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4:00 AM ET, June 2, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
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
Conversation Starter:
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets  —  Twitter has attracted tremendous attention from the media and celebrities, but there is much uncertainty about Twitter's purpose.  Is Twitter a communications service for friends and groups, a means of expressing yourself freely, or simply a marketing tool?
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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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
How excited is Google about the ad blocker for Chrome?  —  With one quick download, Google's browser will soon enable users to do something that the company can't be happy about — block online ads.  —  Google Chrome, the company's recent entry into the Web browser market …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Neowin.net
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: lalawag and Sexy Widget
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 …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Intel announces new chips, excited about notebooks, WiMax  —  Intel offered a sneak peek Monday afternoon at some news it plans to announce today at the Computex show in Taiwan.  The company said it will introduce three new Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a new ultra low voltage Pentium processor and a new mobile chipset.
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
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, Beth's Blog and Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
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 …
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Local Lures Small Businesses With Their Own Web Dashboard  —  Google wants more small businesses to claim their listing profiles on Google Local (which is basically listings that pop up in Google Maps and local search results).  To entice them, starting tomorrow it will give local businesses …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
InsideVenture Banks on New, Hybrid IPO Model
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: MacNN and Associated Press
Deborah Gage / The Technology Chronicles:
More job losses for Silicon Valley?
Discussion: Gartner and eWeek
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Carl's Jr. Makes New Kind of Network Buy
Discussion: Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas blogger jailed after failing to turn PC over to judge
Discussion: Todd Watson and digg.com
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun shoots its final Open Solaris arrows
Discussion: eWeek and OStatic blogs