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4:15 PM ET, June 2, 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 …
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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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter Still Available in China with Seesmic Desktop  —  Mike Butcher reported earlier on TechCrunch today that China has shut down Twitter and Bing so I rushed this morning on my friend Thomas Crampton Twitter stream, Thomas is based in China and had the pleasure to see that you can still tweet …
Thanks:loic
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?
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.
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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 …
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 …
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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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Palm Pre stock levels for launch day at Best Buy leaked?  —  We don't want to incite panic in big box parking lots from coast to coast or anything (or do we?), but from the looks of things, Best Buy's Pre stock for launch day is meager at best — and distribution is a little weird.
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Christopher Meinck / Everything Pre:
Best Buy's Palm Pre Inventory Leaked
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: Lawgarithms, Channel 10 and Techgeist
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
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, Reuters, SlashGear and Gearlog
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over methods for repeat iTunes, App Store sales  —  Apple, along with more than a dozen other firms conducting e-commerce, have been hit with a lawsuit from a patent trolling claiming first rights to technology that simplifies the re-billing process for repeat customers making purchases through online stores.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony launching PSP Go handheld in October  —  Sony confirmed its worst kept secret of the E3 video game trade show.  It announced today its PlayStation Portable handheld, the PSP Go, will launch in October.  —  The device will sell for $249 in North America and it will have no universal memory disc drive, as its predecessor does.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, NewTeeVee and CNET News
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Soups Up Enterprise Search Appliance  —  The 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 …
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: TheAppleBlog and Gear Diary
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Chromium Blog and Google Mac Blog
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: Contentinople and paidContent.org
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 …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
DigiLife DDV-JF1 pocket cam shoots HD, packs its own projector
CBS News:
AOL 2.0: Is There A Future As A Solo Act?
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and 9 to 5 Mac
David Goetzl / MediaPost:
Comcast CEO Joins Call For Authentication Gateway To Online Viewing
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
Rory Maher / paidContent.org:
Analyst: Yahoo Shows Off New Homepage
Discussion: Cheezhead Recruiting
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
IP Geolocation Worst Practices
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner's Next Spin-Off: Time Inc?
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: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo, SlashGear and TechSpot
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Want Your Service Integrated With TweetDeck?  It'll Cost You A Cool $50,000
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog and Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
AP: tech coming to stop “wholesale theft” on 'Net