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1:00 AM ET, May 29, 2009

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Lars Rasmussen / The Official Google Blog:
Went Walkabout.  Brought back Google Wave.  —  Back in early 2004, Google took an interest in a tiny mapping startup called Where 2 Tech, founded by my brother Jens and me.  We were excited to join Google and help create what would become Google Maps.  But we also started thinking about what might come next for us after maps.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wave Drips With Ambition.  A New Communication Platform For A New Web.  —  Yesterday, during the Google I/O keynote, Google's VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, laid out a grand vision for the direction Google sees the web heading towards with the move to the HTML 5 standard.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Wave: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?  —  Yesterday's Google I/O keynote highlighted the power of HTML 5 to match functionality long experienced in desktop applications.  This morning, Google plans to announce an HTML 5-based application - still very much in the early stages …
Discussion: Gabor hits Send
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Wave: The Full Video From Google IO
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:   Sergey Brin: Google Wave Will Set A New Benchmark For Interactivity
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Bing!  Microsoft Prepares For War With A Revamped Search Engine (Screenshots)  —  Today, Microsoft publicly unveiled its soon-to-launch search engine Bing.  It will become available over the next few days, and be fully launched by June 3.  On the surface, Bing has a distinct gloss.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Bing Vs Google: Head To Head Search Results  —  Let's just get it out of the way: no, Bing is not a “Google Killer.”  It's also safe to say that Microsoft doesn't see it that way either.  My understanding of what Microsoft believes it has in Bing is a much more competitive product than Live Search.
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Bing!  —  “Search and advertising, we are a small share....It's all about Google.  They have share, we don't have share.”  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that back in February, and according to the latest metrics from comScore (SCOR), it's as true today as it was then.
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Woz-Bing!  Apple Co-Founder a “Big Fan” of Microsoft's New Search Engine
Discussion: TechFlash and Network World
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Launches Desktop App, Forbids Use on Anything Other than PCs  —  After beating competitors like Joost by choosing to go to the web rather than the desktop, and shutting out third-party apps that enable its videos on desktops or other devices like MyMediaPlayer and Boxee …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
So That's Why Hulu Hates Boxee  —  Hulu, the popular television content aggregator backed by major Hollywood companies, today launched a desktop application that can only be used on PCs.  Of course, we wouldn't expect the company to do it any other way — after all, if it ran on set-top boxes …
Eric F. / Hulu Blog:
Lab Doors Are Open
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Steve Ballmer demos the Zune HD for Engadget!
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Rubinstein and McNamee: Remaking Palm  —  What a wonderful curative the Palm Pre has proven to be for Palm.  Especially for a device that's not yet shipped.  In early January of this year, the company's shares were trading below $3, having been dragged deep into the mud by a string of nasty quarterly losses.
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology  —  Wikioperating Thetan Level Zero  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned …
Discussion: HotHardware.com News and Gawker
James Warren / Atlantic Correspondents:
Shhhh.  Newspaper Publishers Are Quietly Holding a Very, Very Important Conclave Today.  Will You Soon Be Paying for Online Content?  —  Here's a story the newspaper industry's upper echelon apparently kept from its anxious newsrooms: A discreet Thursday meeting in Chicago about their future.
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   How charging for articles could hobble the future of journalism
Reuters:
Verizon to sell Palm Pre, new BlackBerry Storm  —  *Verizon to sell Palm Pre, new BlackBerry storm  —  *Palm shares rise 11 pct, Sprint shares fall 3 pct  —  Verizon Wireless plans to start selling Palm Inc's (PALM.O) Pre and a new version of the touchscreen BlackBerry Storm in about six months …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Google's Macro Software Threat  —  Parlez-vous Excel?  This story is for you.  —  A couple micro-tweaks suggest that Google is becoming a macro-threat to Microsoft's business software division.  —  The Internet giant announced Wednesday a new feature called “Google Apps Script” …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Watching Sergey Wander: A Sliver of Insight Into Google?  —  Sometimes it's the littlest things that reveal the most, and I had that experience today just watching Google cofounder Sergey Brin walk a couple of San Francisco city blocks.  —  For the second day in a row at Google's …
Discussion: PC World
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens  —  If you've bought a 13-inch Unibody MacBook in the last few weeks, you might be in for a pleasant surprise.  Apple has secretly updated the screens on recent MacBooks to a significantly higher quality.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Gizmodo
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Audience Head Jeff Dossett Departs Company  —  Yahoo's SVP of North American Audience, Jeff Dossett, is leaving the company.  —  Reasons for the departure are personal, said sources, who said that Dossett (pictured here) is most likely to do a start-up.
Economist:
Born free  —  Open-source software firms are flourishing, but are also becoming less distinctive  —  MANY technology firms are floundering amid the recession.  But many of the ones that offer services tied to open-source software—free programs written by volunteers who collaborate online—are boasting double-digit growth.
Discussion: The Open Road and 451 CAOS Theory
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SourceForge Acquires Open Source Data Community Ohloh  —  SourceForge, a tech news and e-commerce network has acquired Ohloh, a social network for developers and directory of open source projects, for an undisclosed amount.  —  SourceForge owns and operates a number of tech media websites …
 
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Paul Carr / Guardian:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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