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2:10 PM ET, May 28, 2008

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Google LatLong:
Google Earth, meet the browser  —  When Google Maps was launched in 2005, few could have guessed the way map mashups would permeate the online world.  Online maps had been just something you used to get directions or to find the ten nearest grocery stores.  Google Maps and the Google Maps API proved …
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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 …
Discussion: Google Earth Blog
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Pushes to Make Browser Applications More Powerful  —  Google has been a leading proponent of Web-based computing — software that is delivered over the Internet and typically runs insider a browser.  But most browser applications cannot do many of the things that more powerful PC-based software can.
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:
Guys Like Us Avoid Monopolies ...
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D: Amazon's Bezos: To Launch For-Pay Movie Streaming Service; Stays Bullish On Kindle; Books Are Like Horses  —  In the first session at the D: All Things Digital conference at the Four Seasons Aviara in Carlsbad, California this morning, it's Amazon.com (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Launching Pay-Per-View Streaming Next Week (AMZN)
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Sony CEO Stringer: You can't afford our best TV  —  Walt Mossberg interviewed Sir Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony, at D6.  He started by pointing out the failures of Sony's digital music player and interactive TV ventures.  Stringer said that Sony is now running about 5% margins …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Electronista
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Apple:
About the Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.3 Update is recommended for Mac OS X 10.5, 10.5.1, and 10.5.2 Leopard.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about security updates, please visit this website.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Shows Facebook How It's Done: Google Gears To Power Messaging  —  The Google I/O conference in San Francisco kicks off today with a really welcome announcement: MySpace has integrated Google Gears into its messaging system, which will back up all messages to a user's local machine and allow for very fast search and sorting.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Chris Prince / Official Google Blog:
Happy birthday, Google Gears!
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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: Opposable Thumbs, Gizmodo and AppScout
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
‘Guitar Hero’ rocks D6
Discussion: CrunchGear and Valleywag
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.
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
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Google Opens Google App Engine  —  Google also announces pricing for the development technology.
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.
Vator.tv:
Video - the next acquisition for CBS Interactive?  —  CBS, which just recently swallowed up CNet for a cool $1.8 billion, is still on the prowl.  That's according to Mike Marquez, the head of mergers and acquisitions and business development for CBS Interactive.
Discussion: Beet.TV and HipMojo.com
InfoWorld:
U.S. files trade complaint against EU tech product taxes  —  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has filed a trade complaint against the European Union, saying the E.U. has violated a World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement by taxing the import of some tech products.
Discussion: eWeek and Neowin.net
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 …
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.
 
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Chris Mellor / The Register:
Want a 1TB optical drive? Call/Recall me
Discussion: Slashdot
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ozzie: Open source a more disruptive competitor than Google
Discussion: rand($thoughts); and LiveSide
Karina Frayter / CNN:
Dell deceived customers, judge says
Discussion: Ars Technica and Consumerist
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple boosts iPod orders for current quarter, trims Macs slightly
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 14 Per Cent …
APC:
Palm readies next-gen ‘Web 2.0’ OS
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Windows Live Agents SDK Released
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Is Apple changing course on variable pricing?
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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 …
Yuvi / The StatBot:
Twitter Clients used by Twitter Power Users
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
The man who would run Yahoo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP packs two independent servers on a blade
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