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6:25 PM ET, May 3, 2009

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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley crown up for grabs  —  Silicon Valley's place as a centre of innovation and a major force in the global economy is waning.  —  So says Tom Siebel, hi-tech veteran and founder of Siebel Systems.  —  “I think Silicon Valley has been toppled from its pedestal,” he told BBC News.
Discussion: Techgeist and Rev2.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Telegraph:
GCHQ denies plans to monitor all internet use and phone calls  —  GCHQ - the Government's secret electronic eavesdropping agency - has denied that it was pressing ahead with plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in the UK.  —  In a rare public statement …
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Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping  —  The home secretary has vowed to scrap a ‘big brother’ database, but a bid to spy on us all continues  —  SPY chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith …
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]  —  Earlier today I had the privilege to hear Google co-founder Larry Page speak at the University of Michigan.  I found his commencement speech to be quite moving.  He talked about how his parents first met at the University …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Larry Page's University of Michigan Commencement Address
Thanks:atul
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Myst now in the App Store, 730Mb Download  —  For you nostalgia fans out there, Myst just hit the App Store for $5.99.  It is a whopping (for an iPhone) 727MB download but promises to bring all of the realism of the 1994 classic Macintosh game.  If you don't remember, go grab a refresher.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why text messages are limited to 160 characters  —  Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times  —  Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.  —  As he went along …
Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets  —  TOKYO - When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash.  The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site …
Discussion: digg.com
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
XP Mode in Windows 7 is no cop out  —  I've been waiting to get my hands on the Windows Virtual XP beta for Windows 7 ever since reading about it on Within Windows.  If you're not familiar with it, XP Mode is built on Virtual PC and the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and is designed …
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Tim Anderson / The Register:   Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate  —  Semiconductor luminaries honored at a black-tie ceremony in Silicon Valley Saturday night didn't get a lot of time on stage.  Most posed a few seconds for a photo with their award, said a few words about how honored they were, and left the stage.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:   Intel's Grove: Something foul in Silicon Valley
Guardian:
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken  —  It happened when the Mac brought a mouse to every desktop.  Now, with the iPhone, it's happening again  —  When a black-jumpered Steve Jobs bounded on to a San Francisco stage just over two years ago to give the keynote speech …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What The Trend: Finally, A Way To Make Sense Of Twitter Trends  —  For sure, Twitter Trends give visitors a great general overview of what the app's user base of millions are talking about the most at any given time, giving some insight in what's happening around the world.
Thanks:atul
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 making its way to AT&T  —  OK everybody, just calm down.  We got word from one of our ninjas that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will finally be arriving at AT&T stores some time in June.  For those who were hoping for a miracle or at least a little something special added …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How OpenTable Could Actually Matter  —  Dot com meltdown survivor and restaurant reservation software company OpenTable had been a rumored IPO candidate for a while.  Still, it shocked many when it finally filed its intention to debut on the Nasdaq back in January.  What?
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next
Engineering Windows 7:
A Little Bit of Personality
Discussion: Edible Apple and blogs.chron.com
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Like My Parents In 1994, Apple Finds NIN's The Downward Spiral Objectionable
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, Gizmodo and Edible Apple, Thanks:bobcaswell