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4:30 AM ET, May 22, 2009

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Next iPhone  —  In the summer of 1994, I landed a college internship as a programmer at a DOS/Windows development shop.  There were maybe 20 full-time programmers on the team, and, when I joined, they were nearing the end of a two-year-long project to port their flagship DOS app to Windows.
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Arn / MacRumors:
32GB 600Mhz Video-Capable Next Gen iPhone?  MacBook Pro Rebranding?  —  John Gruber of Daring Fireball weighs in with his sources about what the upcoming iPhone revision will entail.  His list of details corresponds closely with many of the circulating rumors.
Darin Fisher / The Official Google Blog:
Put the pedal to the metal with a faster Google Chrome  —  We introduced Google Chrome back in September, and it's received a great response so far.  Since launching, we've been working hard on adding the top requested features and making Google Chrome even faster.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases New Stable Version of Chrome: Faster, Full Screen Mode, Form Autofill  —  Today, Google announced a major new update to its Chrome web browser that gives the application a large speed boost, as well as some new features.  According to Google, Chrome now loads JavaScript-heavy pages 30% faster …
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple to answer netbook market with $500-$700 tablet - report  —  With a conventional netbook clearly out of the question, researchers for Piper Jaffray said Thursday there's mounting evidence to suggest Apple next year will introduce its own take on the market in the form of a tablet-based device that will sell for $700 or less.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What We Know About The Apple Tablet So Far  —  More evidence of the Apple Tablet surfaced today.  We first wrote about the device at the end of last year when OEMs in China started hearing about the device.  Details are still thin, although probably not because of a lack of leaks.
Discussion: TUAW and Silicon Alley Insider
The Official Google Blog:
New Logo Look  —  You may have noticed new logos at the top of some of Google's web pages, including Google Labs, Google Moderator, and Google Code.  These are the result of a new logo design we are rolling out.  We hope this design freshens up our look as well as improves consistency and ease of use across our sites.
Discussion: Technologizer, Webware.com, TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Inbox preview  —  Whenever I open up my inbox at work, I'm never surprised to find several new messages waiting to be read.  The same thing can't always be said about my personal Gmail account.  Sometimes I end up checking my mail only to find nothing new there.  —  No big deal, really.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:sinkercat
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Best Buy stores only getting 4 Palm Pres for launch day?  —  “Whoa, whoa, easy there killer.”  That's probably one of the phrases coming out of your mouth at the moment.  One of our most-trusty of ninjas just dropped this bomb in our mailbox — it's going to be rough out there on June 6th, folks.
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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
Palm confirms no visual voicemail on Pre
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Expanding the Cloud: Moving large data sets into Amazon S3 with AWS Import/Export.  —  Before networks were everywhere the easiest way to transport information from one computer in your machine room was to write the data to a floppy disk, run to the computer and load the data there from that floppy.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Amazon's New Service Goes Postal Over Slow Broadband
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Will Google Win When Microsoft Kills Office 2000?  —  Microsoft will stop issuing security updates and patches for Microsoft Office 2000 as of June.  It's Microsoft's policy to support its business software products for up to 10 years after their release, according to ComputerWorld …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
‘Super Angels’ Shake Up Venture Capital  —  As large VC firms cut back, a hungry bunch of seed-stage investors are helping entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground  —  Watch the Video...  Earlier this year, as the stock market plunged, most bankers and other financiers hoarded capital and throttled back on new deals.
Discussion: Business Week, Thanks:atul
Louis Gray:
Twitter's Search Engine Is Very, Very, Broken  —  Given all the rumors about Google possibly talking to Twitter about search, or the Mountain View giant taking on the world of real-time, you would think that Twitter's dramatic growth and user adoption would see the microblogging company sitting …
Discussion: Stay N' Alive, Thanks:jesse
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Easily Create Your Own Feed Bundles Of Joy With Google Reader  —  Perhaps the biggest barrier to entry to using a feed reader for most people is building up a collection of good feeds.  Sure, you can import someone else's OPML file, but most people have no idea what that means, let alone how to do it.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Data.gov Now Live; Looks Nice But Short on Data  —  The long awaited catalog of public data from the US government launched this morning at Data.gov. Developers, watchdogs and data nerds around the world rejoiced - but the initial offering is a bit of a let down.
