10:20 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 …
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.
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, CNET News.com and parislemon
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Shape of Computers to Come?  —  The Latest Products Seek  —  To Explore New Forms, Uses  —  It's time for computer designers to think outside the box.  From Microsoft Corp. to Silicon Valley start-ups, technology companies are introducing computers with fundamentally new forms.
Discussion: Screenwerk and BloggingStocks
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:   Microsoft Surface brings computing to the table
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   How the 'Milan' table PC was born
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface - surface and gesture based computing lands
Discussion: creativebits
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Microsoft Debuts 'Minority Report'-Like Surface Computer
Discussion: Techdirt, Steve Clayton and last100
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LiveScribe lets the paper do the talking, and thinking
Discussion: Gizmodo
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Microsoft Surface Hits The Ground Running
Discussion: GracefulFlavor
Microsoft:
Look What's Surfacing at Microsoft
Discussion: ITWire and paidContent.org
Paul Hochman / MSNBC:   Microsoft unveils revolutionary device
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Microsoft Surface: The Computer Is Personal Again
Discussion: istartedsomething
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.
Reuters:
CBS tunes in Last.fm  —  $280 million deal for online music network brings 15 million active users to audience-hungry media company.  —  LONDON (Reuters) — CBS Corp said on Wednesday it had paid $280 million in cash for the popular music social network service Last.fm.
Discussion: CrunchGear and alarm:clock euro
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WOW: CBS Acquires Last.fm for $280 Million
Discussion: Sharpshoot, 901am and Vecosys
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: Guardian Unlimited and jkOnTheRun
Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Announces iTunes U on the iTunes Store  —  Free Content From Top Universities Now Available  —  Apple® today announced the launch of iTunes® U, a dedicated area within the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) featuring free content such as course lectures, language lessons …
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Derick Mains / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Plus
Discussion: Engadget
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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