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10:25 PM ET, May 3, 2009

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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy to trial launch Palm Pre on June 7th  —  Well lookie here.  This one isn't 100% confirmed just yet but a ninja hit us up with what could be some pretty juicy launch details for the rumor mill's favorite handset du jour, the Palm Pre.  Here we go — according to our ninja …
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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Discussion: Google Blogoscoped, Thanks:atul
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
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Controversial Web ‘Framing’ Makes a Comeback  —  When Digg introduced a new toolbar in early April that added a thin strip - known as a ‘frame’ - to the top of pages submitted to Digg, a publisher outcry forced the social media aggregator back down.  It modified the new DiggBar so that only logged …
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:atul
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 …
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
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Telegraph:   GCHQ denies plans to monitor all internet use and phone calls
Reuters:
Sprint may outsource network to Ericsson: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) is in final negotiations to outsource management of its cellular network to Telefon AB LM Ericsson (ERICb.ST) and transfer 5,000 to 7,000 U.S. employees to the equipment vendor …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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: NEWS.com.au and digg.com
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?
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 …
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
When the Cellphone Teaches Sex Education  —  THE special cellphone, set on vibrate, begins to whir.  Throughout North Carolina, anonymous teenagers are texting questions to it about sex.  —  “If you take a shower before you have sex, are you less likely to get pregnant?” asks one.
Discussion: textually.org
Brian Solis / TechCrunch:
Corporate Tweets and the SEC: Sometimes It's Better To Keep Your Mouth Shut  —  Last year, I covered the landmark SEC decision to recognize corporate blogs and potentially other forms of Social Media as a recognized form of meeting public disclosure requirements under Regulation FD (Fair Disclosure) - in some cases.
Thanks:atul
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
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Nick Summers / Newsweek:
Walking the Cyberbeat
Discussion: Slashdot
Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNET News
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next