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11:40 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.
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.
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.
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:   RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gears Released
Discussion: Krishwords
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:
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.
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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
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 …
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
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 |
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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.
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'
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
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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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
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Startup Search: tracking the web startup ecosystem  —  Tonight I am unveiling a new site tracking the startup ecosystem.  It's a directory and analytics tool I've personally wanted for a long time, and I know others will enjoy.  Introducing Startup Search.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
AP steps up online copyright protection  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The Associated Press will intensify its efforts to protect its copyrights on the Web and possibly uncover new sources of revenue by working with a Silicon Valley startup that's trying to help the media gain more control over digital content.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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