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6:25 PM ET, May 30, 2007

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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.
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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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  —  Palm had done its best to whip up a frenzy leading up to today's announcement from founder Jeff Hawkins about some new mystery product.  Well, it's here, and despite Hawkins' proclamation that it's "the most exciting product" he's ever worked on, the Foleo "smartphone companion" isn't exactly overwhelming.
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
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.
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
Discussion: alarm:clock
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Plus and EMI's DRM-free music hands-on
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too
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  —  Makers of some of the most popular extensions, or "add-ons," for Mozilla's Firefox Web browser may have inadvertently introduced security holes that criminals could use to steal sensitive data from millions of users.
Discussion: TechBlog
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:   Google, Yahoo, Facebook Extensions Put Millions of Firefox Users At Risk — Updated
Blog.Photobucket.com:
Important Photobucket Announcement  —  Dear Photobucket Friends:  —  As you may have already heard, today Photobucket announced that it has accepted an offer to be acquired by Fox Interactive Media (FIM), a division of News Corporation.  This is a really big piece of news for us at Photobucket.
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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:
Business Wire:
eBay Acquires StumbleUpon  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY) today announced it has acquired StumbleUpon, an early-stage company that helps people discover and share content online, for an aggregate transaction value of approximately $75 million.
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
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BBC:
Microsoft unveils table computer  —  Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called "Surface".  —  Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer.
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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.
 
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