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2:05 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.
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:   Next-Gen iPhone coming July 17th?
Rob / Apple iPhone Apps:
Source Reveals Specs And Release Date of Next iPhone!
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 …
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 …
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
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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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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to detail 8-core server chip  —  Updated at 10:00 a.m. PDT with correction about launch of Nehalem-EX processor.  —  Intel is expected to announce details of an 8-core processor for the high-end server market next week.  —  The chip itself will not actually ship in systems until late 2009 or early 2010.
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
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: Epicenter, mocoNews and AppScout
Electronista:
Microsoft outs two new BlueTrack mice, keyboard  —  Microsoft grew its lineup of BlueTrack-based devices today with two new mice as well as the first combo kit with the technology.  The Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000 is the first of the blue laser mice to include a mini USB transceiver …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gearlog and SlashGear
 
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
What Larry Page thinks about Twitter
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch Europe
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Storm 2 could drop on Verizon sooner than expected
Discussion: Electronista
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Nvidia accuses Intel of unfair pricing
BBC:
Boost for future broadband speeds
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Could Sell Macs In Wal-Marts, Analyst Says
Discussion: AppleInsider, Reuters and I4U News
Brewster Kahle / Washington Post:
A Book Grab by Google
PE Hub Blog:
OpenTable Raises IPO Range Expectations
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 Earlier Items: 
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, CNET News and AppScout
Jin / DisplayBlog:
LG Display Unveil World's Thinnest 42″ 47″ 1080p LCD TV Panels
Sindya N. Bhanoo / Washington Post:
Doctors and Medical Students Embrace Smartphones
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Twitter sees tools, not ads, for revenue