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12:10 PM ET, May 30, 2007

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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.
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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.
Reuters:
CBS buys online music network Last.fm  —  LONDON (Reuters) - CBS Corp said on Wednesday it had paid $280 million in cash for the popular music social network service Last.fm.  —  CBS said in a statement the online service had more than 15 million active users in more than 200 countries …
Richard Jones / Last.fm:
Last.fm Acquired By CBS  —  Today, Last.fm was acquired by CBS, a company who had the first commercial radio station in the US, ran a record label (CBS Records), and amongst other things are responsible for several respected TV series (CBS on Wikipedia).  —  The team here have spent a lot …
Fred / A VC:
CBS Buys Last.fm  —  I just did a search on my blog for the term "last.fm".  I've used that term so many times that there are 16 pages of search results and that's just for my blog posts.  Clearly I've been obsessed by this service from the day I started using it in the fall of 2005.
Discussion: alarm:clock
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WOW: CBS Acquires Last.fm for $280 Million
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 …
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".
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Microsoft Debuts 'Minority Report'-Like Surface Computer
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Techdirt and last100
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Touch Screen in a Table Is the Latest Wrinkle in Computers
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft Unveils New Surface Computer
Discussion: Michael Gartenberg
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:   Microsoft Surface brings computing to the table
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   How the 'Milan' table PC was born
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iTunes 7.2, Launches iTunes Plus (DRM Free) [Now Available]  —  Apple released iTunes 7.2 updated in the Mac OS X Software Update tonight, which offers support for "iTunes Plus", Apple's new DRM-free $1.29 offerings announced in April.  —  With iTunes 7.2, preview …
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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 …
Discussion: Engadget, Apple 2.0 and Gadgetell
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.
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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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Palm Foleo and Linux OS for summer is what Hawkins is announcing at D?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and jkOnTheRun
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LiveScribe lets the paper do the talking, and thinking
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Take Note: Computing Takes Up Pen, Again
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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In defense of Twitter  —  Editor's note: CNET News.com …
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