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3:55 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
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:   Steve and Bill reminisce at D: All Things Digital
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
Donald Bell / CNET News.com:
New RealPlayer allows YouTube video download  —  Real Networks has announced a new version of their RealPlayer today that will be available as a PC-only public Beta in June.  The player allows users to download and organize nearly all embedded internet video content (Flash, WMV, QuickTime) …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Real Makes Its Video Move: Downloads  —  Real is announcing today a test version of its new RealPlayer, fully 2.5 years since the product's last major update and well behind the explosion of web video.  We give the company points for trying to add something different to all the other official options …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
NEWS: Real Networks Takes YouTube (and other Flash) videos offline
Discussion: Beet.TV
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, 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 …
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 …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:   YouTube, EMI sign breakthrough licensing pact
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'
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Mass deletion sparks LiveJournal revolt  —  Thousands of LiveJournal customers are rebelling against the company's recent decision to censor hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups, a broad swath that has led to the removal of literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter.
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia outs midrange 6500 in slider and candybar flavors  —  It may not be the biggest news today out of Espoo, but Nokia has brought out a pair of very capable midrange handsets — so capable, in fact, that we're kinda surprised Nokia is voluntarily using the term "midrange" to describe them.
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.
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.
 
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