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7:15 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!
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint CEO: Expect Palm Pre Shortages
Discussion: InformationWeek and Engadget
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.
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Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Automatic message translation  —  Back in the early days of human existence, before language had fully developed, our caveman ancestors probably did a lot of grunting.  Language, and thus life, were pretty simple: watch out for that saber-toothed tiger ("Blorg!  AIYA!!!")
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
Google Earth Blog:
Fantastic Free Google Earth Game: Ships  —  PlanetInAction.com has released the first version of a fantastic free simulation game which leverages the browser-based Google Earth plugin as the primary graphics engine.  The game is called “Ships” and lets you take the helm on ships - barges …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Financial Exposure: Rudder Inadvertently Shows Users Each Other's Bank Account Info  —  Hundreds of people who use personal financial monitoring service Rudder woke up this morning to find that their personal bank account, credit card, and other financial data was exposed to other users.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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 …
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Google Threatened With Sanctions Over Photo Mapping Service in Germany  —  BERLIN — A German data protection official on Tuesday threatened Google, the world's largest search company, with “unspecified sanctions” if the company did not change its Street View panoramic photo mapping service …
Discussion: GPS Obsessed
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.
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 …
Edward Reilly / PE Hub News:
OpenTable Raises IPO Range Expectations  —  OpenTable Inc, an online restaurant reservation system, now expects its IPO to price in a range of $16-$18 per share, above the previously estimated range of $12-$14, according to a filing with the SEC on Tuesday.  —  OpenTable is set …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft to Debut New Kumo Search at D: All Things Digital  —  John Paczkowski has been poking fun at the tech industry and the personalities that drive it since 1997.  From 1999 to 2007, he wrote the award-winning tech news Web log Good Morning Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Video: iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm  —  iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military.  Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long.  But, lately, the company has been working on an itty-bitty version of its Packbot reconnaissance machine …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
RoamBi iPhone app makes data uberpretty  —  A data report-reader may not seem like the most exciting candidate for an iPhone app, but if you're working in the field—or are even just a numbers nut—the new RoamBi app will catch your eye.  —  RoamBi (short for 'roaming business intelligence') …
Discussion: VentureBeat, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
HP, Microsoft hook up to snare SMBs  —  Tech giants ink $180m deal in storage, comms, software jamboree  —  Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have inked a multi-million-dollar partnership to dish up integrated unified communications and collaboration software over the next four years.
 
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Project Playlist Picks Up Total Music Leftovers From Universal …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vish Makhijani Leaves Operating Role At Yandex, Moves To Zynga
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Internet data heads for 500bn gigabytes
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million To ASCAP
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Google Street View tricycle searches for Anita Ekberg
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Has Social Gaming Peaked On Facebook?
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Record Labels Increase Legal Pressure on Pirate Bay
Discussion: p2pnet and Threat Level
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to detail 8-core server chip
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
New Starbucks Ads Seek to Recruit Online Fans
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Is In Real Trouble If These Page View Declines Don't Reverse
Discussion: Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:atul