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7:55 PM ET, May 29, 2009

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The White House:
Securing Our Digital Future  —  Melissa Hathaway, Cybersecurity Chief at the National Security Council, discusses securing our nation's digital future:  —  The globally-interconnected digital information and communications infrastructure known as cyberspace underpins almost every facet …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google's Top Policy Executive to Join Obama Administration  —  Andrew McLaughlin, Google's head of global public policy, is leaving the company to join the Obama administration, according to two people with knowledge of Mr. McLaughlin's plans.  —  Mr. McLaughlin will be deputy chief technology officer …
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Obama announces creation of “cyber czar” post
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Palm Pre Review  —  We know, we know.  You wanted the review sooner.  Well, you know what?  It's here now and we've busted through this handset like a Japanese tourist with an SLR in Times Square.  So how does the Pre stack up against the competition?  Can it contend with the top …
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.
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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.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Let's talk about Windows 7 Starter  —  There has been a lot of talk recently about Windows 7 Starter, so I thought I'd dive a little deeper into what it means to have this edition of Windows 7 running on a small notebook PC (a.k.a. a netbook).  —  Today, the Starter edition of Windows …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft: No more three-app limit in Windows 7 Starter Edition
Discussion: The Register
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
New Mac clone maker to open retail store in Calif.  —  The idea of creating a Mac clone complete with Mac OS X is not a new concept.  However, one company is taking its entry into the clone market a step further by opening a retail store in the Los Angeles area.
Arn / MacRumors:
New Comparison Photo of Matte iPhone Enclosure?  —  In February, the first images depicting the back casing of an unreleased iPhone began circulating around the Internet.  The images showed a matte finish to the casing, but looked otherwise identical to the current iPhone enclosure.
AppleInsider:
A glimpse at Snow Leopard's more subtle refinements  —  While many of the changes present in betas of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard have been discussed at length by Apple followers, one tester has taken to the web with observations on some of the more subtle refinements spread through the most recent build of the next-gen operating system.
Discussion: The Apple Core and MacFixIt
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswire:
Sprint Has Palm Pre Exclusive Through 2009  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp.'s (S) exclusivity agreement with Palm Inc. (PALM) and its Pre smartphone runs through the year, according to a Sprint spokesman.  —  “We have the Pre through 2009,” said spokesman James Fisher.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint responds to Verizon CEO's comments concerning Palm Pre  —  Following some comments yesterday from Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, the Internet exploded.  The highlight of course was the un-revalation that Verizon would be adding the Palm Pre to it's portfolio once Sprint's exclusivity expires.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Joe / joestump.net:
Zombies and sheep tossing comes to Twitter  —  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Spam-based viral applications, first made popular on Facebook's platform, have come to Twitter in the form of Spymaster.  The #spymaster tag is trending on Twitter's search right now and, judging by my own stream, a bunch of people are playing it.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:eldon
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Spymaster: The Twitter Game That Will Assassinate Your Time
Discussion: AppScout
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Games: Another reason why Twitter needs filters
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 document sharing, provide instant photo sharing, revolutionize spell checking …
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AppleInsider:
Apple briefs staff on wireless iPhone movie and TV downloads  —  The iPhone 3.0 operating system release will include new support for direct downloads of movie and TV content from the iTunes Store, according to people familiar with Apple's internal training materials.
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: Gearlog, VG247, Softpedia News and Crave
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Walking Dead: Yahoo 360 Officially Closes, Again  —  Yahoo 360, which was supposed to close early last year, is finally officially shutting its doors on July 13, according to a blog post written on the site today.  The social network/blogging service that nobody really used (except in Vietnam) …
Vincent Vanhoucke / Google Mobile Blog:
Nearby Intersections on GOOG-411  —  It is amazing how much information can be displayed on even the smallest map, yet we sometimes forget that geographic content is not always available visually.  —  If you're out and about, you can call GOOG-411 and get local information about businesses.
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 …
David Wilkes / Daily Mail:
Facebook forced to lift ban on breast cancer victim's ‘sexual and abusive’ mastectomy scar photos  —  After having a mastectomy, Sharon Adams decided to raise awareness of breast cancer by posting photographs of her scar on Facebook.  —  They were accompanied by a description of the mother …
Discussion: Valleywag and Fox News
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Jay-Z and Eminem spin a musical game out of ‘DJ Hero’  —  The upcoming DJ Hero video game just landed two heavy hitters as MCs: Jay-Z and Eminem.  —  Both rappers are bringing their music to the newest offshoot of Activision's successful $2 billion Guitar Hero franchise.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
It's Heeerrre: Pay With Facebook Is In The Wild  —  Earlier today we wrote about Facebook updating its terms to get ready for the roll-out of its payment system.  Well guess what, it's already here.  —  The application GroupCard is currently testing the new payment system live for all accounts that have it installed.
Discussion: Facebook
James Niccolai / Computerworld:
Google may strip ‘beta’ tag from some apps  —  IDG News Service - Google may be ready to remove the “beta” tag from some of its online applications in a move to widen their appeal among paying business customers, company officials suggested Wednesday.  —  Google is known for keeping the …
Agence France Presse:
Color Kindle ‘multiple’ years away: Amazon CEO  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that the online retail giant may never reveal sales figures for the Kindle and a color version of the electronic reader is “multiple” years away.
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Page Likes And Comments Become Public Information
Discussion: VentureBeat
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Acknowledges ‘Debacle’ …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senate goes medieval on Web loyalty programs, monthly fees
Discussion: Techgeist
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Delicate Dance in Vietnam
Thanks:dmac1
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MTV's ‘Alexa Chung’ tunes in to Facebook, Twitter
Discussion: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft not only firm banning IM access to U.S. enemy nations
Discussion: LiveSide and iGeneration
Donald Bell / CNET News:
Booksfree spells relief for audiobook addicts
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Google & The AP: Reveal The Licensing Terms
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and Techdirt
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New BlackBerry Storm OS coming to Verizon on May 31st
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launching Real Time-Focused IE8 Bundled with OneRiot Search
Discussion: Channel 10, Geekword and MarketingVOX
Chris Connolly / HotHardware.com News:
Windows 7 HD and SSD Performance Analyzed
Discussion: SlashGear and Slashdot
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Dell aspires to be top Asia PC brand by 2012
Discussion: TechSpot
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
So Much For Twitter's Trending Topics To Indicate Breaking News