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2:15 PM ET, June 4, 2009

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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Palm's New Pre Takes On iPhone  —  In the new era of hand-held computers — super-smart touch-screen phones that run sleek, compelling software — Apple's iPhone has been king.  A new, improved iPhone is expected to be announced on June 8.  —  But on June 6, Apple will get a powerful competitor in this category.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm Pre review  —  The Palm Pre.  It's not just a phone, it's a myth, an idea, possibly a legacy... and a really, really long time coming.  It's almost impossible to believe, but the crew at Engadget has been talking about a Linux-based Palm phone since way back in 2004.
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: Palm Pre, Elegant Contender  —  You've seen that movie, right?  The one where a pair of lovable sad-sack losers team up to defeat the smug athletic golden boy?  —  If not, you're about to.  It's called “Palm Pre vs. iPhone.”  —  The star of this summer blockbuster is Palm.
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Pre could pilot Palm to smartphone glory again  —  The most-lusted-after pocket computer in months is about to go on sale — and it's not even an iPhone.  On Saturday, Palm (PALM) and Sprint (S) start selling the Palm Pre, a smartphone that stacks up well against Apple's blockbuster device, and in some ways even surpasses it.
Intel:
Intel to Acquire Wind River Systems for Approximately $884 Million  —  Intel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wind River Systems Inc, under which Intel will acquire all outstanding Wind River common stock for $11.50 per share in cash, or approximately $884 million in the aggregate.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel buys Wind River; Targets software for embedded devices  —  Intel said Thursday that it would acquire Wind River, which makes software for embedded devices, in a deal valued at $884 million.  With the move Intel is making a move to diversify into software and away from its dependence on the PC and server markets.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple looks towards digital media sharing during iPhone calls  —  Apple has spent some time outlining technology that would add a new level of interaction between iPhone users, such as the ability to share and control playback of digital media files like music tracks and video during a telephone call.
Mercury News:
Google recruiter: Company kept ‘do not touch’ in hiring list  —  A recruiter who left Google last year says that the company had maintained a “do not touch” list of companies including Genentech and Yahoo, whose employees were not to be wooed to the Internet search giant.
Steven Johnson / Time:
How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live  —  Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter  —  The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression.  You hear about this new service that lets you send 140-character updates to your “followers,” and you think, Why does the world need this, exactly?
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
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Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:   Time Puts Twitter on Cover, at Vanguard of American Economy
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's WWDC likely to ‘disappoint’  —  Given the rumors and high expectations, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster fears the World Wide Developers Conference that Apple (AAPL) is hosting next week in San Francisco could be a “slight disappointment” to investors.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CrunchPad: The Launch Prototype  —  We've been working hard behind the scenes on the CrunchPad since our last update in April, and have just about nailed down the final design for the device.  We're showing the conceptual drawings here today.  In another few weeks we'll have the first working prototypes in our office.
The Official Google Blog:
Square your search results with Google Squared  —  Some information is easy to find.  If you want to learn the rules of golf, you can search Google for [golf rules] and we'll return a list of relevant web sites right at the top.  But not all your information needs are that simple.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Removes Regional Network Privacy and Visibility Settings  —  Yesterday afternoon Facebook posted about how the site is growing beyond regional networks and how networks will no longer be part of the privacy settings.  The rationale is that the company has grown beyond it's previous boundaries …
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Paul McDonald / Facebook Blog:
Growing Beyond Regional Networks
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Royal Pingdom:
Number of domain names pass 183 million, up 12% from last year  —  Verisign publishes a quarterly report about the domain name industry called The Domain Name Industry Brief.  The latest report, summing up Q1 2009, was just released.  —  Since there is always a lot of data in these reports to mull through …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Six months later, no ISPs joining RIAA piracy fight  —  Last December, the music industry's message to song writers, publishers, and musicians was that antipiracy help was on the way.  Hopes soared after the major labels announced that they had convinced a group of telecoms to work with them.
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Lab test: $999 MacBook outpaces pricier models  —  Updated $999 MacBook outpaces pricier models  —  The latest entry-level MacBook rolled out by Apple a week ago offers more than just an improvement on the white laptop it replaces in Apple's notebook line.
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Launches TOSBack - A ‘Terms of Service’ Tracker for Facebook, Google, eBay, and More  —  San Francisco - “Terms of Service” policies on websites define how Internet businesses interact with you and use your personal information.  But most web users don't read these policies — or understand that the terms are constantly changing.
Discussion: p2pnet
DigiTimes:
HTC to unveil Android-powered HTC Hero on June 24, says paper  —  HTC (High Tech Computer) is scheduled to unveil its new Android-powered smartphone, the HTC Hero, in London on June 24, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.  —  The HTC Hero will be available in two versions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway To Focus On “Real Time Data” Startups: 40-50 New Investments In Next 18 Months  —  Heavy hitting angel investor Ron Conway, who's been called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” by Gary Rivlin, is now focusing most of his investment attention on “real-time data,” …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Nintendo unmoved by rivals' plans  —  “Nintendo's philosophy is to try to create new forms of entertainment”  —  Nintendo's veteran games developer Shigeru Miyamoto has told the BBC that the firm is “not worried at all” by Microsoft and Sony's new controllers.
Discussion: VG247 and TG Daily
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Grooveshark Launches Facebook App and WordPress Integration  —  In 2008 Blender magazine named Gainesville Florida the Best Place to Start a Band.  With this morning's launch of Grooveshark's new Facebook Share Song application, WordPress plugin and release of their TinySong API …
Discussion: Mashable! and Obsessable
Martin Heller / Martin Heller's blog:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 highlights  —  VS2010 Beta 1 promises a worthy upgrade to the premier IDE for .Net development, but some key pieces are still missing  —  The first thing you'll notice about Visual Studio 2010 is the revamped user interface, which is based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) instead of Windows Forms.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
RIM quietly acquires Dash Navigation?  —  According to an article published yesterday by GPS Business News, RIM may have quietly acquired struggling nav/LBS firm Dash Navigation.  The site's co-founder and Editor allegedly spoke to a trusted source who claims that the acquisition is a done deal.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Pearl Flip Spied in Verizon Stores  —  For the Verizon (NYSE: VZ) customers out there that may be waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) Pearl Flip... Latest word is that dummy devices and spec sheets/marketing materials are starting to make their way into stores.
Mmaser / Digg the Blog:
Ads You Can Digg...or Bury  —  Today, we're announcing our plans to roll out a new advertising platform — Digg Ads.  Digg Ads will give you more control over which advertisements are displayed on Digg.  The more an ad is Dugg, the less the advertiser will have to pay.
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple working on adding multi-touch to iPod click-wheels
Discussion: I4U News
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Video game manufacturers may pressure resellers
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Nvidia's Plan For Beating Moore's Law
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Still Going Strong, But Growth Is Dropping Off Sharply
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Dave Eggers Reassures Us That Print Lives, Via Email
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
Molyneux promoted to creative director of Microsoft Game Studios
Discussion: VG247, Eurogamer and Joystiq
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Sarah Lacy's New Chapter On Twitter From Once You're …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Digits, Thanks:atul
Dan Goodin / The Register:
At long last, internet's root zone to be secured