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7:40 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Just Happened?  Thursday Was Supposed To Be Bing Day.  —  Everyone knew today was the day that Microsoft was going to launch their new search engine.  Everyone's been talking about it for months, and the press and marketing efforts were carefully tailored to maximize the impact.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Marketing Nirvana, Thanks:shankargan
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Is Wave Bloatware?  —  Google has published a video of this morning's demo of Wave-its radically ambitious upcoming service which aims to be what e-mail should be and meld it with IM, allow for real-time dozument sharing, provide instant photo sharing, revolutionize spell checking …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Meet Bing, Microsoft's New Search Engine  —  The speculation is over.  Microsoft's search engine officially has a new name, Bing.  The name, along with some new features, opens the latest chapter in Microsoft's quest to best Google in the search engine wars.
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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.
Charlene Li / The Altimeter:
Microsoft Bing's focus on decisions is smart — but not a Google killer
Discussion: I4U News and PC World
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
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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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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David Worthington / Technologizer:
The Zune HD is Only HD to a Point
Thanks:edoswald
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
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Snapdragon Netbooks Called Smartbooks, Coming This Fall  —  As I was out running some errands earlier today, Stacey over at the main GigaOm site did a little catching up with Qualcomm.  Last time I met with them, they showed me some very basic netbook prototypes with tons of potential …
Discussion: CNET News, GigaOM, SlashGear and Liliputing
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
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Pre Default Ringtone Leaks Out  —  Want to hear the Palm Pre's default ringtone?  Heck, want to download it to use now?  Here you go, courtesy of an anonymous tipster:  —  Download it directly with this link  —  For those that are curious, the ringtone was composed by Roger Bourland …
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
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
Darren Waters / BBC:
Sky puts content on Xbox console  —  British broadcaster Sky has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see live football, TV and film content brought to the Xbox 360.  —  The deal marks the Xbox's first move into live linear broadcast TV.  —  Rival consoles, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii …
Discussion: Engadget and VG247
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 …
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The culture of copying  —  Oh no: another boring report about piracy by a strange body with an obscure title.  —  That was my first reaction on getting hold of Copycats?  Digital Consumers in the Online Age [2.76Mb PDF] - a report for the Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property.
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Electronic Arts Makes Big Play for Online Services  —  Videogame Publisher to Unveil Plans for Web Version of Its Popular Tiger Woods Golf Game; Some Titles Will be Free  —  Free or low-priced online services have squeezed profits from many businesses.  But John Riccitiello is placing …
 
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Fake Carol Bartz / The Secret Diary of Carol Bartz:
I Know What Yahoo Is  —  Yesterday was another busy day.
Thom Holwerda / OSNews:
KOffice 2.0.0 Released  —  While most people focus on Microsoft Office …
Discussion: KOffice.org
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Michigan man sentenced for fraud
Discussion: The Register
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Google's Macro Software Threat
Paul Carr / Guardian:
The truth at Last  —  Episode 29: In which I'm reminded that …
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Is Verizon Considering Metered Billing? …
Discussion: Post I.T.
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Playdom Grows Up: Switches To Studio Model, Lands Top Talent
Discussion: paidContent.org
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Audience Head Jeff Dossett Departs Company
Discussion: Pulse2 and paidContent.org
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Former Facebook CTO, Lead Platform Engineer Join Forces to Start Alma Networks
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Patents of Steve Jobs
Discussion: PC World and Gadget Lab, Thanks:marieadomingo
John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Mozilla: In the Shadow of the “Don't-Be-Evil Bulldozer”