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2:00 AM ET, June 3, 2009

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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Windows 7 to launch October 22  —  Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it is planning for Windows 7 to hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs on Oct. 22.  —  In order to reach that milestone, Microsoft plans to wrap up development of the operating system by the middle of next month …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
PS3 Motion Controller May Be Best Game Motion Capture Yet  —  After Xbox 360's Project Natal, Sony is also adding their own motion controller to the PS3, aptly named The PlayStation Motion Controller.  It's the best motion control demo that we have ever seen, but it may be arriving a little too late.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Jason Calacanis Tries Turning Mahalo Into a Wikipedia That Pays  —  Jason Calacanis' Mahalo is getting a two-part makeover.  —  There's a visual overhaul for the search engine, which involves cramming a lot more stuff on each results page.  This is becoming standard operating practice on the Web …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
PC Touch Screens Move Ahead  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers.  —  For years, companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology that lets people poke icons on a display to accomplish tasks like picking a seat at an airport check-in kiosk.
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Ellison Says Oracle Will Continue to Invest Heavily in Java  —  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Sun Chairman Scott McNealy at the JavaOne conference choose not to discuss the future of Sun's hardware businesses, which include processors, servers, storage arrays, network switches and thin-client terminals.
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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:   Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Is ‘Eager’ to Develop Java and May Build Devices
Jeff Bakalar / CNET News:
Nintendo announces New Super Mario Bros. for Wii  —  At the Nintendo E3 2009 press conference, the company has just announced a brand-new Mario title, New Super Mario Bros. for the Niintendo Wii.  The 2D side-scrolling game will feature four-player co-op along with new gameplay features and power-ups.
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Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Microsoft's Bing playing fast and loose with fair use?  —  Beet.TV's Andy Plesser asks: is Microsoft's Bing search playing fast and loose with fair use?  Specifically, Andy points out that Bing displays “live,” or perhaps more accurately “dynamic,” thumbnails in its video search results …
Amer Shahnawaz / Google LatLong:
Bringing the power of Google's data to local businesses  —  Today the Local Business Center team is rolling out a new feature: a dashboard that will provide you with information on how Google users are interacting with your local listing in Google Maps and Google Search.  —  We're pretty excited about this new feature.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Adobe service puts browsers side by side  —  Adobe's BrowserLab is a hosted service that allows Web developers to visualize what their site looks like in different browsers.  —  (Credit: Adobe)  —  Adobe on Tuesday said it is offering a free preview of its BrowserLab service …
Discussion: Macworld
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube XL Brings The World's Most Popular Video Portal To Your TV  —  This morning YouTube invited a small group of press to unveil the latest evolution of the site's viewing experience.  It's called YouTube XL, and it's going to bring the vast majority of YouTube's content to your TV or large-screen computer monitor.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Hands-on with Wave: Weird and quite wonderful  —  Google just opened up to a limited audience its very interesting communications experiment called Wave (news stories).  Our hands-on evaluation: There's a lot to like.  It really is a more contemporary take on communications.
Johnny Chung Lee / Procrastineering:
Project Natal  —  If you've been wondering why my project blog has been pretty quiet, I can finally say it is because I have been helping Xbox with Project Natal.  If you haven't seen the vision video, it is definitely worth checking out:  —  Now, I should preface by saying I don't deserve credit for anything that you saw at E3.
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Lev Grossman / Time:
Microsoft Whacks the Wii: A First Look
Discussion: last100 and Nerd World, Thanks:bobcaswell
Corynne / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple Rejects EFF Updates App, Claims Parody Content Is Objectionable  —  Last month, EFF got an email from software developer Duane Fields of Exact Magic, asking if he could use our logo on an iPhone application that exclusively displays content from EFF's RSS feed.
Discussion: Roughly Drafted, Techdirt and Brad Ideas, Thanks:shankargan
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Thousands of Web sites stung by mass hacking attack  —  Hackers redirect unwitting victims to a Web site that tries to infect PCs with malicious software  —  IDG News Service - As many as 40,000 Web sites have been hacked to redirect unwitting victims to another Web site that tries to infect PCs …
Discussion: CNET News
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Federal Antitrust Probe Targets Tech Giants, Sources Say  —  The Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether some of the nation's largest technology companies violated antitrust laws by negotiating the recruiting and hiring of one another's employees, according to two sources with knowledge of the review.
