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6:15 PM ET, May 29, 2009

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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 …
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, iTnews Australia and AppScout
Victor Godinez / techblog.dallasnews.com:
Obama announces creation of “cyber czar” post
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft: No more three-app limit in Windows 7 Starter Edition
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.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog, MacRumors and digg.com
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
MTV's ‘Alexa Chung’ tunes in to Facebook, Twitter  —  Can you really take everything that's going on with movies, TV shows, music, Internet memes, and social media, and wrangle it all into an hour of live television?  MTV believes it can—with some help from Twitter, Facebook …
Discussion: Mashable! and TheNextWeb.com
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New BlackBerry Storm OS coming to Verizon on May 31st  —  So let it be written, so let it be done.  Rejoice, Verizon Storm owners, because the OS update you've been literally dying for has finally arrived.  We just received official word from our pals at VZW that a new Storm OS, 4.7.0.148, will be released on Sunday, May 31st at 3pm.
Facebook:
Payments Terms Question and Answers  —  Q: Are you going to start charging for Facebook?  —  No, the new payments terms cover purchases you make on the site, Facebook is and will continue to be a free service.  —  Q: What is a credit?  —  Credits are a form of payment you can use on Facebook.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jolie O'Dell / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft Launching Real Time-Focused IE8 Bundled with OneRiot Search  —  In addition to preparing for the launch of Bing, Microsoft's much-hyped semantic search product slated to replace Live Search, the company has also announced a standalone product optimized for real time web search.
Discussion: Channel 10, Geekword and MarketingVOX
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft not only firm banning IM access to U.S. enemy nations  —  But it's unclear how effective the measures will be at preventing access  —  Computerworld - Besides Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and possibly AOL LLC have also cut access to their instant messaging services to citizens …
Discussion: LiveSide
 
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Spymaster: The Twitter Game That Will Assassinate Your Time
Discussion: VentureBeat and joestump.net
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
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Donald Bell / CNET News:
Booksfree spells relief for audiobook addicts
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Open Letter To Google & The AP: Reveal The Licensing Terms
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and Techdirt
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Chrome, Firefox, IE8 accelerate 12% or more in Windows 7 over Vista
Discussion: OSNews
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
Gigabyte Touchnote Screen Gestures in Action. Useful and Fun!
Discussion: Liliputing and GottaBeMobile.com
Gordon Haff / CNET News:
IBM building ‘green’ data center at Syracuse
Discussion: eWeek
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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
Steve O'Hear / last100:
Hands-on impressions of Nokia's N97 [video]
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Darren Waters / BBC:
Sky puts content on Xbox console
Discussion: CrunchGear and VG247
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile G2 (Google Ion) Review: Most Improved Award