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3:50 PM ET, June 5, 2007

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Kate / Google LatLong:
Hop on the bus, Gus.  Or the train.  Or the subway.  —  For some time now we have been "painting" icons for transit stops into our maps.  While it was helpful to be able to see where to catch a train or bus, it left a lot of people wishing they could click on the icon to get more information about a specific station.
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
GOOGLE MAPS JOINS THE MILE HIGH CLUB
Discussion: WebProNews and Google LatLong
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Transit Data in Google Maps and Google Earth
Discussion: WorldChanging
Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
Introducing Ask3D - A Truly New Way to Search  —  For the past several years, we have been innovating furiously to provide people with a faster, easier, and richer search experience.  We've created products that go some way towards this - Smart Answers, Zoom related search, Binoculars, AskCity, and ExpertRank (aka Teoma) to name a few.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Relaunches: Now "Ask 3D"  —  Chris Sherman once compared Ask.com to Apple.  Ask CEO Jim Lanzone remarked to me that he liked the comparison because it spoke to quality and innovativeness.  Indeed, among the top-tier search engines Ask has arguably been the most innovative.  In one sense it has to be.
CNN:
UPDATE: Blinkx Strikes Ask.com Video Search-Engine Deal
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Movable Type 4.0 Announced - Becomes Social Media Platform  —  Six Apart is announcing today the beta release of Movable Type 4, a much anticipated upgrade to a blog platform that has two distinct user bases nowadays - consumer base (like R/WW, which uses MT) and Enterprise.
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Katy Dormer / Google:
Salesforce.com and Google Form Strategic Global Alliance  —  Two industry leading platforms come together to allow companies to acquire customers, run more efficiently and thrive  —  Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, and Google …
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Google and Salesforce Tightly Integrate Adwords Products  —  There's been a lot of speculation about Salesforce and Google lately.  Tomorrow the two companies will announce a marketing and distribution alliance that will tightly bind Google Adwords to existing Salesforce tools that track sales from online advertising.
Apple:
Apple Updates MacBook Pro  —  Latest Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, Memory Up to 4GB and Higher Performance Graphics Across the Line  —  Apple® today updated its MacBook® Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics in a stunning …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:   Apple unveils upgraded MacBook Pro laptops
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel, Asus Announce $199 'Eee PC'  —  TAIPEI — Asus and Intel have teamed up to develop a $199 notebook PC, the companies announced here on Tuesday.  —  In a keynote address given by Sean Maloney, an executive vice president at Intel and chief marketing and sales officer, Jonney Shih …
Discussion: Engadget, ExtremeTech and DailyTech
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel readies new chipsets
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Inside AdSense:
Policy updates — and it's not even Thursday!  —  After our many weeks of policy posts on Thursdays, you're probably intimately familiar with all of our program policies.  So we can imagine your surprise when you woke up today, got your morning coffee, and settled in for your daily re-read of the policies …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Drobo review  —  Anyone who's ever futzed with a drive array on the fritz or tried to upgrade their large home storage system knows the plight well — disks will eventually fail and/or run out of space, and when they do, neither scenario is particularly pleasant for a RAID user.
www.htc.com:
HTC Touch™ Delivers New Touch Screen Experience  —  HTC Device Signals New Direction In Finger Touch Navigation  —  HTC Corp. (TAIEX:2498; "HTC"), the world's leading provider of Microsoft® Windows Mobile®-based smart devices, today announced the global launch of the HTC Touch&trade …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Xandros deal is Microsoft water torture strategy  —  Long-time readers of this blog may remember how two years ago I sat down to lunch with Marc Fleury, then running JBoss.  —  Fleury was celebrating because he'd signed a re-sale agreement with Microsoft.  The deal was superior to one IBM offered …
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Google shivs server crowd with PeakStream buy  —  Exclusive Google has stunned the server world by acquiring superstar start-up PeakStream, The Register can confirm.  —  PeakStream's website and phone lines mysteriously crashed yesterday, indicating that the software maker was struggling to pay its bill or had been gobbled.
Discussion: WebProNews and Ars Technica
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Listen to Music Free, but Pay to Carry  —  The music industry is so desperate for new ways to make money that a Silicon Valley start-up is trying a counterintuitive approach: giving the music away as a way to jump-start sales.  —  Starting today, visitors to Palo Alto-based Lala Media Inc …
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
OpenOffice For Mac Alpha Out Today  —  A few weeks ago in my Tech 101 video podcast, a viewer asked about alternatives to Microsoft Office on the Mac.  (You can see it here, or find it on iTunes.)  The viewer who wrote in apparently thought that since Microsoft hadn't yet released …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Local TV in five cities goes online through YouTube  —  YouTube announced a partnership with an independently-owned TV broadcast network yesterday that will enable five stations to begin monetizing their content online.  The agreement with Hearst-Argyle Television will put local TV programming …
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
The Re-nano titanium iPod nano case: only $800  —  So you've given in and finally picked up an iPod nano, eh?  So how do you go about differentiating yourself from the white-bud wearin' cattle around you?  Easy, slip that skinny slab of flash into the massive FACTRON Re-nano case made of solid Titanium, boy.
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel updates compilers for multicore era
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Xandros makes a Novell-style deal with Microsoft
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Google/Salesforce.com Announcement Is A Yawner
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News.com:
Xbox 360 getting next-gen 'Pac-Man'
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