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1:30 PM ET, May 28, 2008

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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Microsoft demonstrates Multi-touch  —  For years Microsoft has been investing in many forms of natural input in order to simplify the way people interact with their PC's and devices.  The advent of the original Windows graphical user interface forever changed the way people used their PC's.
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John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
VIDEO: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Highlight Reel, Part One  —  Here are a few video highlights from the first half of the D6 interview of Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer, conducted by conference co-hosts Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.
John Paczkowski / D6 Highlights:
Guys Like Us Avoid Monopolies ...
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Gizmodo
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Launching Pay-Per-View Streaming Next Week (AMZN)
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Activision's Kotick Unveils Guitar Hero World Tour  —  Next up at D6 in Carlsbad, it's the guitar hero himself, Activision (ATVI) CEO Robert Kotick.  The news here is supposed to be a demo of the yet-to-be shipped Guitar Hero World Tour.  He's being interviewed by Kara Swisher.
Discussion: Gizmodo and AppScout
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
‘Guitar Hero’ rocks D6
Discussion: Valleywag
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE Sony CEO Howard Stringer At D6  —  A couple of years ago Howard Stringer had high hopes for his e-reader.  But Jeff Bezos Kindle has stolen that thunder, and we assume we might hear about that when Walt Mossberg chats with him.  We definitely know we're about to see a very, very thin TV.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Engadget and Gizmodo
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
SNEAK PEEK: Sony's Ultra-Thin OLED TV
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget HD
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
Yahoo's End Game  —  Negotiations with Microsoft and Google are taking place behind the scenes, writes BW's Gene Marcial.  A deal of some kind is imminent, according to his sources  —  Yahoo! finally looks ready to do a deal, according to people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
InfoWorld:
Belgian newspapers ask Google for $77.5 million in damages  —  A group of Belgian newspaper publishers wants Google to pay up to €49.2 million ($77.5 million) in damages for violating copyright law by publishing their articles on Google News and caching their Web pages.
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Reuters:
Belgian group seeks up to $77.2 mln from Google
Discussion: ZDNet Government and TechSpot
Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Man Allegedly Bilks E-trade, Schwab of $50,000 by Collecting Lots of Free ‘Micro-Deposits’  —  A California man has been indicted for an inventive scheme that allegedly siphoned $50,000 from online brokerage houses E-trade and Schwab.com in six months — a few pennies at a time.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Google Opens Google App Engine  —  Google also announces pricing for the development technology.
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm and Adobe Collaborate to Empower Developer Ecosystems With BREW Mobile Platform  —  BREW Mobile Platform Integrates Adobe Flash to Accelerate Advanced Application and Web Content Development for Mass Market Devices  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) and Adobe Systems Incorporated …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Earth Escapes the Client and Comes to the Browser  —  Google's 3D data has escaped the client and is now a welcome addition to the browser!  Today at Google I/O a Google Earth Browser plugin is going to be released.  With the plugin installed anybody with a Windows machine will be able …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
SezWho acquires Tejit to expand commenter reputations  —  Distributed commenter reputation service SezWho is growing a little bigger Wednesday morning with the acquisition of Tejit, an engine that tracks content around the Web to see how it links up with people, events, places, and more.
Office of the United States Trade Representative:
U.S. Files WTO Case Challenging EU Tariffs on Certain Technology Products  —  WASHINGTON - United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab announced today that the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with the European Union (EU) …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Associated Press
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP packs two independent servers on a blade  —  HP can now pack two servers one blade and cut energy consumption by 60 percent based on its calculations.  —  HP was set to announce its new blade set-up on Wednesday.  The server twofer-dubbed the HP ProLiant BL2×220c G5 (right) …
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
The man who would run Yahoo  —  In a Fortune exclusive, Microsoft's Kevin Johnson talks about innovation, disruption, and what he's going to do about Google.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — He made his mark at Microsoft as head of the company's worldwide sales force at a time when it seemed everyone hated …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 14 Per Cent in First Quarter of 2008  —  Western Europe Saw Decline for the First Time Since Gartner Tracking Began in 2001  —  Worldwide sales of mobile phones reached 294.3 million units in the first quarter of 2008 …
Discussion: The Register and Technology Live
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Shows Facebook How It's Done: Google Gears To Power Messaging
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APC:
Palm readies next-gen ‘Web 2.0’ OS
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Agents SDK Released
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
ExitReality Launches With Carl's Jr Deal
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Is Apple changing course on variable pricing?
Discussion: CNET News.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Fatal bandwidth: 6 cell tower deaths in 5 weeks
Market Wire:
D-Link Introduces Ethernet-to-Coax Kit for Extending the Home …
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget HD
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For Coors Light, a Night Out That Begins on MySpace
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Twitter Clients used by Twitter Power Users
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Evri building a data graph of the Web
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TiVo Adds Disney Movie Rentals
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Asus Eee PC 1000 to Debut First Week of June
Margaret Robertson / BBC:
Play time  —  I'm insufferably lucky: for the last few years I've made my living playing.
Discussion: Changing Way
Jenna Wortham / The Underwire:
Weezer's Memetastic Video Director Spills the ‘Pork and Beans’
Discussion: Podcasting News and AppScout
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
Host Joanne Colan Leaves Rocketboom
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Podcasting News
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Guessing Game Has Begun on the Next iPhone