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Hulu Content Headed to Roku?  —  I can't say I'm a regular reader of Playboy but, after coming across this juicy nugget, I did indeed pick up the current issue (June 2009)... for the articles.  Well, just one little blurb in particular.  After talking to Roku, Playboy has concluded “Hulu support is coming” to the $99 set-top box.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
DigiLife DDV-JF1 pocket cam shoots HD, packs its own projector  —  Another wild one from the surreal landscape of Computex.  DigiLife's new DDV-JF1 camera bears much resemblance to most mini camcorders, but while it's perfectly content to shoot 720p footage and show it off on its 2.5-inch LCD …
Charbax / techvideoblog.com:
Pixel Qi screen demo Live from Taipei  —  This is it, the revolutionary LCD screen by Pixel Qi that turns your netbook into a Kindle by the flip of a switch.  As you can see in this video, thanks to Pixel Qi technology, your next LCD screens can now be very usable outdoors as well under the sunlight …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple, Google Consider App-Sharing Tools  —  Smartphone software makers weigh features that will make it easier to share downloadable apps, upending the way we acquire and use wireless games and tools  —  These days, downloading software applications for a smartphone is a breeze.
Marianne Schultz / AppleInsider:
Documents offer glimpse into Apple's early days  —  The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California has put on display a pair documents from Apple's early years, outlining the company's strategic planning, optimism, and doubts as it embarked on a mission to forever change the world with its line of Macintosh computers.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac “Coming Along Fine”  —  There have been a bunch of Google events recently, covering a range of products, but the same question seems to rise above all others at each of them: When is Chrome coming for the Mac?  Even Sergey Brin is asking it.  Google has committed to getting …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Legal First, Data-Breach Suit Targets Auditor  —  When CardSystems Solutions was hacked in 2004 in one of the largest credit card data breaches at the time, it reached for its security auditor's report.  —  In theory, CardSystems should have been safe.  The industry's primary security standard …
Discussion: Techdirt and Securosis Blog
SFGOV:
Mayor Newsom Announces Innovative New Tool to Access City Services with a ‘Tweet’  —  In an effort to foster more civic collaboration and connectivity with constituents, Mayor Newsom today announced a first of its kind application that allows citizens to access the City's 311 Call Center through Twitter, a social networking service.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Internet Explorer 6 Forces Bing As Default Search Provider  —  It appears that Bing is overriding the default search provider set by users of Internet Explorer 6.  Several IE6 users have complained that since Bing launched, the search provided went from Google (which they set manually) to Bing.
Asa Dotzler:
historical view of browser usage  —  Since I happen to have the data handy, I thought I'd update the historical chart.  This is chart represents the monthly trends as recorded by Net Applications over the last 56 months.
Discussion: Ajaxian
PE Hub Blog:
Intuit Buying PayCycle for $170 Million  —  Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) has agreed to acquire PayCycle Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of online payroll services, for approximately $170 million in cash.  PayCycle had raised nearly $30 million in VC funding since 2000 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Opera passes iPhone to lead mobile-browser market  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Norway's Opera Software overtook Apple's iPhone browser in May as the most popular mobile browser in the world, Web analytics firm StatCounter said on Tuesday.  —  Of all Internet pages that were downloaded …
Discussion: Techgeist
Reuters:
Court Awards TiVo $190 Million in EchoStar Patent Case  —  A federal judge in Texas awarded set-top box maker TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) Inc <TIVO.O> about $190 million in damages on Tuesday in a long-running patent infringement dispute with DISH Network Corp and EchoStar Corp .
 
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Derek Slater / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google Book Search settlement and access to out of print books
Discussion: Epicenter and Search Engine Land
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Google's Agency-Relations Director Departs for AOL
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
HuffPo's Rocky Start Into Investigative Journalism
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cisco developer contest drives great applications to Linux
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony launching PSP Go handheld in October
 Earlier Items: 
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over methods for repeat iTunes, App Store sales
Discussion: Electronista and Macsimum News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Search is too important to leave to one company - even Google
Discussion: eWeek
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
China shuts down Twitter and Bing in lead up to Tiananmen anniversary