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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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Seven Questions About the Zune HD  —  Back on April 10th, our own Ed Oswald reported that he'd confirmed that the rumored Zune HD was real and would ship in the fall.  He spoke the truth-as Cnet's Ina Fried is reporting, Microsoft confirmed today that it plans to release an iPod Touch-like Zune then.
Zune.net:
ZUNE SPOTLIGHT  —  Media contact: For media inquiries only, e-mail zunepress@edelman.com.  —  For customer inquiries and technical support, click here or contact support directly:  —  call 1-877-GET-ZUNE (1-877-438-9863) or, for the hearing impaired, TTY 1-800-801-1189.
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
Twitter Guys: We'll Still Be Running This Company in 5 Years  —  Meet the Internet's It Boys: Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.  A year ago their “micromessaging” platform was unknown outside of a small circle of digerati.  Now the service has broken through to the mainstream …
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.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Visits to Twitter Search Soar, Indicating Social Search Has Arrived
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:wedocreative
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.
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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 and Softpedia News
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
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft's Ballmer whoops it up as Ford CEO delivers his new car  —  Too bad Ford doesn't have more customers as loyal and enthusiastic as Steve Ballmer.  Then again, the Microsoft CEO is an easy sell, as a Detroit native whose father worked for the automaker.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Microsoft Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Bing Logo Leaked By Way Of Favicon?  —  Within the next few days, Microsoft is expected to unveil its latest attempt at trying to be a player in the world of web search.  After it has failed to get live.com any traction against Google, it will apparently launch a new engine called …
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.
David Coursey / BizFeed:
Microsoft to Netbooks: Stay Tiny Or Pay the Price  —  Microsoft appears to have decided that any netbook with more than 10.2-inch screen isn't really a netbook at all, and should pay more for a copy of Windows 7.  This is Redmond's version of the question facing the hardware companies themselves …
Discussion: CNET News
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Ross Miller / Engadget:
HP unveils Mini 1101, Mini 110 XP / Mi editions with optional HD video accelerator  —  HP's got more additions to its Mini netbook lineup coming your way with the 1101 and 110 XP / Mi.  All three models sport a 10.1-inch widescreen LED, autosync software for easier connectivity to your primary PC …
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asus EeeNAS 1TB Backup Device Joins Atom Family  —  Asustek Computer joined other NAS (network attached storage) device makers such as QNAP and Acer by showing off a new NAS that uses Intel's low-power, inexpensive Atom N270 microprocessor.  —  The EeeNAS joins Asustek's Eee family of devices …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Pictures CEO: The Internet Is Still Bad  —  A week and a half ago, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton made some news for saying that nothing good had come from the internet, period.  Plenty of online sites (including ours) took him to task for that, wondering how one gets to be the CEO …
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: Softpedia News, Crave and Technologizer
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
UK broadband ‘notspots’ revealed  —  Around three million homes in the UK have broadband speeds of less than two megabits per second (2Mbps) according to research commissioned by the BBC.  —  The government has promised to provide all homes in the UK with speeds of at least 2Mbps by 2012.
Discussion: Guardian
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Acrobat.com challenges PowerPoint with collaborative presentations  —  Acrobat.com, Adobe's website of free office software, is unveiling a new tool today that marks the early steps towards competing with PowerPoint, the ubiquitous presentation-making software in Microsoft Office.
Discussion: Business Wire
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
IBM earmarks $3 billion for Europe and Asia stimulus  —  LONDON (Reuters) - IBM has earmarked $3 billion to finance so-called smart infrastructure projects in Europe and Asia likely to receive government stimulus support.  —  The move, announced on Wednesday, follows a similar announcement …
Chris Forrester / Rapid TV News:
BSkyB link with Microsoft on X-Box  —  Rapid TV News understands that the long-awaited link up between BSkyB and Microsoft's X-Box is at last going to happen.  Full details will be announced tomorrow (Friday, May 29).  The unveiling “Experience the Vision' press event will explain more.
Discussion: VG247 and GamesIndustry.biz
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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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 …
Tameka Kee / paidContent.org:
More Mags Jump On The Premium App Bandwagon  —  Magazine publishers clearly have all that iPhone app store revenue on the brain.  Just a week after People.com rolled out its $1.99 iPhone application, comes news that publishers like Time, Conde Nast and Hachette Filipacchi have plans …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Time Warner To Decide On AOL Spinoff At Thursday Board Meeting (It's A Done Deal, Supposedly)  —  Last month Time Warner announced that it would likely spin off its AOL assets into a new company, followed by an IPO (10Q SEC filing is here).  Little detail was given about the transaction …
 
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Can eBay rebrand itself as the Web's Wal-Mart?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Gary L. Reback / Forbes:
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Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and louisgray.com
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon patents design for what looks like mini-storefront
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Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
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