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5:25 PM ET, May 27, 2009

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AT&T:
AT&T to Deliver 3G Mobile Broadband Speed Boost  —  Initiatives will Deliver Faster Speeds, Enhancements to Mobile Broadband Performance, Availability
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T Moves Up Its LTE Rollout, Admits To Network Issues  —  Nothing quite works like the threat of the possibility of losing a money-making asset.  With rumors that Apple is flirting with Verizon over a future partnership, AT&T has abruptly changed its future wireless broadband plans to include …
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson: “Wireless Is the Priority of This Business”  —  Randall Stephenson is just two years into his tenure as CEO of AT&T but faces challenges that have been decades in the making.  Among them: remaking AT&T amid the steady decline of its landline business …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Bets Big on HTML 5: News from Google I/O  —  “Never underestimate the web,” says Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra in his keynote at Google I/O this morning.  He goes on to tell the story of a meeting he remembers when he was VP of Platform Evangelism at Microsoft five years ago.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Smalltalk Tidbits …, Thanks:atul
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google's “Oprah Moment”: An Android Phone For Everyone At Google I/O  —  Today at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, Vic Gundotra, the VP Engineering for Google has a special surprise saved for the end of the show: A free HTC Magic (aka the G2) for everyone in the audience.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Live From Google I/O 2009  —  We're here at Google I/O, the search giant's annual developer event in San Francisco.  The first day's keynote address is happening right now, and we're covering it live.  —  The theme of today is pretty clear: The time for development on the web has arrived.
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: We're a Different Company Than Google  —  Yahoo, “frankly, could use a little management.”  Uttering those words during a conference call to discuss her appointment as CEO, Carol Bartz ushered in a new era at the Internet's perennial underachiever.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   D7: Yahoo Would Sell For “Big Boatloads of Money”
Ben Charny / Digits:
The Woz Says Jobs Sounds ‘Healthy, Energetic’  —  Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said Steve Jobs sounds “healthy, energetic” a month before the CEO is expected to return to the company.  —  Getty Images  —  Steve Wozniak  —  On the sidelines of the All Things D conference …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone casts a giant shadow on the Web  —  Here's a pie chart that should warm Steve Jobs' heart.  —  That big blue slice covering 59% of the pie represents Apple's (AAPL) share of the U.S. smartphone traffic in April as measured by AdMob, the world's largest purveyor of ads on mobile apps and websites.
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Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Android, iPhone Dominate Mobile Browsing in April 2009  —  Google's Android and Apple's iPhone together accounted for almost three-quarters of web browsing on mobile devices in April, yet not even 10 percent of device sales, according to the most recent Mobile Metrics Report from AdMob.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates $999 MacBook, again — goes back to school with free iPod touch  —  Shh, don't tell the press but Apple just bumped the specs on its entry-level white MacBook again.  The bump measures in at just 0.13GHz on the processor, 133MHz more oomph from the DDR2 SDRAM, and an extra 40GB of disk space.
Alexandros Roussos / SiliconRumors:
New Apple MacBook Air family with 3G and cheaper model - sources  —  Apple could be readying a new very attractive MacBook Air family of notebooks recent sources indicated SiliconRumors.  —  The most notable feature our sources expect to be added to the new MacBook Air is a built …
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google creates Web Elements for easy news feeds  —  Google has made it easier for novice Web publishers to spruce up their sites with feeds of Google's products.  —  Google Web Elements, set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco …
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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 …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Introducing the Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7  —  At Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference about a year ago today, Julie Larson-Green first introduced Walt Mossberg to Windows 7 and its multi-touch capabilities, which we call Windows Touch.
Inside Sprint Now:
Sprint Palm Pre Activation  —  Since there are quite a few in the wild already, and we're just over a week away from launch, I figured it'd be as good a time as any to give a preview of what activation/first use will look like on the Pre, and field any questions that may come up in the process.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PeopleBrowsr Tosses Its Hat In The Twitter/Facebook Desktop Client Ring  —  There is a heated competition taking place for which Twitter/Facebook desktop client is the fairest of them all.  We've written about about TweetDeck, Twhirl / Seesmic Desktop, AlertThingy, Sobees …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and louisgray.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Heyzap raises $1 million seed round for casual game widgets  —  Showing there is still investor interest in games, startup Heyzap is announcing today it has raised $1 million in seed funding from Union Square Ventures.  —  Heyzap creates widgets that allow any web site operators to embed casual games on their sites.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Gmail and IMAP: Pushes with IMAP IDLE  —  We've just confirmed via an anonymous tipster with an emulator that the Palm Pre does, in fact, fully support IMAP IDLE on Gmail.  What on earth does that mean?  It means that if you're using Gmail, your email gets pushed out to your Pre nearly instantly.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and PalmInfocenter
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
MSI notebook first with Intel's ultra-low voltage processor  —  The battle over ultrathin, low-voltage laptops has begun in earnest.  —  MSI announced Wednesday the availability of the X340, the first notebook to hit the market sporting Intel's new CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) processor.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Electronista and CrunchGear
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
OraBrush Wins Bidding War With Hershey Over Facebook “Kisses” Page  —  How much would you pay for a Facebook fan?  That's a question that many are determining as they look at potential Facebook fan page acquisition opportunities.  Today Orabrush, a tongue cleaning product …
Discussion: Mashable!
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
IBM Sues to Stop Acquisitions Chief David Johnson From Taking Job at Dell  —  International Business Machines Corp. is suing its former mergers-and-acquisitions chief David Johnson to prevent him from working for Dell Inc., saying his new job violates an agreement restricting his employment with rivals.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ditch The Generic: Weebly Launches Free WYSIWYG Virtual Storefronts  —  Weebly, a popular WYSIWYG webpage maker, is launching a new feature today that will allow users to quickly make fully customized web stores using the Weebly interface they're already familiar with.  —  Using the new feature is simple.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Kim Tong-hyung / The Korea Times:
Google Bans Music Uploads From Blogs  —  Google has banned subscribers to its Korean blogging platform, Textcube (www.textcube.org), from uploading songs onto their blogs, citing the country's new anti-file sharing provisions aimed at thwarting online piracy.
Discussion: p2pnet and Lucas Gonze's blog
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rich mobile browser Skyfire launches faster version 1.0  —  Skyfire, a mobile browser that wants to bring the full desktop web experience to mobile phones, is taking its product out of beta testing today and launching version 1.0.  Sometimes, that's a signal that a service is ready for mass usage …
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Irving Azoff, CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment  —  As a longtime music executive and talent manager, Irving Azoff has had to find a way to work with everyone from inebriated rock stars to David Geffen.  But he's never had to placate Washington, D.C., before.
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
D7: An Interview With Liberty Media's John Malone
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
New Version of Skype Adds Screen Sharing
Discussion: CNET News and FierceVoIP
Benjamin Niolet / Raleigh News & Observer:
House approves tax incentives for Apple
Discussion: GigaOM
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Lawsuit Over Shazam Highlights The Difference Between Invention …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The World According to Twitter
Discussion: TechCrunch, Obsessable and Gadgetell
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Holodeck: StreetView In 360 Degrees
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 Earlier Items: 
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Crosses 60 Million Monthly US Users, But Fewer People Over 55 Coming Back
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Switched
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SanDisk Signs New Cross-License Deal With Samsung
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will It Cut 8GB iPhone Price To $99?
David Coursey / BizFeed:
Microsoft to Netbooks: Stay Tiny Or Pay the Price
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Time Warner To Decide On AOL Spinoff At Thursday Board Meeting …