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Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Tech DEMO: Plastic Logic  —  Amazon (AMZN) isn't the only company that wants you to read books and newspapers on a handheld device.  The Kindle has a bevy of competitors, some of which already exist-like Sony's (SNE) Reader-and those that have yet to hit the market.  Plastic Logic falls in the second category.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Mag:
Hands-On With Plastic Logic Reader
Discussion: Gadget Lab
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Next-Generation iPhone 3G Parts Revealed by Chinese Wholesaler?  —  Wholesaler China Ontrade.com has posted parts from the next-generation iPhone 3G 2009: The LCD screen and the middle internal bezel.  They even have pictures comparing the new parts to the old ones:  —  The wholesaler says the following in their site:
Discussion: Crave and 9 to 5 Mac
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Purported next-gen iPhone bezel shows speaker, color changes
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 …
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Google: Expect 18 Android Phones by Year's End  —  Summer Of '09 Phone War update: By year's end, there will be at least 18 phones on the market worldwide based on the Android operating system, Google disclosed for the first time today.  —  Andy Rubin, senior director for Mobile Platforms …
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Best Buy Backs a Digital Media Venture Fund  —  Best Buy, the consumer electronics retailer, wants to finance the next hot digital media start-up.  —  Best Buy is supplying the capital for a new digital media investment fund that will be managed by Velocity Interactive Group, which also happens to be changing its name to Fuse Capital.
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 …
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Reuters:   AT&T eyes sale of Palm Pre in future
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Android 2.0 “Donut” features demoed at Google I/O  —  We're still trying to get used to the overwhelming joy of having Cupcake installed on our G1s, but it's full steam ahead over at Google where engineers are already slaving away on the Donut branch that'll eventually come to be known as Android 2.0.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre First Hands On!  —  Yes — you're looking at the first site in the world to have a Palm Pre (or at least be able to post it up).  There's so much to say but that's going to have to wait for our full review.  In the meantime, here's a couple first impressions of the phone and a few more photos after the break:
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Landmark study: DRM truly does make pirates out of us all  —  It's a well-known story by now: Europe, the US, and plenty of other countries have made it generally illegal to circumvent DRM, even when users want to do something legal with the content.  Sure, it sounds bad and Ars complains …
Discussion: TeleRead
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Cuban: Internet video progress ‘disappointing’  —  CARLSBAD, Calif.—Mark Cuban says that despite the growth of YouTube, the Internet video market over the last decade has actually been a disappointment.  —  The problem, he said, is that when Google bought YouTube it focused on ubiquity rather than making money.
Peter Kafka / D7 Highlights:
D7 Interview: Jon Miller and Owen Van Natta Say MySpace Needs to Innovate  —  A couple of years ago, MySpace was the hottest thing on the Web.  But that was a couple of years ago.  Now the social network has gone cold: It is losing audience to Facebook and other sites and may well lose a very lucrative search deal from Google (GOOG).
Mickey Kataria / Google Geo Developers Blog:
Announcing Google Maps API v3  —  Since our last major release of the JavaScript Maps API three years ago we've been delivering feature requests that all of you have been asking for month over month.  With over 150,000 active websites implementing it, the Maps API has become one of the most popular …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Sergey Brin: Newspapers can still prosper but need time to “figure it out”  —  Google co-founder Sergey Brin was cornered with a hot-topic question at the tail end of a press conference at the Google I/O Developer's Conference.  A “mainstream media” reporter from Australia wanted …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
Discussion: CNET News and The Register
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Google and Salesforce.com Join Clouds  —  Google and Salesforce.com said today at the Google I/O Developer Conference that their platforms as a service will talk with one another.  Using the libraries provided by Force.com for Google App Engine, developers can now access the data stored …
Discussion: PR Newswire, eWeek and CNET News
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius XM Posts Screenshot Of iPhone App  —  Today is Sirius XM's shareholder summit, and the SEC just published Mel Karmazin's PowerPoint presentation.  One of the slides includes a screenshot of its forthcoming iPhone app, which the company hopes will be a growth driver/subscriber retainer.
Oliver J. Chiang / D7 Highlights:
D7 Tech Demo: Immersion  —  Immersion (IMMR) is the company behind haptic, or touch feedback, technology for some videogame consoles and cellphones.  At D7, the company will reveal two of its newest technologies: TouchSense for touchscreen keyboards and Immersive Messaging.
PC World:
Intel's New Core I7 Chips Surface on Retail Sites  —  New Core i7 processors from Intel have surfaced on retail sites, giving early details of the new Nehalem-based processors ahead of the company's official launch of the chips.  —  Multiple retail sites on Wednesday were taking orders …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
WTIA: Draper says best time ever to start business  —  Venture capitalist Tim Draper gave entrepreneurs a pep talk, mixed with some politics, at the WTIA Fast Pitch Forum today.  —  Draper, founder and managing director of Silicon Valley venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson …
Discussion: TechFlash and PE Hub Blog
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Pics: Google Latitude On The iPhone — But It's Not A Native App  —  Today during its keynote address during Google I/O, Google showed off its Latitude location-based service running on the iPhone.  This is notable because so far, Latitude hasn't been available on the huge popular smartphone.
Discussion: VentureBeat and 9 to 5 Mac
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Google Web Elements: Easier Widgets for Your Blog  —  Google is holding its Google I/O developers' conference in San Francisco this week, and among the bits of news from this morning's keynote address is the launch of Google Web Elements, a new feature for adding snippets of information to a blog or personal site.
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
New Yorker iPhone Cover Boosts Sales for Brushes App  —  Artist Jorge Colombo may have drawn the dreamy, nocturnal cityscape of Manhattan on the June 1 cover, using his iPhone, but a software engineer named Steve Sprang built Brushes, the iPhone application that transformed Mr. Columbo's swipes into digital strokes.
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Finally, Zensify's iPhone app shows key word trends across your social graph
Ben Robinson / IntoMobile:
Good Technology acquires Intercasting Corporation
Discussion: Good Technology and Phone Scoop
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Music Labels Cut Friendlier Deals With Start-Ups
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Federal court upholds FCC ban on exclusive cable deals
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
New Version of Skype Adds Screen Sharing
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
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Discussion: Mashable!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
PeopleBrowsr Tosses Its Hat In The Twitter/Facebook Desktop Client Ring
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and louisgray.com
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
The iPhone casts a giant shadow on the Web