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2:50 AM ET, May 31, 2007

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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.
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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: Office Evolution
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.
David Berlind / Berlind's Testbed:
Podcast: 'Google Gears' vies to be de facto tech for offline Web apps  —  For at least a couple of years now, critics of Web applications like those served up by Web giants Google, Yahoo, and Salesforce.com have argued that those apps can never replace their desktop counterparts because of the so-called "off-line problem."
Discussion: Scobleizer
Google Gears API Blog:
Going offline with Google Gears  —  One of the most frequently requested features for Google's web applications is the ability to use them offline.  Unfortunately, today's web browsers lack some fundamental building blocks necessary to make offline web applications a reality.
Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google moves to take on Microsoft
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Gears in Context - Browser Gets a Boost From Google
Discussion: Ajaxian
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  —  We kind of never thought we'd see the day where Mac and PC voluntarily shared the stage on neutral ground, but that day is today.  Very soon Bill Gates and Steve Jobs — both pioneering execs that need absolutely no introduction …
Gizmodo:
Live: Steve Jobs at D Now
Discussion: Valleywag
John Markoff / New York Times:   A Trip Down Memory Lane and Over the Horizon
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
The $100 billion dollar Apple
Discussion: AppleInsider, HipMojo.com and MacUser
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Gates and Jobs, Live On Stage
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple TV set to download YouTube
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Gates and Jobs share stage, friendly banter at D5
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 and Threadwatch.org
Adario Strange / Epicenter:
The Human Search Engine: 'Project X' Is Mahalo
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Is Foleo Palm's folly?  —  update Palm's bid to reinvent mobile computing looks an awful lot like the current state of mobile computing, but with less horsepower.  —  Company founder Jeff Hawkins unveiled the Foleo device at the D: All Things Digital conference on Wednesday.
Discussion: TreoCentral
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Palm officially out of ideas, debuts 1990s palmtop concept
Gizmodo:   Top: Palm Foleo: A Laptop For Your Smartphone
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 …
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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.
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Business Wire:
eBay Acquires StumbleUpon
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
Discussion: Google Earth Blog
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:
 
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