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5:20 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.
Gizmodo:
Xbox Live Full Retail Games on Demand: Download Mass Effect, Bioshock and More
Discussion: Engadget
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Preparing to Sell E-Books, Google Takes on Amazon  —  Google appears to be throwing down the gauntlet in the e-book market.  —  In discussions with publishers at the annual BookExpo convention in New York over the weekend, Google signaled its intent to introduce a program by that would enable publishers …
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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 …
Alex Zaharov-Reutt / iTWire:
Microsoft's Bing boings into life - early  —  No, you won't need to go to Google to find Bing - all you need to do is to visit Bing.com where you'll find that Bing is now in beta.  —  Although Microsoft wasn't set to launch Bing into life until June the 3rd, it seems as though someone …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Wow: Bing Has Live Video Thumbnails — But is it Fair Use?
Discussion: CNET News
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Study: Young adults haven't warmed up to Twitter  —  While 99 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds have profiles on social networks, only 22 percent use Twitter, according to a new survey from Pace University and the Participatory Media Network.  —  This is consistent with what some observers …
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 …
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 …
Cameron Wilmot / TweakTown News:
Eee PC spotted running Android + Qualcomm 1GHz CPU  —  Computex Taipei 2009: During the Qualcomm Technologies press conference in Taipei earlier today, we spotted an upcoming prototype Eee PC which was quite a bit if difference from the norm.  —  The machine was installed …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Kindle DX Shipping on June 10  —  Amazon's Kindle DX will arrive at market nine days from today.  In a brief announcement issued this morning, Amazon (AMZN) said its new e-book reader, which boasts both a larger screen and price tag than its predecessor, will ship on June 10 with orders prioritized on a first come, first served basis.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
In preparation of 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: Ars Technica and MacRumors
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Google's Android falling behind the iPhone  —  After matching the iPhone nearly hit for hit in its first five months on the market, Google's (GOOG) Android has fallen behind the pace set by Apple's (AAPL) smartphone in terms of its presence on the Web, according to a report issued Monday.
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat and OStatic blogs
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Cellphone Locator System Needs No Satellite  —  BOSTON — Wanderers with phones and other devices that have GPS chips can figure out where they are using signals from satellites thousands of miles up, but those are easily blocked by walls or trees.  The founders of Skyhook Wireless discovered …
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and mocoNews
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad and jkOnTheRun, Thanks:atul
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Chip Not Likely June 8  —  The iPhone may get a speed boost, but Apple's secret processor project is probably not done yet.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. - There can be no doubt Apple is working on a low-power, mobile processor of its own.  It acquired chip designer PA Semi early last year.
Discussion: The Apple Core
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft buys Merck unit in life sciences push  —  Microsoft said on Monday it is buying the assets of Rosetta Biosoftware, a unit of Merck, as part of an effort to expand into the life sciences software arena.  —  The Rosetta technology will be used to add genetic and genomic data management abilities …
Discussion: eWeek, iTnews Australia and TechFlash
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:
Tech's painful Dow hangover  —  If past experience is anything to go by, it may be time to short Cisco Systems.  —  Being admitted to the Dow Jones Industrial Average is the ultimate mark of corporate respectability - and it has added 5 per cent to Cisco's shares today - but the history of techs in the Dow has not been a cheerful one.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
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Discussion: OStatic blogs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Thanks:farhadm
David Carr / New York Times:
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Payments Alpha Test Now Live in 3 Apps
Discussion: Inside Social Games, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Sony Not Pursing Music Downloads For Its Playstation Network, For Now
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
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Discussion: Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The cure for YouTube's ills: Charge for uploads
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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