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10:15 AM ET, May 20, 2009


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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Microsoft Expected to Debut Updated Search Engine at D: All Things Digital  —  The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft's search engine will soon make its debut.  —  Sources with knowledge of the situation said the company is expected to demonstrate it at our D: All Things Digital conference next week.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Forget Kumo — Will Microsoft's New Search Engine Launch Soon As Bing?  —  It's not long now.  Microsoft's new search engine has been widely expected to launch soon, and now it appears likely to happen within the next week or two.  And might Bing be the new name?
Discussion: All about Microsoft and PC World, Thanks:atul
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Netflix comes to Windows Media Center  —  Starting tomorrow, Windows Media Center users who are also Netflix members will gain access to more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly within Windows Media Center on their PCs.  —  Using the two together is easy and convenient.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:   Microsoft adds Netflix streaming to Windows Vista Media Center
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.
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Confirms Ad Network Plans  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave something of a state-of-the-startup at the Reuters Global Technology Summit yesterday.  —  Three nuggets worth noting:  — The startup would take more investment but doesn't need to.
Discussion: MediaFile
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Tweeting Too Hard: A site for shaming the twitteringly self-important  —  For people like me who were raised to believe that being shamelessly self-absorbed is a bad thing, we finally have a site.  For Twitter (many self-important types' new platform of choice).  Maybe.  —  It's called Tweeting Too Hard.
Discussion: Switched
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Can open source refuse to do business?  —  Let's pretend I am an open source developer and I don't like you.  —  I have control of some important open source project, so I write an addendum to the license forbidding you, or your institution, from using it.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Open Source Developer Intends To Block Belgian Government From Using …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Palm Pre to run $549 off-contract  —  We'd ventured a guess that the Pre would run close to $500 off-contract, and it looks like we were in the ballpark — Sprint customer service is apparently telling people that Palm's first WebOS device will run $549 without a two-year commitment.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Amazon Updates The Kindle App To Be More iPhone-ified  —  As a Kindle owner, I love the fact that Amazon released an iPhone app to allow me to continue reading my content even when I don't have the actual Kindle with me.  Of course, the experience of reading on the iPhone's much smaller …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former MySpace Execs Get Funding For New Venture; Some Details Leak  —  Remember when MySpace lost three key execs before the whole chaotic reorganization?  They announced their departure in March.  And we've now confirmed that they are closing a substantial round of funding, even before they've picked a final name for the company.
Ed Lu / The Official Google Blog:
Energized about our first Google PowerMeter partners  —  Earlier this year I blogged about energy information and a tool our engineers developed called Google PowerMeter, a Google gadget that can show consumers their personal electricity consumption right on a home computer.
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!!!")
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Freemium Model And A Desktop App Get The Thumbs Up With Pandora One  —  You'd be hard pressed to find someone who tries the online streaming radio service Pandora that doesn't like it.  In fact, some users like it so much that they actually ask for ways to pay the company …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Dell Demonstrates the Mini 10v Running Android Cupcake  —  Warning: Dell has not announced that their 10-inch, $299 Mini 10v netbook will be optionally loaded with Google's smartphone environment Android (Cupcake).  But that hasn't stopped Dell from demonstrating it working.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Elemental Shakes Up Video Servers With Parallel Processing  —  Elemental Technologies — aka the smart young startup in Portland that makes video processing better by doing it in parallel — is beta-releasing a video encoding and transcoding server.  —  In the last year, Elemental has put GPUs …
Discussion: Between the Lines and VentureBeat
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
MP tweets “election in weeks” then deletes Twitter account.  Fake or real?  —  Why would someone create a Twitter account for a UK MP which was fake, say the next general is “in weeks”, but then delete the account?  Was it a real account or a fake one created out of mischief?
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
The Real Deal with Peter Thiel  —  Earlier this week, before heading off to a business dinner, Peter Thiel gave me a call.  It's not the first time we've talked, but Thiel doesn't typically rush to return phone messages, either; he doesn't have the time.  As most know, the 41-year-old …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Blackberry Location Apps Are Expensive; Apple Has More  —  Apple's iTunes App Store has the largest number of location-based applications, 2,300 according to data collected by Skyhook Wireless, a location information platform provider based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Discussion: AppScout
Mark Sigal / O'Reilly News:
Built-to-Thrive - The Standard Bearers: Apple, Google, Amazon  —  When you think of companies that are not only built to last, but rather, built to thrive - in boom times and tough times; in times when incumbents rule and times when disruptors rule - what companies logically sit at the top of the pyramid?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Second Life generates 15 billion minutes in web voice calls  —  When you think of phone companies, Linden Lab's Second Life virtual world doesn't come to mind.  But the company is announcing today that its users have used its web-voice calling feature to talk to each other for a total …
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.
Ben Long / Macworld:
Tiffen Dfx 2  —  Plug-in filter suite offers outstanding special effects  —  To photographers of a certain generation, a filter is an optical element that you screw on to the end of your lens; it alters the light to achieve some kind of effect.  To the digital photographer …
Discussion: Imaging Insider
The Independent:
File share programmer sued by record companies  —  Record companies went to court yesterday claiming €13 million from a Spaniard they claim profited from computer programs he designed to allow free music downloads from the internet.  —  The Promusicae association of Spanish record firms …
Discussion: p2pnet
Gumblar: Biggest Threat on the Web Today?  —  A new trojan has grown quickly, and experts aren't mincing words in describing the danger.  —  A new worm is propagating across the Web, and a growing chorus security experts are warning that the Gumblar worm might be the biggest danger now facing the Net.
Discussion: The Register and PC World
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
A Laptop Cooled with Ionic Wind  —  The thin and efficient technology could replace bulky cooling fans.  —  Anyone who uses a laptop will be familiar with the whir that the fan makes as it kicks in when the processor's temperature reaches around 100 °F. As laptops and other electronics …
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Sharon Gaudin / Computerworld:
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Discussion: The Register
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Washington Wire:
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Bill Keller's Best Frenemy
Darren Waters / BBC:
Wiping data ‘hits flu prediction’
Rik Myslewski / The Register:
Apple patents all-seeing display
Discussion: MacNN, Thanks:sinkercat
Wall Street Journal:
Who Owns Your Name on Twitter?
Discussion: Daily News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Financial Exposure: Rudder Inadvertently Shows Users Each Other's Bank Account Info
Discussion: CloudAve and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: Techdirt, Techgeist and