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12:50 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?  —  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.
Discussion: Pre News and Electronista
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.
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 …
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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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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What We Know About The Apple Tablet So Far
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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blog.montgomerie.net:
Whither Eucalyptus?
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 …
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 …
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: Lockergnome Blog Network and Stay N' Alive, Thanks:jesse
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to move desktop CPU production to 45nm process in 3Q09  —  AMD plans to move production of its desktop CPUs to its 45nm node process in the third quarter, helping to reduce costs, according to sources at motherboard makers.  —  Currently, only AMD's quad-core Phenom II X4 800 and 900 series …
Discussion: TG Daily and Softpedia News
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: CNET News, The Register and BetaNews
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.
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
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.
Discussion: FierceWireless and InformationWeek
Neil McAllister / Neil McAllister's blog:
MySQL: Forked beyond repair?  —  One month after Oracle announced its takeover of Sun Microsystems, the future of MySQL remains up in the air.  Can the leading lightweight open source database still thrive when it's controlled by the leading proprietary commercial database vendor?
Discussion: OSNews
Bryan Corliss / Reuters:
Gates sees tech helping U.S. out of recession  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Technology can pull the United States out of recession and help the world's ailing financial markets work better, Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates told a high-level business summit at the company he co-founded.
Discussion: DailyTech
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
‘Gumblar’ PC virus targets Google users, warn experts  —  Concern grows as malware mutates and infects websites  —  A computer virus that targets Google users is mutating rapidly, turning it into what some are calling the biggest threat to online security today.
 
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Yoko Kubota / Reuters:
Tokyo park plays high-pitch tone to teen vandals
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: CNET News, Guardian and The Register
Agence France Presse:
1 in 4 Americans is texting while driving: poll
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Some Newspapers Booking Local Ads Online Thanks to Yahoo
Discussion: Screenwerk and paidContent.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evernote Stats: One Million Registered Users, 360,000 Active, 13,755 Paid
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 Earlier Items: 
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
‘Super Angels’ Shake Up Venture Capital
Discussion: Business Week, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Data.gov Now Live; Looks Nice But Short on Data