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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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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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
PlayStation Motion Controller May Be Best Game Motion Capture Ever  —  And here it comes: 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.
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
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The City Of San Francisco Now Lets You Submit Complaints Via Twitter
Discussion: Technosailor.com and AppScout
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.
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, New World Notes, DVICE and Kotaku
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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: Techdirt, Thanks:shankargan
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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: Electronista and Macsimum News
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.
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.
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.
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: StartupNorth and The Equity Kicker
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 will have no universal memory disc drive, as its predecessor does.
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.
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.
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
T-Mobile USA's CTO Cole Brodman: Second Android Phone Details Coming in ‘Next Few Weeks’  —  T-Mobile USA is getting ready to roll out its second Google (NSDQ: GOOG) phone, according to T-Mobile's CTO Cole Brodman, who confirmed the timing in an interview with mocoNews.
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo and Unwired View
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?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Obama Administration's Silence on Privacy  —  The Obama administration is attempting to take the lead on a number of technology issues, including cybersecurity, network neutrality and broadband availability.  But one prominent omission is privacy, a topic about which the administration has said very little.
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 …
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
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
HuffPo's Rocky Start Into Investigative Journalism  —  The $1.75 million Huffington Post Investigative Fund that is meant to make the newspaper end times less scary might be getting off to a rocky start.  —  In March, the Huffington Post announced it would join with Atlantic Philanthropies to spend to create the fund.
 
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PE Hub Blog:
Intuit Buying PayCycle for $170 Million
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Matt Asay / CNET News:
Cisco developer contest drives great applications to Linux
Discussion: OStatic blogs
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:
Facebook launches client for S60 5th Edition
Discussion: Softpedia News
Stuart Fox / Popular Science:
Analysts: Obama's Much-Touted New Cybersecurity Plan Is Full of Holes
Discussion: Security Watch
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun succumbs to Apple envy with Java Store push
CBS News:
AOL 2.0: Is There A Future As A Solo Act?
Discussion: Beyond Search
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Cohen / PC World:
The Sims 3 Launches Simultaneously for Mac, PC, IPhone
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple launches new One to One personal training service
Discussion: MacNN, Macsimum News and MacRumors
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
From Terrible To Terrifying: Newspaper Ad Sales Plummet $2.6 Billion In Q1 2009
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 50Mbps To See Price Cut - To $99.95 when bundled and $115.95 standalone...
Discussion: Stop the Cap! and Electronista
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Is Top Tracker of Surfers in Study
Discussion: Search Engine Land and jd/adobe