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12:50 PM ET, May 31, 2007

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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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Why Google loves developers
Discussion: InformationWeek
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Interview about Google Gears
Business Wire:
Google Launches Gears Open Source Project to Bring Offline …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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 …
Reuters:   Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
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Jobs on YouTube Weirdness, Windows Love and "Fake Steve"
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, PVRblog, Engadget and TiVo
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
TiVo prepping a "mass appeal" HD DVR priced below Series 3  —  Everyone knows that true DVR nirvana requires support for sweet, sweet HD video.  Yet while the cost of HDTVs has dropped sharply in the last 5 years, the cost of getting an HD TiVo up and running has not.
Seeking Alpha:
TiVo F1Q08 (Qtr End 4/30/07) Earnings Call Transcript
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jason Calacanis Launches Mahalo Today: Human Powered Search
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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Studies: music industry overstating threat of P2P piracy  —  Unauthorized sharing of digital music remains a huge issue for the global music business, but is most of that sharing taking place on peer-to-peer networks?  For years, peer-to-peer was the bogeyman, the red Communist music monster …
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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Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
PSP Firmware Update. Stream Content Over the Internet
Discussion: TechSpot News and Engadget
Jamie Cansdale / TestDriven.NET:
Microsoft vs TestDriven.Net Express
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Fedora 7 released
Will Oremus / Palo Alto Daily News:
Wireless project tangled in delays, setbacks
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Will music industry dance again to Apple's tune?
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Ad-Sales Plan Gets Breath of Air From Oxygen
Associated Press:
Maxis unveils cell phone money transfer
 Earlier Items: 
George Ou:
Why HD movie downloads are a big lie
Discussion: Technovia
Alyssa / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Look, Ma — no wires!
Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
Where's the Other Half of Your Music File?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dominique Vidalon / Reuters:
Ubisoft eyes buys, but wants to stay cash positive
USA Today:
Sci-fi writers join war on terror
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
AP steps up online copyright protection
Discussion: paidContent.org
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb:
44 Mapping APIs  —  So in keeping with this week's mapping theme …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Startup Search: tracking the web startup ecosystem