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3:20 PM ET, May 19, 2009

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The Official Palm Blog:
Palm Pre to arrive on Sprint on June 6  —  Sprint has announced today that the Palm Pre will be available on June 6.  Sprint announced that it will be available nationwide in Sprint stores, as well as at Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-Mart stores.  The webOS-based phone will retail for $199.99 …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre on June 6th for $200: It's official!  —  The day you've been waiting for is here.  Sprint just announced that the Pre will cost $199.99 after $100 mail-rebate and 2-year contract and will launch on June 6th as rumored this morning.  The phone will go on sale nationwide …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Next-Gen iPhone Specs, Launch Date Revealed?  —  A source closely connected to Apple's hardware team claims to possess knowledge of the next-generation iPhone's specifications and release date.  —  The source told iPhone fan blog Apple iPhone Apps that the new iPhone will launch July 17.
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Rob / Apple iPhone Apps:
Source Reveals Specs And Release Date of Next iPhone!  —  Recently we were approached by a source who is closely connected to Apple's hardware development team.  The source was willing to provide detailed information on the specs and release date of the next generation iPhone.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:   Next-Gen iPhone coming July 17th?
Scott Morrison / Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Staffing Answers  —  Concerned a brain drain could hurt its long-term ability to compete, Google Inc. is tackling the problem with its typical tool: an algorithm.  —  The Internet search giant recently began crunching data from employee reviews and promotion and pay histories …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
GPS system ‘close to breakdown’  —  Network of satellites could begin to fail as early as 2010  —  It has become one of the staples of modern, hi-tech life: using satellite navigation tools built into your car or mobile phone to find your way from A to B. But experts have warned that the system may be close to breakdown.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily, Switched and TechVi
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
What Larry Page thinks about Twitter  —  I just asked Larry Page what he thought about Twitter here is what Larry answered:  —  “I have always thought we needed to index the web every second to allow real time search.  At first, my team laughed and did not believe me.  With Twitter, now they know they have to do it.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Larry Page: Twitter made Google focus on Realtime Search
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Turns Down $8 billion Valuation Term Sheet, Claims 2009 Revenues Will Be $550 million  —  In the last couple of weeks Facebook received and turned down a term sheet for a new $200 million venture round of funding that would value the company at $8 billion, we've learned from a source …
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Microsoft's My Phone Service Beta Open for Public  —  Previously available in limited invitation-only beta, Microsoft has upgraded its My Phone web portal and opened its service to public.  The free My Phone service will enable people to access, manage and back up their personal information …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Is Boston Still a Venture Capital Hotbed?  —  Waltham, Mass., and Route 128 were once compared to Menlo Park, Calif., and Sand Hill Road, but is the Boston region losing its entrepreneurial edge?  —  The latest evidence that it may be: Greylock Partners, which was founded in Massachusetts in 1965 …
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Scott Kirsner / Innovation Economy:   New HQ for Greylock Partners: Sand Hill Road...Menlo Park... Calif.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Want to Fool Apple's App Store?  Plant an Easter Egg  —  Despite Apple's reputation for being a notorious gatekeeper with its iPhone App Store, there's a way to sneak in content such as porn, profanity or potentially malicious code, with no hacking required: Easter eggs.
Discussion: Edible Apple, Technologizer and TechVi
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Android Donut Interface Makes Us Forget All About Palm Pre  —  Palm what?  A better look Android “Donut” build for the HTC Hero shows us just how buttery smooth and slick Android can be, and it's incredible.  —  The widgets have the tang of HTC—if you've used a Touch Diamond or Pro …
Apple:
Apple Earbuds and static electricity  —  Symptoms  —  It's possible to receive a small and quick electrical (static) shock from your earbuds while listening to iPod or iPhone.  —  Products Affected  —  iPhone Accessories, iPod, iPhone, iPod Accessories  —  Resolution  —  What is happening?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dell launches “touch-screen” netbooks for students  —  Netbook computers for web browsing and emailing are taking off like wildfire, and now Dell has thrown its hat in the ring with a netbook for students.  —  The new Dell Latitude 2100 has a 10.1-inch screen and a touch-screen surface designed for student-teacher interaction.
