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10:50 PM ET, May 19, 2009

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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.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:   Larry Page: Twitter made Google focus on Realtime Search
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Expected to Debut New Kumo Search at D: All Things Digital  —  The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's search engine will soon make its debut.  —  Sources say the company is expected to demonstrate it at our D: All Things Digital conference next week.
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook CEO says IPO a few years out  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to eventually take his company public but said it won't be for a few years, and stressed that the world's largest online social network is in no immediate need of capital.
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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 …
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!!!")
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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Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Sprint CEO: Expect Palm Pre Shortages
Discussion: Engadget and InformationWeek
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Palm Pre on June 6th for $200: It's official!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Search, As We Know It, Is Over  —  Earlier today, we were at Yahoo's “End of the 10 Blue Links” event.  Basically, it was their state of search gathering, similar to the “Searchology” event that Google had last week.  But there was a key difference, as anyone who was following along …
Discussion: Digits, Webware.com, VentureBeat, Bits and BoomTown, Thanks:atul
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo: We're Moving From Web Of Pages To Web Of Objects  —  Yahoo held a search event today in San Francisco at which the company connected the dots among a number of search initiatives that it has rolled out over the past couple of years: Search Assist, BOSS, Search Monkey, Search Pad and oneSearch.
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 …
Mihai Parparita / Official Google Reader Blog:
Latest round of Reader improvements  —  The Google Reader team has just finished releasing a new version of Reader with a bunch of small changes and tweaks that we thought you'd like to know about.  —  If you've added enough friends in Reader that you're feeling overwhelmed, we're here to help.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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.
Groklaw NewsPicks:
Terms of Use: A Real Difference Between Wolfram|Alpha and Google  —  Google and Wolfram|Alpha are providing utterly different services, and as you might expect, that means the terms of use are also utterly different.  —  Wolfram's Terms of Use are not at all what I would expect from a search engine …
Discussion: InformationWeek
Wall Street Journal:
Who Owns Your Name on Twitter?  —  Social networks can be friendly places, but they are not democracies.  Nor are they free markets.  They are authoritarian regimes with whimsical and arbitrary rules.  —  Nowhere is this fact more evident than in the doling out of domain names.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
HP's earnings offer some evidence that downturn has run its course  —  Hurt just a little by the downturn, Hewlett Packard hit its expected financial targets as it reported net income fell 17 percent to $1.7 billion for the second fiscal quarter ended April 30.
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Wiping data ‘hits flu prediction’  —  Forcing Google to delete user data after six months could dent its ability to predict pandemics such as swine flu, said the search giant's co-founder.  —  Larry Page said he thought more debate was needed around the issue of storing user data.
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.
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:
Vish Makhijani Leaves Operating Role At Yandex, Moves To Zynga  —  Yandex Labs CEO Vish Makhijani, a former Yahoo executive, will be leaving his operational role at the company, we've learned, and will be taking a new “senior operating role” at fast growing Zynga.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com sues Discovery as patent spat intensifies  —  Back in March, Discovery Communications, which produces the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Amazon.com over the Kindle reader's electronic security technology.  Now Amazon is firing back.
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.
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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Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple patents all-seeing display
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:sinkercat
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Ordered To Pay $1.6 Million To ASCAP
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Next up for France: police keyloggers and Web censorship
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Google Street View tricycle searches for Anita Ekberg
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Fantastic Free Google Earth Game: Ships
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Has Social Gaming Peaked On Facebook?
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Video: iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
 Earlier Items: 
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to detail 8-core server chip
Discussion: The Register and Electronista
Kim Poh Liaw / SlashPhone:
Microsoft's My Phone Service Beta Open for Public
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
GPS system ‘close to breakdown’