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11:05 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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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: Web Strategy, Geekword and TechCrunch
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.
Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Dell Exits Gaming, Alienware Invades with New M17x Notebook  —  The PC game machine maker lifts the lid on a sleek new design and talks about the next level in the Alienware-Dell relationship.  —  Recommends  —  Ever since Dell bought a stake in Alienware, people have been wondering: What becomes of Dell's gaming-friendly XPS line?
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Alienware's M17X gaming laptop with twin GTX 280M GPUs truly is all powerful
Discussion: Softpedia News and VG247
Jon Lech / nanocr.eu:
Syncing music and video to the Palm Pre  —  Palm today announced that the Pre will sync seamlessly with iTunes: … Reading about this on blogs I've seen two clueless arguments being repeated: … That must be why in Palm's demo iTunes says “Syncing iPod” instead of “Syncing Pre” …
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John Paczkowski / D7 Highlights:
Rubinstein and McNamee: Remaking Palm
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
It's Time For Microsoft To Face Reality About Search And The Internet  —  Steve Ballmer did as good a job as he could have yesterday in balancing optimism about Microsoft's (MSFT) new “Bing” search service with the reality that it doesn't have much of a chance.
Discussion: New York Times
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Charlene Li / The Altimeter:
Microsoft Bing's focus on decisions is smart — but not a Google killer
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 …
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
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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
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Dan Rayburn / GigaOM:
The Streaming Content Is There, Just Not Enough People Watching — Yet
James Sherwood / The Register:
Sky dishes up iPlayer-style service for Xbox 360
Discussion: Gizmodo
PC World:
Bye-bye Kindle, E-reader Screens Coming for Netbooks  —  Netbook makers will soon play a larger role in the e-reader market if start-up Pixel Qi has anything to say about it.  —  The company, founded by former One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, will show off engineering samples …
Discussion: Engadget, CloudAve, TeleRead and Gizmodo
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
'Page's Law' Is Google Founder's Next-Best Shot at Immortality  —  Speaking at Google's developer's conference in San Francisco today, Sergey Brin launched some fresh nomenclature into the jargony culture of computer programmers: “Page's Law.”  He was trying to make a point about the speed …
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and The Register
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Watching Sergey Wander: A Sliver of Insight Into Google?
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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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So Much For Twitter's Trending Topics To Indicate Breaking News  —  Twitter's near real-time search capabilities and the ability for them and third parties to mine the collective data from user messages for indicators of what's buzzing online is the intrinsic core value of the company …
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.
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 …
Open Sources / InfoWorld:
What to expect from Microsoft and IBM keynotes at JavaOne  —  Will Microsoft and Sun announce Java Services for Azure?  —  While the future of JavaOne is anybody's guess, it's interesting to note that Microsoft and IBM are both delivering keynotes at JavaOne this year.
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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
 
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The culture of copying  —  Oh no: another boring report …
Discussion: The Register and paidContent
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Snapdragon Netbooks Called Smartbooks, Coming This Fall
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Google's Macro Software Threat
DSLreports:
Is Verizon Considering Metered Billing? …
Discussion: Post I.T.
Economist:
Born free  —  Open-source software firms are flourishing …
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Apple secretly updated 13-inch Unibody MacBook screens