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2:15 PM ET, May 22, 2009

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MacTalk Australia:
Rumour: 16GB iPhone Declared “End of Life” By Vodafone & Brightpoint  —  We usually don't report on rumours here at MacTalk , but a trusted source has brought this to our attention this evening: Vodafone has sent out an email to retail staff stating that the 16GB iPhone has been marked as …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
32GB iPhone placeholder appears at T-Mobile Austria  —  Take it for what it's worth (which may be nothing, quite honestly), but a bona fide “iPhone 32GB” placeholder has appeared in the ‘Coming Soon’ section on T-Mobile Austria's website.  Generally speaking, we wouldn't give this kind of slip …
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?
Discussion: Electronista and Pre News
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Not All Sprint Stores Carrying the Pre- Find Out Which Ones Near You Will  —  The frenzy is building for the Palm Pre launch and already future Pre customers are making plans for launch day.  I have heard from those who plan on hitting Wal-Mart or Best Buy first, followed by a trip …
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Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Low inventory is forcing Best Buy Mobile to launch the Palm Pre in two phases
Discussion: My Pre
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Pew Center illustrates how Craigslist is killing newspapers  —  It's tough to compete with free.  —  The use of online classifieds sites, such as Craigslist, has more than doubled in the past four years, according to a study published Friday by the Pew Research Center.
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Pew Internet:
Overview  —  The number of online adults to use classified ads websites …
Discussion: Digits
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
First look: Google Chrome 2.0 - Fast but lacking features  —  Google has released Chrome 2.0.  The speed-demon browser gets an additional kick of speed, a few more features, and a load of bug fixes.  —  First, let's look at the speed side of things.  Google's Chrome browser was already fast …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Lawyer: RIAA must pay back all $100M it has collected  —  Harvard Law professor Charles Nesson is branching out.  —  For years he watched with horror as the RIAA demanded money from tens of thousands of Americans, finally getting into the ring himself when federal judge Nancy Gertner connected …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Daisy Whitney / Hollywood Reporter:
Google invades upfront marketplace  —  Deutsch, Saatchi among agencies using Google TV Ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google TV Ads has begun booking upfront deals with major agencies and advertisers for the first time.  —  Marketers are committing upwards of seven figures to buy ads through …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Counting Down to the End of Moore's Law  —  “We're looking at a brick wall five years down the road,” Eli Harari, the chief executive of SanDisk, said to me earlier this week.  —  In 1990, when SanDisk, which he founded, shipped its first generation of flash memory — the sort …
Discussion: Sandisk, Techgeist and isen.blog
David Chartier / Macworld:
More senseless iPhone app rejections tarnish the App Store  —  The App Store is becoming almost as famous for rejecting applications as it is for selling one billion of them.  The iPhone app body count has recently grown by two, including a high-profile e-book reader and a compatibility update …
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 and Lockergnome Blog Network, Thanks:jesse
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Orange sells 1 million iPhones in France  —  Orange, Apple's wireless partner in France, on Friday said it had sold its first million iPhones in that country.  —  Apple and Orange began selling iPhones in France in late-November 2007.  The 1 million iPhone milestone is an important goal …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Facebook tell-all ‘Accidental Billionaires’ on sale in July  —  This one sure snuck up on us: “The Accidental Billionaires,” author Ben Mezrich's presumably tawdry take on Facebook's origins, is hitting bookshelves on July 14.  —  Last we'd heard, it was getting released this fall.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Microsoft Antitrust Hearing in Europe Canceled  —  BERLIN — Microsoft and the European Commission have canceled the only hearing planned in an antitrust investigation into the company's Internet browser because of a dispute over the attendance of European regulators serving as advisers.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Report: Microsoft readies new maximum specs for Windows 7 netbooks  —  Microsoft is readying a set of maximum specs for Windows 7 netbooks -or, as Microsoft prefers to call them, “small notebooks” — that will likely dictate which PCs will qualify for lower per-copy Windows 7 pricing.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Sony Ericsson prepping Android 2.0 smartphones  —  Sony Ericsson is preparing to launch Google phones running on Android 2.0 operating system (OS), according to Peter Ang, vice president of marketing, Asia Pacific at Sony Ericsson.  —  The Android 2.0 will have more multimedia support that the previous Android OS, Ang explained.
Simon / Bloggasm:
Anti-Starbucks filmmakers hijack the coffee company's own Twitter marketing campaign  —  On Monday, the New York Times published a story detailing a multi-million dollar ad campaign launched by Starbucks in which the company put up advertising posters in six major cities and attempted to …
Anil Dash:
Flags, Windows, Lucky Numbers and Hidden Mickeys  —  Another new version of Windows is nearly upon us, as Microsoft will release Windows 7 later this year.  Vista was greeted with probably a few too many jeers, which in the tech industry means Windows 7 will probably be greeted with a few too many cheers as compensation.
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and ithinkdifferent, Thanks:atul
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews:
Ron Conway: I'm not on Twitter or Facebook  —  ...and Conway's thoughts on mobile investing, Apple, Digg, AdMob, IPOs and M&A  —  Mobile advertising is as one Advertising Age writer put it: This great white whale that is forever on the horizon but perpetually out of reach.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
TuneCore, Amazon Set to Unveil On-Demand CD Sales  —  TuneCore is poised to partner with Amazon's on-demand CD-printing-and-distribution service, Wired.com has learned.  It's a deal that could put powerful new physical publishing options in the hands of musicians, even as the world goes increasingly digital.
Xavier Lanier / GottaBeMobile.com:
OQO is Done, But Tech/Team May Live On  —  OQOTalk posted a note from OQO stating that the company is unable to offer support for its customers because of its financial problems.  I happened to run into Bob Rosin, OQO's SVP of sales and marketing, last night in front of my garage and he confirmed that OQO is finished.
 
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Evernote Stats: One Million Registered Users, 360,000 Active, 13,755 Paid
Discussion: Switched, Thanks:atul
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
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Discussion: OSNews
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Computer virus strikes US Marshals, FBI affected
Discussion: CNET News, The Register and BetaNews
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
‘Super Angels’ Shake Up Venture Capital
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