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11:20 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.
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.
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 …
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears  —  I couldn't resist taking RSS Bling, and adding modern offline support to it (instead of HTA/Mozilla specific support from 2+ years ago).  —  I tackled a very narrow problem.  Instead of grabbing feed and post data directly from an online store, I changed the code to:
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gears Released
Discussion: Krishwords
BBC:   Online and offline worlds merge
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Gears in Context - Browser Gets a Boost From Google
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
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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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"  —  Everyone thinks Apple's Steve Jobs is putting the finishing touches on the company's soon-to-be-shipped iPhone and a new version of the Macintosh operating system called Leopard, the release of which Apple recently delayed until October.
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
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
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.
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.
Discussion: alarm:clock and Texas Startup Blog
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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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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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Gene Johnson / Associated Press:
Man described as a top spammer arrested
Discussion: Techdirt and Spyware Hunter
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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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
eBay's StumbleUpon Acquisition: Confirmed at $75 Million
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Apple exec details 160GB Apple TV, YouTube H.264 deal
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.
 
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