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12:50 AM ET, June 2, 2009

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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
New iPhones approved in capacities from 4GB up to 32GB?  —  4GB to 32GB — that's one hell of a range, but we're hearing from a trusted source that new iPhones in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities just garnered approval by the PCS Type Review Certification Board, the standards body responsible …
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Fido's 2009 roadmap leaked; $99 4GB iPhone 3G?  —  Okay, so one of our Fido ninjas hit us up with some exclusive snaps of what is reportedly the entire roadmap for the rest of 2009.  We're very far away from being able to confirm this information — it actually made us pop about 50 antacid tablets …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:   Testing agency certifying new 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB iPhones? [U]
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Microsoft announces “Project Natal” motion controller for Xbox 360!  —  Yes, it's real.  Now you'll be able to change a tire... virtually.  At E3 today, Microsoft finally took the wraps off the that rumored motion controller we'd been hearing about.  Apparently the small, black device …
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Gizmodo:
Xbox Live Full Retail Games on Demand: Download Mass Effect, Bioshock and More
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
In preparation for iPhone 3.0, Apple posts iTunes 8.2  —  Apple on Monday released iTunes 8.2, an update to its music jukebox software and online store interface for the Mac and Windows.  It's available for download through the Software Update system preference.
Discussion: MacRumors, AppleInsider and TUAW
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Apple:
About the security content of iTunes 8.2  —  This document describes the security content of iTunes 8.2.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
iTunes 8.2 and QuickTime 7.6.2 released to the masses
Discussion: Macworld and The Mac Observer
Anil Sabharwal / Docs Blog:
The file formats keep on coming!  Announcing .xlsx and .docx support  —  I still remember the first time I was introduced to Google Docs by a friend.  I had one of those “aha” moments.  Here was a product where I could easily share documents with people all over the world …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Google Docs snipes at Office with .docx, .xlsx format uploads
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: A Verizon Deal Could Double iPhone Sales  —  Apple (AAPL) has a big decision to make: whether or not to extend its exclusive relationship with AT&T (T) for U.S. distribution of the iPhone.  (The current deal reportedly expires sometime in 2010.)  Verizon (VZ) would certainly …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
What is the Future of Twitter?  Only You Know  —  A larger, much more readable version of the above is here.  —  Yesterday during my keynote on the future of Twitter at the TWTRCON conference in San Francisco I decided to do something different.  For one day, at least …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Shooting at Bubbles and Beth's Blog, Thanks:atul
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
E-Books Are Hot, So Why Did E-Ink Sell for So Little?  —  Prime View International, a Taiwanese company that makes an e-readers display part, said today it would purchase E-Ink, a company that provides the digital ink technology in the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, for $215 million.
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Business Wire:
Prime View International Reaches Agreement to Acquire E Ink
Ben / The Fluther Blog:
An open letter to Jason Calacanis  —  Stop stealing our users' content.  Your Q&A website, Mahalo Answers, is hijacking content from our Q&A site, Fluther.  —  We get it.  You need to create doppelganger Twitter accounts to bolster your user base and create content.
Discussion: Sexy Widget
Jason Wilk / tinyComb:
Spotted: First In Line for The Pre  — Damn, I'm impressed.  One of our readers just sent over some photos showing what is now being confirmed as the first person in line for the Palm Pre (and no, it's not Greg Packer).  The linesitter, who did not provide a name, said …
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
BBC and Google in talks to launch international iPlayer site  —  Internet users may soon be able to watch full-length BBC television shows on a global version of its iPlayer catch-up TV service.  —  Sources close to the negotiations say that Mark Thompson, the BBC director general …
Scott Stein / Crave: The gadget blog:
Toshiba's NB250 Netbooks start at $350, have sleep-and-charge port  —  The Netbook arena keeps growing, but it's a good thing new features sprout up once in a while to keep our attention going.  Toshiba's NB250 line of Netbooks are on their way to the U.S., in two different form-factor flavors …
Discussion: Liliputing, SlashGear and Electronista
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Michael Orey / Business Week:
Supreme Court to Review ‘Business Method’ Patents  —  The high court will decide if such things as financial products and Internet commerce systems deserve intellectual-property protection  —  The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday, June 1, that it would take up a major issue …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sugar Media Say Buh-Bye to NBC Universal-Raises $16 Million From Sequoia Capital, Buys Shopflick and More  —  San Francisco-based Sugar Media, which specializes in Web sites aimed at women, cut its ties with NBC Universal by buying back its shares and got a Series C funding of $16 million from Sequoia Capitol.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Why China Isn't “The Next Silicon Valley”  —  Since I got home from China last week, I've found myself in a lot of conversations where phrases like “the next Silicon Valley,” or “just like Silicon Valley used to be,” keep coming up.  But while China is swimming in capital and littered with start-ups …
Thanks:atul
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AP: tech coming to stop “wholesale theft” on 'Net  —  It looks like the Associated Press is getting pretty close to deploying that ‘anti-misappropriation’ technology the news agency has been talking about.  Ars got an AP editor to give us some details.  —  Ever since the Associated Press warned …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cloudera, a Hadoop-focused Startup, Gets $6M In New Funding  —  Cloudera, a Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that is building commercial services around open-source software framework Hadoop, has closed $6 million in Series B funding, bringing the total raised by the company to $11 million.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
The Award for Most Bitterly Ironic Media Award Goes to ...  Why Is a Journalism School Honoring a Blog Mogul Who Thinks Journalists Should Work for Free?  —  And the award for the Most Bitterly Ironic Media Award goes to ... the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
The One Fiber Optic Cable No One on the Dig for Tysons Rail Wants to Hit  —  This part happens all the time: A construction crew putting up an office building in the heart of Tysons Corner a few years ago hit a fiber optic cable no one knew was there.  —  This part doesn't: Within moments …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Best Buy issues memo warning of iPhone constraints  —  Best Buy over the weekend became the latest Apple partner to warn staffers of dwindling iPhone supply that could leave some of its stores without product to sell for a few weeks later this month.  —  In a memo from its corporate division …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Carl's Jr. Makes New Kind of Network Buy  —  Burger promo leans on vast reach of YouTube content creators  —  NEW YORK Justine Ezarik might not be a household name, but the 25-year-old has a cable TV-size audience.  The only difference: Ezarik's audience is on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Wyatt Kash / gcn.com:
Kundra pushes case for adopting Web 2.0
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dong Ngo / CNET News:
U.S. military joins Twitter, Facebook
Discussion: AP News
The Star Online:
Bill to lure Apple heads to the governor
Discussion: Associated Press and MacNN
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles:
More job losses for Silicon Valley?
Discussion: Gartner and eWeek
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas blogger jailed after failing to turn PC over to judge
Discussion: digg.com
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun shoots its final Open Solaris arrows
Discussion: eWeek and OStatic blogs
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Google's Android falling behind the iPhone