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3:45 PM ET, May 31, 2007

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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With success, a kinder, gentler Steve Jobs  —  Success, they say, mellows out even the fiercest of tyrants, making their dictates seem almost benevolent.  Steve Jobs, the enfant terrible of yesteryears, whose unrelenting quest for perfection has driven many to Ole Tennessee or an asylum …
Reuters:
Jobs and Gates share the spotlight
Discussion: Computerworld
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates: Historic discussion live from D 2007
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.
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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.
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Interview about Google Gears
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
Paul O'Flaherty / O'Flaherty:
Google Gears and Sync Errors
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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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: NewTeeVee and Gadget Lab
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
YouTube, EMI sign breakthrough licensing pact  —  update Google struck a deal with EMI Group on Thursday that will allow it to show the record label's collection of music videos and artist performances on YouTube.  —  In addition, EMI said it will work with YouTube parent company Google …
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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.
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BBC:   US arrests internet 'spam king'
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.
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Court Rules Against Linden Lab Terms of Service  —  According to a court brief I've just been emailed, a Pennsylvania court has allowed a lawsuit filed against Philip Rosedale and Linden Lab, makers of the virtual world of Second Life, to move forward despite Rosedale's motion to dismiss the suit or have it arbitrated.
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.
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.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Wilson Rothman / New York Times:
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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