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12:05 AM ET, May 31, 2007

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Artur Bergman / O'Reilly Radar:
Google releases open source toolkit for offline web apps.  —  Google joins the group of companies trying solve the offline web application problem with Google Gears.  Released as an developer oriented open source technology, under a BSD license, as a new browser extension.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Scobleizer
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google Gears Lets Developers Take Apps Offline  —  Tommorrow, Google will be hosting a developer day for 5,000 developers worldwide.  The bulk of developers will be gathering at the San Jose convention center for a keynote by Google's VP of Engineering, Jeff Huber.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google brings developers offline with "Gears"; new offline Reader  —  Right now in Sydney, Australia, the first of 10 Google Developer days are starting up and the audience there is hearing about several new initiatives.  The most important of which is "Google Gears," an open source project …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Google kicks offline Web apps into gear  —  Google engineers have enabled what Internet surfers for years have yearned for—Web applications that work offline.  —  The search giant on Wednesday launched Google Gears, a browser plug-in that will let people run Web applications when they're connected to the Internet or not.
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Google "gears" up for offline web apps with new API, offline Reader
Discussion: Mashable!
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Moving Web-Based Software Offline
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Podcast: 'Google Gears' vies to be de facto tech for offline Web apps
Discussion: Scobleizer
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.
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: historic discussion live from D 2007
Discussion: Macworld, MacDailyNews and D5
Gizmodo:
Live: Steve Jobs at D Now
Discussion: Valleywag
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
The $100 billion dollar Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacUser
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple TV set to download YouTube
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Launches Mahalo Today: Human Powered Search  —  Jason Calacanis, formerly of Weblogs, Inc. and more recently an Entrepreneur in Action at Sequoia Capital, will launch his newest startup, Mahalo, this afternoon at 3 PS PST.  The site is password protected until then.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Mahalo.com: We're here to help.  —  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA  —  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA  —  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA |  ALPHA  —  ALPHA |  ALPHA |
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Launches With Human-Crafted Search Results  —  Mahalo, the expected people-powered search engine backed by Jason Calacanis, has now gone live in an early "Alpha" test release.  In Mahalo, human editors have crafted shows up in the top search results for popular queries.
Discussion: Chip Griffin
Adario Strange / Epicenter:   The Human Search Engine: 'Project X' Is Mahalo
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
JASON CALACANIS' MAHALO: SCREW THE LONG TAIL
Discussion: Associated Press and Mashable!
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:   Start-Up Adds a Human Touch
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.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
eBay to announce StumbleUpon buy today  —  Update: So, it's official, eBay has bought StumbleUpon for $75 million.  Here's the release.  —  eBay, the San Jose, Calif.-based auction giant is likely to announce its acquisition of Stumble Upon after the close to markets today, according to informed sources.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
eBay's StumbleUpon Acquisition: Confirmed at $75 Million
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
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Marcus Adolfsson / TreoCentral:
Palm's Foleo a "smartphone companion product"?
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Is Foleo Palm's folly?
May Wong / Associated Press:   Palm unveils new laptop-like gadget
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too  —  With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently with DRM-free music comes files embedded with identifying information.  Such is the situation with Apple's new DRM-free music: songs sold without DRM still have a user's full name …
Discussion: Christopher Null and Gizmodo
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Tip: Don't Torrent That Song...
Discussion: Gizmodo and Lefsetz Letter
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iTunes Plus and EMI's DRM-free music hands-on
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
Discussion: ha.ckers.org web … and TechBlog
Lifehacker:   Programming: How to build a Firefox extension
Official Google Blog:
A picture's worth a thousand clicks  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director for Maps, Earth and Local  —  I am pleased to tell you that we've agreed to purchase Panoramio, a website based in Spain that links millions of photos with the exact geographical location where they were taken.
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Google:   Google is planning to acquire Panoramio
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:
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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