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12:55 PM ET, May 27, 2009

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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.
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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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John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson  —  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, future-proofing its business as our appetites …
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone casts a giant shadow on the Web
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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Brad Stone / Bits:
Twitter Founders Say They're In for the Long Haul
Discussion: Digits, Beet.TV and D7 Highlights
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.
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Rich mobile browser Skyfire launches 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 …
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'll be covering it live.  Find my notes below.  —  Live notes:  — They're showing off some Chrome JavaScript goodness set to some odd tribal music.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNET News
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
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, AppScout and digg.com
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.
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Ovi Store Running Smoothly After Opening Day Glitches  —  Nokia's Ovi Store launched on May 26 to considerable media attention and a number of high-profile glitches.  Those issues have been largely fixed, but Nokia still needs to attract developers and their mobile applications in order …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Will It Cut 8GB iPhone Price To $99?  —  Is Apple (AAPL) going to attack the low end of the smartphone market with a big price cut in the 8 GB version of the iPhone?  —  RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky thinks they might.  In a research note this morning, he notes that the company …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
‘Cashmere’: Another (possible) destination on Microsoft's embedded roadmap  —  Microsoft is considering releasing this year a new version of the core embedded operating system that powers Windows Mobile phones and other devices.  That new Windows Embedded Compact release, codenamed “Cashmere …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WMExperts
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Holodeck: StreetView In 360 Degrees  —  Google StreetView images are pretty cool, in how you can virtually spin around and see what's on a street in all directions.  But far cooler is a Google StreetView “Holodeck” simulator that Google has at its Mountain View campus.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and MacDailyNews
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.
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.
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 …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
The Future is ChicagoNow  —  It's been eminently fashionable to bash Sam Zell for his gutting of Tribune Co., and with good reason—a copy of the Baltimore Sun I saw recently looked about as substantial as a cocktail napkin, and that was before the Sun's latest newsroom layoffs.
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
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 …
Reuters:
Intel sees netbook cannibalisation at about 20 pct  —  * Netbook cannibalisation of notebook market at 20 pct  —  * Inventories now seen in balance with demand  —  Cannibalisation of laptop computer sales by lower-priced netbooks is currently about 20 percent, “less than speculation” …
Discussion: GigaOM, The Register and SlashGear
 
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Gmail and IMAP: Pushes with IMAP IDLE
David Hatch / National Journal Online:
Obama Adviser Eyes Government-Built Broadband System
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Wall Street Journal:
Cable Industry Weighs Its Approach to Targeted Ads
Discussion: DSLreports, Epicenter and FierceIPTV
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Crosses 60 Million Monthly US Users, But Fewer People Over 55 Coming Back
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Head of Yahoo Video Division to Leave
Matt Richtel / Bits:
A Nintendo Phone? Not Our Thing, Executive Says
Discussion: mocoNews
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SanDisk Signs New Cross-License Deal With Samsung
Jeffrey Burt / eWeek:
HP Expands Thin-Client Offerings
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asus EeeNAS 1TB Backup Device Joins Atom Family
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
IBM earmarks $3 billion for Europe and Asia stimulus
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
UK broadband ‘notspots’ revealed
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Forrester / Rapid TV News:
BSkyB link with Microsoft on X-Box
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Can eBay rebrand itself as the Web's Wal-Mart?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Hints of a Tech Gold Mine in the Stimulus Package
Discussion: ZDNet Government