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
Do iPhone App Store Reviewers Spend Their Time Searching for Porn?  —  A while back we mentioned that an update to popular Twitter client, Tweetie was rejected by the iTunes App Store because, at that particular day and time, ****itlist showed up as a popular trend on Twitter.
Discussion: Forbes
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Julianne Pepitone / CNNMoney.com:
Oprah's Skypefest draws backlash  —  The Queen of All Media has embraced Skype and Twitter, but technical glitches and other snags highlight why new media isn't yet ready for prime time.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Oprah Winfrey's tastemaking power is legendary.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Rubin: Android ‘a revolution’  —  Among all the companies fighting to grab a piece of the brightest star in computing—the smartphone—Google seems the least interested in taking the spoils.  —  Android, Google's mobile operating system, doesn't generate revenue for the company …
Reuters:
Capcom to unveil more iPhone titles  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese video game maker Capcom Co Ltd said it plans to launch more than 10 titles for Apple Inc's highly popular iPhone in the year to March, cashing in on growing demand for mobile gaming.  —  The company, which produces …
Jonathan Adams / GlobalPost:
Apple under fire in Taiwan  —  Labor groups target a supplier of the U.S. computer giant.  —  TAIPEI — Labor rights groups are stepping up their campaign against a Taiwanese supplier for Apple Computer.  —  They have accused the company, flat-panel maker Wintek, of exploiting workers …
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Computer virus strikes US Marshals, FBI affected  —  WASHINGTON -  —  Law enforcement computers were struck by a Mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.  —  The U.S. Marshals confirmed it disconnected …
Discussion: BetaNews and CNET News
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Reviewing Pirate Bay Trial Bias Is Removed for Bias  —  The judge assigned to review whether the trial judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased has now been removed — for bias, of course.  —  The convoluted web of potential scandal further complicates the April 17 copyright infrigment convictions …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Microsoft's Silly Holographic Meeting Tech Has Perfect Customer  —  Microsoft's applied for a patent on facilitating meetings via hologram.  Yes, this is ridiculous.  But perhaps salable!  —  It's really a laughable patent.  Most offices can't even reliably use the mature technology behind video conferences.
Discussion: digg.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
At RealDVD hearing, MPAA says copying DVDs never legal  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Attorneys for the Motion Picture Association of America attacked fair use during a hearing in the RealDVD case here on Thursday, claiming it is not a defense for violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Discussion: Reuters and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Reuters:
Draper helps take companies “prublic”  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Noted venture capitalist Tim Draper is teaming up with investors to fund a private exchange for institutional investors to trade shares of start-up companies, calling it a “springboard” to an IPO.
Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Yes, Virginia, The Venture Industry Will Shrink This Time  —  Since the Internet bubble burst, investors have been predicting that the venture industry that helped fuel it would get significantly smaller.  So far there's been some shrinkage, but complaints that there are too many venture firms …
Marc Graser / Variety:
Rockstar founders aim for internet  —  Gamemaker forms new web venture 4mm Games  —  Rockstar Games pushed boundaries with its “Grand Theft Auto” franchise.  Now the co-founders of the company have formed vidgame venture 4mm Games and hope to reinvent the rollout of new titles using the Web.
Softpedia News:
Windows Live Messenger Embargoes Instituted for Some Users  —  But not just the IM client  —  Windows Live Messenger is, as a general rule, available for free to all users worldwide.  But of course that there are the proverbial exceptions to every rule.  And Microsoft's instant messaging client …
Discussion: Ars Technica and LiveSide
 
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Washington Wire:
Obama CTO Closes in on Confirmation, Answers a Few Questions
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and ReadWriteWeb
Cliff Kuang / Fast Company:
Nokia Makes Unused Patents Available to All
Discussion: PSFK and TabletBlog.com
Mussie Shore / The Official Google Blog:
Netlog integrates with Google Friend Connect
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:sinkercat
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Warner Bros. Makes A $33 Million Bid For Midway Games
Discussion: Midway Games, Kotaku and Softpedia News
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Xerox: CEO Mulcahy Retires July 1; Burns Takes Over
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Weisenthal / PE Hub Blog:
Internet Startups Will Destroy The Government
Discussion: TechFlash
M.P. McQueen / Wall Street Journal:
Bloggers, Beware: What You Write Can Get You Sued
Discussion: Sample the Web, Thanks:mrinaldesai
The Official Google Blog:
Faster is better on Google Suggest
Financial Times:
View from the Top: Eric Schmidt of Google