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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?
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Microsoft unveils new controller  —  Microsoft has unveiled its new control system for the Xbox 360, at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles.  —  Project Natal is a fully hands-free control system that will use face recognition and motion sensors to allow users to play games.
Discussion: VG247, DVICE, Kotaku, Engadget and technabob
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
XBox 360 to support Twitter and Facebook. …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gizmodo and Mashable!
Lev Grossman / Time:
Microsoft Whacks the Wii: A First Look
Discussion: Nerd World, Thanks:bobcaswell
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
China shuts down Twitter and Bing in lead up to Tiananmen anniversary  —  It's widely known that China runs a pretty tight ship - to put it mildly - on what its citizens get to see online, especially that content which exists outside of China.  YouTube has been blocked for some time and although Wikipedia …
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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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Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Acer to sell Android netbook PCs in Q3  —  * First company to launch netbooks using Google's Android  —  * Move could threaten Microsoft's market dominance  —  * No prices yet, but analysts say Windows XP costs about $25 (Adds details, quotes)  —  Acer Inc (2353.TW), the world's No. 3 PC brand …
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 …
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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 …
CNNMoney.com:
LinkedIn's startup story: Connecting the business world  —  Serial entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saw a new way of working - and built a company around that vision.  —  As told to Ellen Lee  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (CNNMoney.com) — In Silicon Valley, it's all about knowing the right people.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Search is too important to leave to one company - even Google  —  It may seem as unlikely as a publicly edited encyclopedia, but the internet needs publicly controlled search  —  Search is the beginning and the end of the internet.  Before search, there was the idea of an organised …
Discussion: eWeek
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: fickle search engine users could benefit Bing
Discussion: Channel 10, Fast Company and Techgeist
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Soups Up Enterprise Search Appliance  —  Search giant claims Google Search Appliance 6.0 can search billions of documents with options to customize administrative, security and relevancy features.  —  With an eye to the largest federal agencies, Google introduced …
Discussion: CNET News
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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.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gearlog and SlashGear
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Is Top Tracker of Surfers in Study  —  When asked about online privacy, most people say they want more information about how they are being tracked and more control over how their personal information is used.  Those consumer expectations are rarely in line with the data collection practices …
Dell-Anne C / Direct2Dell:
Bidding Adieu to the Dell Inspiron Mini 9  —  As some of you with sharp eyes noted over the weekend, today marks the official retirement of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, our first entry into the netbook market.  It was a successful product by any number of measures, including the unofficial …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Nintendo gives us a sneak peek at the Wii Vitality Sensor  —  Ready for the future as seen by Nintendo?  No, it's not full body mapping like Project Natal, it's a little sensor that measures your pulse called the Wii Vitality Sensor.  The Nintendo press event didn't reveal anything …
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
From Terrible To Terrifying: Newspaper Ad Sales Plummet $2.6 Billion In Q1 2009  —  Nothing like a telling graphic to illustrate what most have been expecting, albeit probably not in this order of magnitude.  Veteran media exec Alan Mutter discovered some horrid statistics about the state …
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 …
Peter Cohen / PC World:
The Sims 3 Launches Simultaneously for Mac, PC, IPhone  —  Electronic Arts (EA) on Tuesday announced the simultaneous worldwide release of The Sims 3 for Mac and Windows.  A version developed to run on the iPhone and iPod touch is also available.  —  The latest installment …
Discussion: Gear Diary
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
INQ Mobile to roll out Twitter-phone  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Cell phone maker INQ Mobile plans to introduce a Twitter phone in time for the Christmas sales season, hoping to benefit from surging interest in the micro-blogging service, INQ's head told Reuters on Tuesday.
Discussion: last100, mocoNews and Phone Scoop
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Comcast CEO Joins Call For Authentication Gateway To Online Viewing  —  A system to ensure that episodes of “The Closer” on TNT.tv can only be accessed by those who pay for TNT on TV now seems inevitable.  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts last week joined a chorus of executives advocating …
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Yahoo Shows Off New Homepage  —  As we've reported, CEO Carol Bartz is already shaking things up at Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO)—from re-organizing teams to killing under-performing products.  In a report released this morning, Barclay's analyst Doug Anmuth provides us a peek at the progress Bartz …
Discussion: Cheezhead Recruiting
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace and Facebook: Two Very Different Approaches to Video  —  Nielsen sent out a release today saying that even though time spent on Facebook is up 700 percent, MySpace is still tops for video.  That's not anything revolutionary.  It's hard to remember a time in the last few years when MySpace …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Just Bluffing, Won't Sue Palm Over Pre  —  Big bad Apple (AAPL) probably won't sue Palm (PALM) over stealing its features for the Pre, says Therese Poletti, backing off an earlier theory.  —  This will leave the Pre and Palm to bomb on their own.  Palm investor Roger McNamee should dump the stock now, while he still can.
Sandisk:
SANDISK BEGINS SHIPPING HIGH-SPEED, NEXT-GENERATION SOLID STATE DRIVES FOR ULTRA-HOT NETBOOK MARKET  —  SanDisk pSSD Drives Feature nCache -Large Non Volatile Write Cache Technology To Boost Random Write Performance Five Times Over Steady State Performance  —  Computex, Taipei, Taiwan …
Discussion: eWeek, Liliputing and The Toybox
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 …
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Macworld
Christopher Meinck / Everything Pre:
Best Buy's Palm Pre Inventory Leaked
Discussion: WebOS Arena and all things Pre, Thanks:everythingpre
Joshua Goldman / CNET News:
‘Netbook’ SDHC card: Clever branding or rip-off?
Discussion: Crave
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple launches new One to One personal training service
Discussion: MacRumors, MacNN and Macsimum News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Case for Non-Ad Revenue on the Web
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
April Witt / Washington Post:
Going Viral  —  Brandon Hardesty discovered that in the age …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
IP Geolocation Worst Practices
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner's Next Spin-Off: Time Inc?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps To See Price Cut - To $99.95 when bundled and $115.95 standalone...
Discussion: Stop the Cap!
Business Wire:
Acer Brings “All Day Computing” …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear and TechSpot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
E-reader devices: The fun is just starting
Save the Media:
The ‘hyperinterest’ approach to online news
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:atul