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2:40 PM ET, May 19, 2009

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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?
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 …
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 and 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 …
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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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (971492)  —  Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege  —  Version: 1.0  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS).
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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.
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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 …
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:   Mogulus Rebrands, Pays $100,000 For Livestream.com
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Xconomy
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Scott Kirsner / Innovation Economy:   New HQ for Greylock Partners: Sand Hill Road...Menlo Park... Calif.
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Larry Page: Twitter made Google focus on Realtime Search  —  Larry Page and Eric Schmidt from Google did a double header interview from the Google Zeitgeist conference just outside of London today.  But the real question on our lips was what is Google going to do about the astounding buzz around realtime search and Twitter?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
What Larry Page thinks about Twitter
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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: Gizmodo, The Toybox and blogs.chron.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
We must ensure ISPs don't stop the next Google getting out of the garage
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Storm 2 could drop on Verizon sooner than expected
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Nvidia accuses Intel of unfair pricing
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
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters and I4U News
PE Hub Blog:
OpenTable Raises IPO Range Expectations
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Flock 2.5 social web browser adds more Facebook and Twitter features
Discussion: Flock Browser, CNET News and AppScout
Jin / DisplayBlog:
LG Display Unveil World's Thinnest 42″ 47″ 1080p LCD TV Panels
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter sees tools, not ads, for revenue