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5:25 PM ET, June 5, 2007

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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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Anildash / Movable Type News:
Movable Type 4 Beta: We're On A Mission  —  If you're reading this blog, you probably know a lot about Movable Type.  It's the power bloggers' tool, made by people who just wanted to make a good, flexible blogging application.  Over half a decade, it's grown into a platform that even enterprises …
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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Gizmodo:
Apple Interview: Details on the New LED Macbook Pro
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and Macworld
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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Transit Data in Google Maps and Google Earth
Discussion: WorldChanging
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 …
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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CNN:
UPDATE: Blinkx Strikes Ask.com Video Search-Engine Deal
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Camino 1.5  —  Mac users have a dizzying array of web broswers to choose from, which makes finding a favorite a tricky thing.  My browser of choice has been Camino for a long, long time.  It just looks like a Mac app, and it uses the Gecko rendering engine so I get all the goodness of FireFox …
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caminobrowser.org:
Camino 1.5 Release Notes
Discussion: Forever Geek
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Lawyer ratings site not without objections  —  A venture-capital backed Web site called Avvo.com that launches Tuesday claims to offer a "game-changing" alternative to the Yellow Pages for anyone interested in hiring a lawyer.  —  Avvo's plan is ambitious: to award a numeric score …
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.
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 …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Why there's no such thing as Web 2.0  —  Proposed: There's no such thing as Web 2.0.  —  Well, that's not actually true.  —  Let me back up.  —  Here's what I think happened.  —  In the beginning, Web 2.0 was a conference.  —  As conferences go, a good one — with a great name.
Discussion: point being
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 …
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
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel updates compilers for multicore era  —  Intel has announced major updates for its C++ and Fortran tools, updates that are aimed at making it easier for programmers to exploit thread-level and data-level parallelism in multicore processors.  On the data parallelism side …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
BBC:
Talking paper made by scientists  —  Digital paper that can speak to you has been created by scientists.  —  Researchers from Mid Sweden University have constructed an interactive paper billboard that emits recorded sound in response to a user's touch.  —  The prototype display uses conductive inks …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Xandros makes a Novell-style deal with Microsoft
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
30 Years Of Apple  —  Today marks the 30th anniversary …
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toshibadirect.com:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Local TV in five cities goes online through YouTube
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Rockstar Dismisses Talk of GTA IV Delay
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Gizmodo:
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