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1:00 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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and EverythingiCafe
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:   Next-Gen iPhone Specs, Launch Date Revealed?
Chris Davies / SlashGear:   Next-Gen iPhone coming July 17th?
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 …
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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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 …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:   Twitter's Ad-Free Future: Paid Tools and Services Instead
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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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.
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, blogs.chron.com and The Toybox
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 …
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?
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 …
Discussion: AndroidGuys and PalmAddicts
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Epicenter, mocoNews and AppScout
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 …
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: Gearlog, Softpedia News and SlashGear
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Could Sell Macs In Wal-Marts, Analyst Says  —  Apple (AAPL) could eventually sell some Macs in Wal-Mart (WMT) stores, “which could significantly increase distribution and unit shipments,” Barclays Capital analyst Ben Reitzes asserted in a research note this morning.
Discussion: AppleInsider
 
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BBC:
Boost for future broadband speeds
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to launch 8-core server chip
Discussion: The Register
Brewster Kahle / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Reuters:
Nokia to cut further 490 jobs
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Is Boston Still a Venture Capital Hotbed?
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
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Doctors and Medical Students Embrace Smartphones
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hearst: Zombie Seattle Paper Doing Better Than the Original
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches OpenID Support - Users Can Now Login With Gmail Accounts