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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
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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
D: Notebook:
Jobs on YouTube Weirdness, Windows Love and "Fake Steve"
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Gears Released
Discussion: Krishwords
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald
Paul O'Flaherty / O'Flaherty:
Google Gears and Sync Errors
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Why Google loves developers
Discussion: InformationWeek
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Interview about Google Gears
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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and TiVo
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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 …
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Will music industry dance again to Apple's tune?  —  news analysis Apple has plunged into uncharted waters by stripping security software off some of its music.  —  Never before has Apple sold songs without attaching antipiracy software—the digital rights management systems that prevent file sharing and are hated by many music fans.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes Plus launches DRM-free music to a crunch, upgrades not perfect
Discussion: Forever Geek and PaulStamatiou.com
TED / uncov:
Mahalo Is Hawaiian for Useless  —  Mahalo is a "human powered search engine".  Translated from Web 2.0 speak, this means "Wikipedia with less content and Google results".  Jason Calacanis dropped this deuce into the world's toilet bowl yesterday, and I gotta tell ya, I'm f**king glad he did.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Mahalo.com: We're here to help.
Jaime Schopflin / emigroup.com:
EMI Music, Google and YouTube strike milestone partnership  —  Fans to have on-demand access to videos from EMI Music's roster of artists on YouTube  —  EMI Music - one of the world's leading global music companies, Google and YouTube, the leader in online video - today announced …
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Multiverse Wins $4 Million in Funding  —  Multiverse, the open virtual-world building platform complete with universal browser being developed by some early Netscape employees, has just won $4.175 million in funding, according to a press release I've just been emailed.
Discussion: VentureBeat and alarm:clock
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Microsoft Data Centers - getting bigger and better  —  I sit down with Michael Manos the senior director of Data Center Services here at Microsoft.  Microsoft is building some massive facilities in various places around the world.  It houses everything from Live to Hotmail.  Can you imagine a building 1.3 miles big?
Alyssa / Official Google Checkout Blog:
Look, Ma — no wires!  —  Since launching Checkout last summer, we've been working hard to extend it to new merchants and buyers.  Last month, for example, we took a big step forward by making Checkout available to merchants in the UK.  Now we're taking our first step toward making Checkout available on a whole new platform: mobile.
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
George Ou:
Why HD movie downloads are a big lie  —  There's a lot of buzz lately about the delivery of HD TV and Movie content over the Internet with shows like Lost being delivered by ABC.com and other video download services with XBox360 or iTunes.  I even have friends and colleagues telling …
Discussion: Technovia
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
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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