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11:05 AM ET, May 19, 2009

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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 …
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My Phone Beta Opened to All Users!
Discussion: LiveSide and WMExperts
Softpedia News:
Microsoft My Phone Beta Free for All
Discussion: Lifehacker
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre counting down to a June 6th launch?  —  Know what happens in the run-up to a major product launch?  Rumors are mongered and advertisements are sold, lots and lots of ads.  So we're not surprised to find the two colliding in the shape of an un-calibrated (not Pre calibrated …
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: TechVi
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 …
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.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Flock 2.5 social web browser adds more Facebook and Twitter features  —  Flock is a web browser that's based on Mozilla.  But what really makes it stand out is the integration with social networking services including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, and YouTube.
Discussion: AppScout
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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: blogs.chron.com and The Toybox
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.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter sees tools, not ads, for revenue  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter is working on various ways to make money from its fast-growing microblogging service, but advertising is an option that is not currently being considered.  —  Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said on Monday that the company …
Jin / DisplayBlog:
LG Display Unveil World's Thinnest 42″ 47″ 1080p LCD TV Panels  —  Copyright © 2009 DisplayBlog.  Visit the original article at http://www.displayblog.com/2009/05/18/ lg-display-unveil-worlds-thinnest-42-47 - 1080p-lcd-tv-panels/.  —  Update Here is some updated information …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Five Things Wolfram Alpha Does Better (And Vastly Different) Than Google  —  Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine.  Perhaps it will one day become one, but currently it's exactly what its tagline says: a computational knowledge engine.  However, it looks like Google, it provides you with answers …
Discussion: eWeek, Technologizer, Slate and The Register
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Why is Apple Rejecting PhoneGap-Built iPhone Apps?  —  PhoneGap is a very interesting development platform for mobile applications that lets developers build apps that work for multiple devices, including the iPhone, using only HTML and Javascript.  That means far more people are able to develop mobile applications.
Meg Tirrell / Bloomberg:
Pandora Media Founder Sees Reaching Profitability for First Time Next Year  —  Pandora Media Inc., the free online- radio service that generates playlists based on users' musical preferences, aims to be profitable next year for the first time since the company started in 2000, founder Tim Westergren said.
Discussion: mocoNews and AppScout
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?
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Apple Core
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: Technologizer and TechVi
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches OpenID Support - Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts  —  Last month, Facebook announced that users would soon be able to login to the site via OpenID.  Today, Facebook has officially become an OpenID relying party: users can now register for Facebook using their Gmail accounts …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
The defendants' problem with software liability  —  There is a great ho-ho-hoing going on about news Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have sent out a joint letter against creating liability for software defects.  —  (Picture from CNET's Download Blog.)  —  But there are practical problems as well …
Sindya N. Bhanoo / Washington Post:
Doctors and Medical Students Embrace Smartphones  —  To his frustration, Steven Schwartz often encounters patients who have no idea what each of the pills they've been popping is called.  —  “But usually they can tell you what it looks like,” the Georgetown University Medical Center family practitioner said.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Glympse: A Hassle And Worry-Free Way To Share Your Location, Minus The Social Network  —  We've all been there.  You're late for a meeting with friends, stuck in traffic and unsure of when you're actually going to arrive.  You call them with updates like “well, I'm closer now, but still not sure …
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
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 …
Discussion: Beet.TV, TechCrunch and Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mobile Abandons Its Smartphone App To Focus On The iPhone  —  Score another one for the iPhone.  Yahoo is abandoning its mobile app for the Blackberry and other smartphones in order to focus more on its recently relaunched iPhone app.  For every other phone, it is concentrating …
 
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Starbucks Ads Seek to Recruit Online Fans
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Turning Out The Lights: NebuAd
Discussion: Screenwerk and Bits
Mallory Simon / CNN:
New services promise online life after death
Discussion: Terra Nova
Joe Wilcox:
Antitrust Primer: Google and Microsoft
Discussion: GigaOM and Search Engine Land
Linuxpundit / LinuxPundit Weblog:
Netbooks: Up from Phones, Not Down from Notebooks
Discussion: The Open Road and Open Source
Dan Goodin / The Register:
OpenSSH chink bares encrypted data packets
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitter creator Jack Dorsey on user retention, Facebook comparisons
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst: Zombie Seattle Paper Doing Better Than the Original
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Case Closed: NebuAd Shuts Down
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Harvard prof tells judge that P2P filesharing is “fair use”
Discussion: Techgeist and digg.com