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6:00 PM ET, May 14, 2008

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Microsoft TouchWall can inexpensively turn any flat surface into a multi-touch display  —  Bill Gates will demo a new multi-touch computer and interface today called TouchWall at the Microsoft CEO Summit in Redmond.  —  TouchWall refers to the touch screen hardware setup itself …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
115 CEOs Converge At Microsoft For CEO Summit  —  Microsoft's annual CEO Summit kicks off officially today with an 8:30 am keynote by Bill Gates titled “The Next Wave of Business Productivity and the Challenge of Continual Innovation.”  —  115 CEOs will attend from 26 countries, says Microsoft.
Microsoft:
Microsoft CEO Summit 2008 Virtual Pressroom  —  Welcome to the virtual pressroom for Microsoft Corp.'s 12th annual CEO Summit.  Established in 1997, the forum allows business leaders to discuss the most pressing issues affecting global business today.  From May 13 to May 15 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Gates shows Microsoft ‘TouchWall’ prototype
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digital Daily
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Every surface to be a computer
Discussion: GigaOM and CNET News.com
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
AT&T to boost 3G speeds more than fivefold by 2009  —  AT&T said Wednesday it plans to boost the speed of its 3G wireless network to speeds of 20 megabits per second in 2009, paving the way for over-the-air downloads that are more than five times faster than what customers can achieve today.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
AT&T promises Wi-Fi speeds on its 3G network by 2009
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Would you like to video chat and watch TV on the 3G iPhone?
Discussion: AppleInsider, Gizmodo and Engadget
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T limits iPhone purchases to one per customer  —  A “breaking news” bulletin was just sent out to all AT&T Retail employees today stating that they have started limiting iPhone purchases to one per customer.  The email isn't exciting, but the inventory is definitely starting to dry up.
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
AT&T now limiting iPhone sales to one, requiring credit card
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
Intel Confirms Atom-based Larger iPhone (Mini-Tablet)?  —  According to ZDNet.de, Intel Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer confirmed that Apple would be using the Intel Atom processor in a future version of the iPhone.  The new model will reportedly be a larger model with a larger display …
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and CrunchGear
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AppleInsider:
Intel exec vouches for Atom-based Apple Newton tablet - report  —  A high ranking Intel executive is said to have made comments this week that corroborate reports of a Netwon-like mini-tablet under development at Apple, as originally revealed by AppleInsider last year.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
Catherine Rampell / Chronicle of Higher Education:
How It Does It: The RIAA Explains How It Catches Alleged Music Pirates  —  To catch college students trading copyrighted songs online, the Recording Industry Association of America uses the same file-sharing software that online pirates love, an RIAA representative told The Chronicle …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
O2 hints at 3G iPhone launch date  —  The 3G version of the iPhone will be unveiled “in the coming weeks”, the boss of Apple's exclusive mobile phone partner in the UK and Ireland hinted today.  —  Speculation is rife that Apple will reveal the 3G version of the phone at its Worldwide Developers' Conference …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Can Icahn Get MSFT Back To The Table?  —  So here's the basic conundrum in this whole concept of Carl Icahn launching a proxy contest for Yahoo (YHOO): what's the point unless he can get Microsoft (MSFT) to launch a new bid?  —  It is certainly possible that institutional investors …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Hitwise: Google Again Hits New High; Microsoft & Yahoo Again New Lows  —  Hitwise released the latest statistics for search engine share in the United States for April 2008.  Google has again hit a new high, jumping up 0.65% from the prior month's high, to 68% of the US search market.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google about to launch Flash API for Maps  —  Google just published a page detailing how Flash developers can now use the Google Maps ActionScript API.  Unfortunately, as of right now all the samples still don't work, but based on the documentation from a guy who has never made anything in Flash, it looks pretty easy to use.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and The Inquisitr
Fred / A VC:
Disqus and Seesmic Pair Up For Video Comments  —  First, let me say that I am not sure about the utility of video comments.  I've seen them and even viewed them on Techcrunch and I think they slow down and break up the conversation more than they contribute to it.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Search Engine Blekko Gets Money From Marc Andreessen, SoftTech  —  2008 is the year of the search engine startup.  Hot on the heels of Powerset's partial launch earlier this week, stealth search engine Blekko (no logo, no website, just this and, apparently, some technology) raised a second round of financing.
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Beating Google ?  —  Is there anything more fun than sitting around, growing your hair, drinking a Bud while listening to Jethro Tull and pondering how to change the balance of power in the search world and unseat Google ?  —  Better search ?  Too subjective.  Better monetization ?  After the fact.
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Five-inch econo E Ink reader will go on sale in the U.S. next month: Astak's price in the $150 range?  —  Astak's rumored $150-so-so E Ink reader with a five-inch screen was unveiled at the IDPF conference today.  It's to go on sale next month in the States, with other models following in the next few months.
 
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