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6:35 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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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.
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?
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.
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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 and TUAW
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 …
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
Paul Bonanos / GigaOM:
InsideVenture Banks on New, Hybrid IPO Model  —  For venture investors, it's not easy to find liquidity these days.  Despite a handful of new listings, technology investors with stakes in midsized growth companies are wondering if the warm IPO market of past years will ever return …
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Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
Venture Capital Firms Creating ‘Hybrid’ IPOs to Help Startups Sell Shares
Discussion: Techdirt
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
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 …
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000  —  One of Twitter's greatest assets has always been its developer community.  But with the countless link, image, and video sharing services available (many of which are very similar to each other), most new services are lost to obscurity.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and Web Strategy, 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 …
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.
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 …
Nokia:
Nokia N97 mobile computer to begin selling worldwide in June  —  Espoo, Finland - The highly anticipated Nokia N97, Nokia's flagship mobile computer, will begin selling in June in more than 75 countries.  Along with a tilting 3.5" touch display, QWERTY keyboard and a fully customizable home screen …
TrustedReviews Mobile Phones:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson Dropping Memory Stick Micro  —  Now here's a hugely welcome turn up for the books...  While meeting Sony Ericsson to discuss something I can't tell you about (sorry, NDA until Thursday) I managed to dig up possibly even more interesting news: the company …
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 …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Will O3D Get Google Back Into Virtual Worlds?  —  When Google launched its O3D browser plug-in for displaying rich 3D graphics last month, I was dubious that the virtual world industry would eagerly embrace it as a platform for future MMOs.  Most of the larger casual virtual worlds …
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
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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