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7:15 AM ET, June 2, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Webtop Watch: Adobe Launches Acrobat.com and Releases Acrobat 9 (With Flash).  —  Continuing its push to become a major provider of Webtop software, Adobe is releasing two new products on Monday: Acrobat.com and Acrobat 9.  Adobe's Webtop arsenal already includes the recently launched online version …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Adobe Launches Online Office Suite and New Flash-Enabled Acrobat 9  —  Back in March, we said Adobe was slowly building an online empire.  Today, that news turns out to be true.  Adobe is has just launched their version of an online office suite available at Acrobat.com, complete with word processor …
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and VoIP Watch
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Adobe Launches Acrobat Hosted Services - New Web Office Player is Here  —  Adobe is making a major announcement tonight — the public beta launch of Acrobat.com.  No longer does the Acrobat name only mean “related to PDF.”  The suite of hosted tools include a word processor, PDF converter, conferencing and file storage.
Elsa Wenzel / CNET News.com:   Adobe Acrobat takes big online leap
Eric Lai / Computerworld:   Adobe pushes Acrobat into online office space against Microsoft, Google
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
The Human Hands Behind the Google Money Machine  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — If Google were the United States government, the data that streams onto Nicholas Fox's laptop every day would be classified as top secret.  —  Mr. Fox is among a small group of Google employees who keep a watchful eye …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Today's Hot Meme Comes To Us From Plurk  —  Plurk is a newish microblogging service that is spreading like wildfire through the first adopter community today.  —  According to Plurk, the service is “a really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life …
Discussion: ParisLemon
IDG News Service:
Asus Shows off Atom-based Eee PC  —  Asustek Computer on Monday offered a preview of the Eee PC 901, the next version of its popular ultraportable laptop that is based on Intel's upcoming Atom processor.  —  The Eee PC 901 was on display at the WiMax Expo, which is being held alongside Taipei's annual Computex exhibition.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, I4U News and UMPCPortal
Cate Doty / New York Times:
Is the Main Character Missing?  Maybe Not.  —  When Dan Walsh, a 33-year-old technology manager in Dublin, started posting doctored versions of the comic strip “Garfield” on his blog in February, he thought he might amuse a few friends.  —  Instead, his site on Tumblr started receiving …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
The Planet CEO Provides Update; Will Be Days Before Full Recovery  —  Yesterday we were tracking a fire that occured at one of The Planet's datacenters.  Check our previous coverage to read the prior updates along with many customer comments that really are quite negative.  Below is an update from The Planet CEO.
Discussion: Mashable! and Texas Startup Blog
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Nvidia's mobile ambitions adding MIDs to the list  —  Nvidia is doubling down on its budding processor business for the next generation of mobile computers.  —  This week at Computex, Nvidia plans to show off its new Tegra brand for mobile application processors.
Discussion: Engadget, TG Daily, SlashGear and UMPCPortal
IDG News Service:
Sony Appears Ready to Ship Via-based Mini-laptop  —  Sony appears ready to release a small, low-cost laptop that uses a processor from Via Technologies.  —  A prototype of the laptop, based on the open-source Via OpenBook reference design announced last week, was shown by contract manufacturer …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and I4U News
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
The Future of Mobile Social Networking  —  IPhone users will soon be able to enjoy Whrrl, software that combines activity recommendations with real-time location data.  —  When Steve Jobs strides onstage at Apple's annual developers conference on June 9, many will be expecting fireworks.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Even Google Has to Advertise  —  Giant Markets Maps App Using the One Medium It's Never Sold: Outdoor  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Google has built the most powerful brand in the world with nary a bit of brand advertising.  But as ads for Google Maps crop up on buses in San Francisco and trains in Chicago …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Social Networks 1% rule or The Community Pyramid  —  What is the social network 1% rule?  Generally in a group of 100 people online, one will create content, 10 will “interact” with it (commenting or adding to it) and the other 89 will just view it.  But, everyone benefits from the activities of the whole group.
Discussion: Web Strategy and Marketing Nirvana
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Walking around Paris with Dave Sifry  —  I was sworn to secrecy about what we were doing in Paris last December.  You thought I was there to attend and speak at the LeWeb conference.  I was.  But we also were testing out Dave Sifry's new business idea, which he now calls Offbeat Guides.
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
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Lora Pabst / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
North Oaks tells Google Maps: Keep out - we mean it  —  The St. Paul suburb with private roads may be the first U.S. city to ask that street images be removed.  —  You can look at almost anything on Google.  Just don't try to sneak a peek of the homes in the private community of North Oaks.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Minnesota town tells Google Maps to get lost
Discussion: The Register, Gizmodo and WebGuild
 
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
Facebook, the USSR, communism, and train tracks
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Alex Pham / Los Angeles Times:
Challenge of Nintendo's Wii Fit is finding it
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Blocks Some International Access
Discussion: paidContent.org and GigaOM
Jack Loftus / Gizmodo:
HP Employee Slices Birthday Cake, Fanboy Hearts With MacBook Air
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Tremor Media Adds European Founders Fund As Investor; Hires Former …
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Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
IBM Reveals Jazz Product Launch Wave
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Startup to take on Bluetooth  —  A Palo Alto startup is betting …
Cate Doty / New York Times:
College Alumni Magazines Struggle to Compete With Facebook
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Cool Features in Firefox 3
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Virgin Radio Sold To Times of India Publisher For $106 Million
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Syncing vs. saving, and the case for a home storage cloud
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Coming Soon To CBS: Video Sharing For “CSI,” “Star Trek,” and Katie Couric
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Like.com's Creepy, But Effective, Facebook Ads
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and Digg