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Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
The Race to Provide Wi-Fi at 30,000 Feet  —  SOME airlines are rushing to offer Wi-Fi Internet connections in their domestic aircraft cabins, but none are talking about the space squeeze.  —  On an AirTran Airways Wi-Fi demonstration flight that went up and back down the Northeast seaboard …
Discussion: The Toybox, Gizmodo and blogs.chron.com
James Sherwood / The Register:
Apple to look to software to differentiate multiple iPhone models  —  Execs talk about ‘segmentation by software’  —  Exclusive Apple is considering launching multiple iPhone models each differentiated by software, rather than hardware capabilities, company executives have hinted.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Short and Tweet: Attention Grabbers on Twitter Share Universal Wisdom  —  The Art of Twitterature Means Making 140 Characters Count  —  The whole world is on Twitter.  Yawn.  —  Tweets, people will tell you, rot our brains.  They ruin our attention spans, inflate our egos.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel previews Atom ‘Pineview’ chip, Linux OS  —  On Tuesday, Intel released information on its next-generation Atom silicon and the next version of its Linux operating system for Netbooks.  —  Noury Al-Khaledy, general manager of Nettop and Netbook Computing at Intel …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Mogulus Goes Generic: Now Called LiveStream  —  If you want to convey that you're a generic vendor of live-streaming services, then sure, why not change your name to LiveStream?  Just forgive us if, having known your company for two years with the quirky if ambiguously pronounced name Mogulus …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Service to Prove You are Really You  —  On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog, as the New Yorker cartoon famously said.  But what if, while you are surfing, you want to prove your pedigree?  —  Equifax, the big credit agency that already knows more about your flea count than you do, wants to help.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage  —  Allowing ISPs to have too much would drastically hinder the chances of fresh new startups developing into major businesses - as happened with Google  —  If politicians want to effect economic recovery …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Is In Real Trouble If These Page View Declines Don't Reverse  —  We've all been closely watching the total user number for MySpace and Facebook and trying to predict the date that MySpace's last stronghold will fall - no. 1 in U.S. social networking users.
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul
Brewster Kahle / Washington Post:
A Book Grab by Google  —  A court in the Southern District of New York will soon make a decision that could determine our digital future.  —  A ruling is expected shortly on a proposed settlement of lawsuits filed against Google in 2005 by groups representing authors and publishers claiming …
Kevin Wassong / paidContent.org:
Memo To Networks Re Hulu: You're Making A Big Mistake  —  Kevin Wassong is the president of Minyanville Media Inc., a digital network that creates branded content about the world of finance.  Prior to joining Minyanville, he built one of the first “new-media” advertising agencies, digital@jwt …
Melissa J. Perenson / PC World:
Google Street Views Takes to a Tricycle  —  Google Maps Hard-to-Reach Areas Using a Tricycle.  —  Google is mapping the world one street at a time.  However, some of those locations are not conducive to cars, let alone the Google Street Views van or even a smal car.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Live From Yahoo's End of the 10 Blue Links Talk  —  We're at OutCast Communication's offices for a Yahoo Search event that they're dubbed “The End of the 10 Blue Links.”  It looks to be a state of the union for Yahoo's search product.  —  Below find my live notes:
Discussion: Bits and BoomTown
 
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Gabriel Madway / Reuters:
Tech sector wary of H2 amid uptick
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Storm 2 could drop on Verizon sooner than expected
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget Mobile
BBC:
Boost for future broadband speeds
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to detail 8-core server chip
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Could Sell Macs In Wal-Marts, Analyst Says
PE Hub Blog:
OpenTable Raises IPO Range Expectations
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Starbucks Ads Seek to Recruit Online Fans
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Flock 2.5 social web browser adds more Facebook and Twitter features
Discussion: Flock Browser, Webmonkey and AppScout
Jin / DisplayBlog:
LG Display Unveil World's Thinnest 42″ 47″ 1080p LCD TV Panels
Meg Tirrell / Bloomberg:
Pandora Media Founder Sees Reaching Profitability for First Time Next Year