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5:40 AM ET, May 27, 2009

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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.
Discussion: PC World, Thanks:marieadomingo
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
Arn / MacRumors:   Next Generation iPhone Case to Have Matte Finish? Enhanced 3G?
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.
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: Softpedia News and Twitter Blog
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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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 …
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
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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Intel:   Intel Previews Intel Xeon® ‘Nehalem-EX’ Processor
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Can eBay rebrand itself as the Web's Wal-Mart?  —  Ebay has a problem: It's viewed as a quirky second-hand bazaar.  That has stunted the company's growth, as shoppers in search of instant bargains bypass eBay in favor of Amazon or Google.  —  eBay's Buy It Now button, in theory, lets shoppers instantly consummate a purchase.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Hints of a Tech Gold Mine in the Stimulus Package  —  The headline technology winners in the government's economic stimulus package have been electronic health records and smart grids, where computing is front and center.  Many billions have been pledged to these obviously high-tech fields.
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 …
Gary L. Reback / Forbes:
Animating Antitrust  —  Why U.S. industry needs a revitalized antitrust division. … PALO ALTO, CALIF. — A couple of weeks ago, the new Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, Christine Varney, publicly repudiated a controversial report issued in the fall of 2008 by the Bush Justice Department.
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
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Discussion: AdAge and the Econsultancy blog
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
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