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5:05 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 and Ajaxian
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google Wave: The Full Video From Google IO
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Video Interview With The Google Wave Founders
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine
Discussion: eWeek, TechCrunch, The Register and Guardian
Aaron Task / Yahoo! Finance:
Woz-Bing!  Apple Co-Founder a “Big Fan” of Microsoft's New Search Engine
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Hands On: Photos and Video Tour  —  Having just played with a prototype for a few minutes, I'm really impressed with the Zune HD.  I've got a video, too, showing off how well the animations work.  —  The device is tighter and more physically beautiful than the iPod Touch and it's got a better UI …
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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
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: NEWS.com.au, Gawker and Laughing Squid
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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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  —  Apparently there was a big meeting of news executives today in Chicago under the auspices of the Newspaper Association of America.  The de jure name for the topic at hand was “Models to Monetize Content” …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G2 (Google Ion) Review: Most Improved Award  —  Not only does the T-Mobile G2/HTC Magic/Google Ion phone improve on original T-Mobile G1 in just about every way, it manages to do it while cutting down significantly on the size.  The only thing it doesn't have going for it is a hardware keyboard.
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 …
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 and SlashGear
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” …
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
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: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Experts: Gumblar attack is alive, worse than Conficker  —  The Web site compromise attack known as Gumblar has added new domain names that are downloading malware onto unsuspecting computers, stealing FTP credentials to compromise more sites, and tampering with Web traffic, a security firm said on Thursday.
Discussion: ScanSafe STAT Blog
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.
 
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