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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.
Microsoft:
Xbox Unveils Entertainment Experiences That Put Everyone Center Stage  —  Microsoft rewrites the rules on fun with controller-free entertainment, Facebook for your TV, plus instant on 1080p HD streaming video.  —  The future of home entertainment has a new name: Xbox 360.
Gizmodo:
Xbox Live Full Retail Games on Demand: Download Mass Effect, Bioshock and More
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Wow: Bing Has Live Video Thumbnails — But is it Fair Use?
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 …
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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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Toshiba (Finally) Does Netbooks
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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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 …
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.
DealBook:
EMC Tops NetApp's Bid for Data Domain  —  A bidding war has broken out for Data Domain — and shareholders should be celebrating.  —  EMC, the world's biggest maker of storage computers, said Monday afternoon that it was offering $30 a share in cash, or about $1.8 billion to acquire Data Domain …
Discussion: Pulse2
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Sugar Inc. and TechCrunch, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
David Meyer / CNET News:
Psion, Intel settle ‘Netbook’ trademark dispute  —  Psion and Intel have settled their legal battle over the use of the word “Netbook.”  —  Since early 2008, chipmaker Intel has been using the term to refer to small, cheap, low-powered sub-notebooks, and its Atom chipset has become by far the most popular engine for such machines.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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
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.
 
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Industry Moves: Online Textbook Rental Firm Hires Former Ask.com CEO Safka
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Texas blogger jailed after failing to turn PC over to judge
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft buys Merck unit in life sciences push
Discussion: eWeek and iTnews Australia
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Sun shoots its final Open Solaris arrows
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MySpace Experimenting With Interactive Ads Powered By SocialMedia.com
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David Carr / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Assessing Napster - 10 years later
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Chip Not Likely June 8
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Cellphone Locator System Needs No Satellite
Discussion: blogs.chron.com and mocoNews