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9:35 PM ET, June 1, 2009

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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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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Xbox Live gets 1080p Zune video store, Netflix browsing, Twitter and Facebook integration  —  Microsoft is busy announcing a slew of upgrades to Xbox Live, and the biggest news so far is relaunch of the video service, now Zune-branded with 1080p instant-on streaming content in 18 countries.
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, MacRumors and Unwired View
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:   Testing agency certifying new 4GB, 8GB, 16GB & 32GB iPhones? [U]
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
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: AppleInsider, MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and TUAW
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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 …
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 …
Business Wire:
Prime View International Reaches Agreement to Acquire E Ink  —  Combination will Accelerate Global Shift to Electronic Reading for Savings and Convenience  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Prime View International ("PVI") (8069.TW), a leading small and medium display provider …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
E-Books Are Hot, So Why Did E-Ink Sell for So Little?
Discussion: Technologizer, PC World and TeleRead
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
PR Newswire:
EMC Proposes to Acquire Data Domain for $30.00 Per Share in Cash  — Data Domain, Inc. - , EMC Corporation … EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC - News), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today proposed to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Data Domain, Inc. …
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DealBook:
EMC Tops NetApp's Bid for Data Domain
Discussion: Pulse2
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.
Michael Bush / AdAge:
Showtime Taps Amazon's Kindle for Advertising  —  Cable Network Uses E-Reader to Promote ‘Nurse Jackie’  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Showtime may have finally cracked the code on using Kindle as an ad medium.  Starting today the cable network is offering Kindle users a free …
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!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Now You Also Can Call Bing 411.  —  Lost in all the excitement around today's public preview launch of Bing, Microsoft's new search engine, was the subsequent launch of Bing 411.  This is a direct swipe at another Google product, GOOG-411.  —  Both are free and both use speech-to-text technology …
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles:
More job losses for Silicon Valley?  —  Shipments of computer servers dropped to historic lows last quarter, and so did revenue.  They were down for all vendors in all markets — a drop of around 24 percent, an even steeper decline than in the previous quarter when the stock market fell, Gartner said Monday.
Discussion: eWeek and Gartner
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, and breaking our terms of service.  —  We get it.  You need to create doppelganger Twitter accounts to bolster your user base and create content.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun shoots its final Open Solaris arrows  —  This may be the last CommunityOne event for Sun as an independent company, and if it is the company is going out with an open source bang.  —  Sun is putting everything it has into the new version of Open Solaris, dubbed 2009.06 …
Discussion: eWeek and OStatic blogs
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.
 
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The Star Online:
Bill to lure Apple heads to the governor
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Michael Orey / Business Week:
Supreme Court to Review ‘Business Method’ Patents
Discussion: New York Times
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Online Textbook Rental Firm Hires Former Ask.com CEO Safka
Discussion: PR Newswire and Pulse2
Michael Oryl / Android Authority:
Acer joins Open Handset Alliance, says devices planned for Q4 2009
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas blogger jailed after failing to turn PC over to judge
Discussion: digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Cast Out, but Still Reporting
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Tech's painful Dow hangover
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Google's Android falling behind the iPhone
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Chip Not Likely June 8
Discussion: The Apple Core
Cameron Wilmot / TweakTown News:
Eee PC spotted running Android + Qualcomm 1GHz CPU