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10:50 PM ET, May 26, 2009

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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 5G, Next-Gen iPhone Design Changes Revealed?  —  You know that we don't run future iPod stories without having a lot of faith in the information.  Thus far, our source has a perfect track record for accuracy.  Based on the information we've received, this is what the fifth-generation iPod nano …
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple prepping iPod nano with camera, three new iPhones - report  —  Apple will introduce a new version of its iPod nano with a wider screen and built-in camera later this year after first introducing three new iPhone models distinguished by their network hardware, according to a new report.
Discussion: I4U News and IntoMobile
Arn / MacRumors:   Next Generation iPhone Case to Have Matte Finish? Enhanced 3G?
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft confirms Zune HD coming this fall  —  Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed its plans to take on the iPod Touch with a new, touch-screen Zune that will be able to surf the Web, play high-definition movies, and tune in to digital radio.  —  The Zune HD, which will be available in the U.S …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Da!  Facebook Takes $200 Million From Russian Investors at $10 Billion Valuation  —  Facebook is indeed taking money from Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies.  As previously reported, the social network is selling $200 million of preferred stock at a $10 billion valuation …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D7: More On The Facebook/Digital Sky Deal
Discussion: TechCrunch, Bloomberg and CNET News
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Facebook investment puts spotlight on Microsoft stake
Discussion: Webware.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Canonical developers aim to make Android apps run on Ubuntu  —  At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona, Canonical has unveiled a prototype Android execution environment that will allow Android applications to run on the Ubuntu Linux distribution.  —  Android applications running on the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Texting May Be Taking a Toll  —  They do it late at night when their parents are asleep.  They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets.  They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their back.  They do it so much their thumbs hurt.  —  Spurred by the unlimited texting …
The Mac Observer:
Psystar Files Bankruptcy, Stalls Apple's Case  —  Unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida, temporarily slowing down Apple's legal case against it.  The filing may be an indication that the company's financial backers have pulled out …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Apple Planning $1 Billion iDataCenter  —  An aerial view of the Apple data center in Newark, Calif. The company is said to be planning to add a major East Coast data center (Source: Google Maps).  —  Apple is planning a major East Coast data center to boost the capacity of its online operations …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Topsy Search Launches: ReTweets Are The New Currency Of The Web  —  New search engine Topsy, which has been in stealth development for three years, launches, well, now.  —  Before Google, search engines like AltaVista determined relevance based on how well a web page matched the query.
Discussion: Twitterrati
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft and Intel looking to limit netbook sizes to 10.2-inch for Windows 7  —  Microsoft and Intel have reached a consensus to decrease the upper screen-size limit for netbook PCs equipped with Windows 7 from 12.1 inches to 10.2 inches, according to sources at Taiwan-based ODM notebook makers …
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Randall C. Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Microsoft and the great netbook price-fixing scam of 2009
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's coming processors to attack high end of server chip market  —  Intel said today that a new Xeon series server chip debuting in the second half of the year will attack the highest end of the server processor market.  That means Intel is targeting IBM as well as another division of Intel that sells the Itanium processors.
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Alan Duke / CNN:
Kutcher threatens to stop Twittering  —  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Ashton Kutcher — Twitter's top tweeter — warned he may pull the plug on his tweeting if the micro-blogging service partners on a reality TV show.  —  “It's all fun and games until somebody gets stalked,” Kutcher wrote in a Twitter posting late Monday.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It May Not Be Making A TV Show, But Twitter Sure Has A Lot Of Reruns
Discussion: Twitter Blog
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
Report: Spam now 90 percent of all e-mail  —  Spam now accounts for 90.4 percent of all e-mail, according to a report released Monday from security vendor Symantec.  This means that 1 out of every 1.1 e-mails is junk.  The report also notes that spam shot up 5.1 percent just from April to May.
Discussion: Technologizer and Maximum PC all
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Ovi Store Launch Is A Complete Disaster  —  This was supposed to be a glorious day for mobile phone giant Nokia.  The Finnish company got out-innovated by Apple a couple of years ago with the introduction and subsequent success of the iPhone and the iTunes App Store …
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Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
Biz Stone and Evan Williams  —  Meet the Internet's It Boys: Twitter cofounders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.  A year ago their “micro-messaging” platform was unknown outside of a small circle of digerati.  Now the service has broken through to the mainstream, or at least the mainstream media (thanks, Oprah!).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Plotting an acquisition or joint venture?  —  Microsoft last week registered a limited liability company (LLC) in Delaware stoking speculation that it is planning an acquisition or joint venture.  If true Microsoft may be planning a little bit more than a demo of its search engine and a big ad campaign to promote it.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
People Networks President Joanna Shields Leaving AOL (With Full Internal Memos)  —  According to an internal memo obtained by BoomTown, Joanna Shields, who came to AOL via its troubled acquisition of the Bebo social-networking site, will be returning to London to spend more time with her family and to “pursue entrepreneurial interests.”
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook user drops lawsuit over virus  —  Updated at 5:50 p.m. PDT with plaintiff saying he will drop the lawsuit; at 2:35 p.m. with legal expert comment; at 1:15 p.m. with information from Facebook's terms of service; and at 12:30 p.m. with more details, comment, and background.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
New York Times Hiring ‘Social Media Editor’ To...Do Something  —  The New York Times is charging face-first into the digital age!  They're appointing a “Social Media Editor.”  It's Jennifer Preston, former editor of the recently-folded Regional Sections!  Could this be the beginning of the end of the Golden Age of NYT Twittery?
Dianne See Morrison / mocoNews:
Warner's iPhone App Push: Beginning Of The End For Small Developers?  —  Hollywood studio Warner Brothers Digitial Entertainment is gearing up to become a major distributor of iPhone and iPod Touch apps, with plans to release another 25 apps by the end of the year, Variety reports.
Discussion: AppScout and FierceMobileContent
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Take-Two Swings To Loss; Adds Another (Downloadable) GTA Sequel  —  How important is the Grand Theft Auto franchise to Take-Two (NSDQ: TTWO) Interactive?  Important enough that the publisher can't stay in the black without it.  Take-Two swung to a $10.1 million loss for its fiscal Q209; a loss of $0.13 per share.
Discussion: Crave
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Meme: Hands On With Yahoo's Twitter ‘Clone’  —  A few weeks ago, we heard that Yahoo was readying a Portuguese-only Twitter clone under the name Yahoo Meme.  Today, we finally got our invitation to try this new service, and while it is indeed an interesting micro-blogging service …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kindle Notes And Highlights Now Accessible On the Web  —  About a half hour ago, Amazon opened up a new feature on the Kindle: the ability to read your notes and highlights on the Web.  Readers have always been able to make notes and highlight text on the Kindle itself.
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
Making new Yahoo! homepages your own  —  We recognize that for many of you around the world, the Yahoo! homepage - whether you're seeing it on a computer or a mobile device - is Yahoo!.  And we know you all have vastly different interests and “must-see” places you navigate to online.
 
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Rick Mullin / pubs.acs.org:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Feel The DailyBurn: Gyminee Gets A New Name, Raises $525K
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon patents design for what looks like mini-storefront
Thanks:johnhcook
Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Wired.com Reports: How Game Design Can Revolutionize Everyday Life
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo Image Search: Now With Creative Commons
Discussion: Yahoo! Search Blog
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Clarification on the Date for Bi-hourly Shutdowns for the Windows 7 Beta
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Why I Won't Be Syncing Facebook with My Palm Pre
Discussion: PreCentral.net and Palm WebOS
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Obama Set to Create A Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Amazon's next revolution