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12:15 PM 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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Chris Nuttall / Financial Times:
Google moves to take on Microsoft  —  Google will announce an initiative on Thursday that will take its applications beyond the web and challenge Microsoft on its home turf of the computer hard-drive.  —  The internet company is launching Google Gears, an open-source technology for creating offline web applications.
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.
BBC:
Online and offline worlds merge  —  Google has launched a tool designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  One of the key limitations of web services such as e-mail, word processing and calendars, is that they require a net connection to function.
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 …
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gears Released  —  I jumped out of the Google Developer Day in Hamburg, Germany, because this is big news (coming straight from Sydney's Developer Day): Google released an offline web app framework called Google Gears.  One of the first applications is an offline version of Google Reader.
Discussion: Krishwords
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
Haochi / Googlified:
Search Coming to Google Reader Soon?
Discussion: mpwebwizard.com and parislemon
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Why Google loves developers
Discussion: InformationWeek
Business Wire:
Google Launches Gears Open Source Project to Bring Offline …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Interview about Google Gears
John Paczkowski / D5:
VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Highlight Reel  —  A selection of rip-roaring laughs and jokes from the joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference.  —  The complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview videos:  — Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Prologue
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John Paczkowski / D5:
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs … The great Silicon Valley soap opera has come full circle.  Not since Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously interviewed Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates as a possible suitor during the "Macintosh Dating Game" back in 1984 have the two men appeared in a joint bill.
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 …
D: Notebook:
Jobs on YouTube Weirdness, Windows Love and "Fake Steve"
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Gates and Jobs share stage, friendly banter at D5
John Markoff / New York Times:   For Jobs and Gates, a Night to Reminisce
Macworld:
Live Coverage: Jobs and Gates joint appearance
Harry McCracken / PC World: Techlog:
Bill and Steve: Together Again
Discussion: ITWire
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
'Spam King' suspect seized  —  Feds say arrest may lead to sharp drop in illegal e-mail  —  The Seattle man is accused of illegally clogging the planet's inboxes with billions of illegal e-mails using hijacked computer networks.  —  You've probably heard from him, federal authorities say.
Discussion: Download Squad
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BBC:   US arrests internet 'spam king'
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Launches Mahalo Today: Human Powered Search
Eduardo Manchón / Panoramio:
Google agrees to acquire Panoramio  —  We are very (and we mean very) happy to announce that Panoramio will be acquired by Google.  —  The integration of photos from Panoramio in Google Earth has been so successful since John Hanke suggested it that we see the acquisition of Panoramio as a natural consequence.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Exclusive: Former Cisco Exec Mike Volpi In Line To Be New Joost CEO  —  We knew several weeks ago that Joost was getting a new CEO but held the info until we could confirm the identity ... multiple sources have now confirmed that Mike Volpi, who left Cisco earlier this year, is the choice for CEO.
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:   Mike Volpi's Post-Cisco Gig: Joost CEO
Warner Crocker / GottaBeMobile.com:
Lenovo Debuts Thinkpad X61 Tablet PCs  —  In one of the worst kept secrets in the Tabletscape, Lenovo is debuting its new Thinkpad X61 Tablet PCs, and yes, Dennis already has one of the newer models to evaluate.  The Thinkpad X61 is a Core 2 Duo that runs either the L7300 chip (at 1.4GHz) …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Office Evolution
USA Today:
Sci-fi writers join war on terror  —  Looking to prevent the next terrorist attack, the Homeland Security Department is tapping into the wild imaginations of a group of self-described "deviant" thinkers: science-fiction writers.  —  "We spend our entire careers living in the future," …
Discussion: CNET News.com, Slashdot and Techdirt
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
TiVo's Q1 Call: Series3 Lite, Comcast Rollout, Down Under  —  As I've mentioned before, I'm not a financial guy — it just doesn't interest me and early on I decided not to buy or sell TiVo stock given the leaks and embargoed info that comes my way.  Forbes seems to think TiVo posted a …
 
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