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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:
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Datamation:
Why the Palm Pre Will Fail
Discussion: The Raw Feed and TheAppleBlog
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Scooplet: the Palm Pre syncs with iTunes
Discussion: My Pre, Thanks:johnboot185
Reuters:
AT&T eyes sale of Palm Pre in future
Discussion: D7 Highlights
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Purported next-gen iPhone bezel shows speaker, color changes  —  Images from Hong Kong depict several significant changes from the bezels of prior iPhones to the next-generation model, if their source is to be believed.  Listings pages from Hong Kong-based part vendor China Ontrade depict …
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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:
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 …
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
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 …
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Sergey Brin On Newspapers, Breaking “Page's Law” …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Knows Stuff About Computers  —  Pundits have framed President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as a judicial equivalent to her predecessor.  Not quite: Justice Souter is a proud luddite who has never owned a computer.  Sotomayor, on the other hand, is a nerd.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet GigaOM Pro, Our Subscription-Only Research Service  —  When I was looking for funding for GigaOM nearly three years ago, I had a very simple, four-slide PowerPoint presentation that I showed to potential investors.  Two slides focused on the past, but the other two — the “money slides” — focused on my plan to build the company.
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.
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.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
The Web's most dangerous keywords to search for  —  Which is the most dangerous keyword to search for using public search engines these days?  It's “screensavers” with a maximum risk of 59.1 percent, according to McAfee's recently released report “The Web's Most Dangerous Search Terms”.
Discussion: McAfee Newsroom
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Spotify releases video of Android app in development  —  Spotify, the streaming music service which is gradually gathering a large fan-base in Europe, has been plotting a mobile version.  It recently hired a head of mobile and the speculation was that it would come out with an iPhone app first after releasing a teaser video.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL Spin-Off Approved Last Night By Time Warner Board: Here's the Inside Details (Not in the Press Release)  —  While there were reports that the Time Warner board was meeting today to approve the spin-off of its AOL online unit, it actually gave the move an “enthusiastic endorsement” last night, according to sources.
Discussion: CNET News and Between the Lines
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 …
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
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
Telegraph:
Germany to investigate leak of election result on Twitter  —  Twitter, the microblogging website, is at the centre of a political furore in Germany, after MPs used it to leak news of the president's re-election.  —  News that Hörst Köhler had been re-elected as German president …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Dell Joins the Budget Ultrathin Party With 14-Inch, $649 Studio 14z  —  Ok, this trend is really growing some legs.  Dell has just announced and made available their Studio 14z, a $649 optical-driveless budget ultralight with a 16:9 HD screen, Nvidia 9400m graphics and a 14-inch screen.
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 …
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Honolulu Completes Internet/Telephone-Only Election  —  A few folks have submitted various versions of the news that Honolulu has concluded a city election of council members using only internet or telephone voting.  Similar systems have been tried elsewhere, but for the most part …
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
 
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