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8:10 AM ET, June 3, 2009

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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.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft games executive describes origins of Project Natal game controls  —  Microsoft threw one of the biggest curve balls at the E3 video game conference on Monday as it announced a new way to control games through your speech, gestures, and your full body.
Daniel Emery / BBC:   Sony joins new ‘controller wars’
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Adobe service puts browsers side by side  —  Adobe on Tuesday said it is offering a free preview of its BrowserLab service, which allows Web developers to quickly see what their site looks like on a number of browsers.  —  The technology, previously code-named Meer Meer, was shown last year at the company's Max developer conference.
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Test Your Site in Different Browsers Using Adobe BrowserLab
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 …
Seth Rosenblatt / The Download Blog:
Speedy Opera 10 beta reconfigures as Web suite  —  Opera 10 enters beta with the unstated goal of becoming more than a mere browser.  Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, the Norwegian program hopes to become a speedy utility—Turbo-charged, in their words—that handles browsing, e-mail, RSS, and torrents with robust features.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Fifth Ave.  Store Is A Goldmine  —  Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Ave. flagship retail store in New York City is a 24-hour zoo, filled to the brim with tourists, shoppers, potheads, and people just looking to cool off.  And once a year, it's home to what's possible the longest line in America …
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.
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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
More on Palm's WebOS ‘Media Sync’  —  In yesterday's piece on Palm's WebOS “media sync” iTunes integration I mostly avoided the legal aspects.  When I say that the WebOS media sync feature is not “legit”, I mean that it is not supported by Apple, not something Apple intends for third-parties to do …
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
James Sherwood / The Register:
Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor  —  A British inventor has submitted a patent application for a wacky touchscreen keyboard design which, he claims, could spell the end for accidental key presses.  —  David Baker's Crocodile Keyboard is so named because its keys are shaped like the reptile's sharp teeth.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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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Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Microsoft bars Indians from searching for sex  —  Microsoft silently made available to the public its new (actually Live Search on energy boosters) search engine Bing.com - they prefer to call it a “decision engine”.  And the online world was abuzz with buzz about the new product.  So was I.
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 …
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.
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.
Aries Hsieh / Google Mobile Blog:
Places Directory app for Android  —  As an engineer based in Taipei, I frequently travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View.  When I'm there, I'm always looking for local businesses to try out, like coffee shops and restaurants.  I also forget where the banks and ATM's are.
Arn / MacRumors:
WWDC 2009 Banners: ‘One Year Later, Light-Years Ahead’  —  Adam Jackson has posted the first photos (flickr) from WWDC 2009.  Apple has started putting up banners 6 days prior to the event.  The theme of this year's WWDC appears centered around the App Store.  The main banner in Moscone West reads:
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses “Backwards Compatibility” On Paid Link Blocking & PageRank Sculpting  —  Imagine that you fired up your computer and found that a bunch of your programs no longer worked, because behind the scenes, the operating system had been upgraded without any backwards compatibility.
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 .
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Last.fm, CBS: we have not shared any data with anyone  —  Unsourced rumors that Last.fm handed over user data to the RIAA have resurfaced thanks to renewed and revised accusations against Last.fm's parent company, CBS.  We reached out to the targets of the rumor to see if they had official comment.
Discussion: digg.com
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Sunday Times plans standalone website  —  Sunday Times executives consider charging readers on new site  —  The Sunday Times is set to launch a standalone website - and is considering charging readers for its content.  —  Plans have not been finalised, but executives at Sunday Times …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google's Suggest feature makes for some surprising fill-in-the-blanks  —  Google's suggested search terms for “Charlies Darwin is.”  —  Computers can be unintentionally funny.  Take the unlikely vein of amusement buried within Google's search suggestion feature.
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.
Alice / Danwei:
Chinese websites “under maintenance”  —  The administrators of Chinese websites are putting in a period of inaccessibility on their sites for a period of two to three days starting with the Tnanmen anniversary tomorrow.  —  Fanfou.com, China's knock-off version of Twitter.com …
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Legal First, Data-Breach Suit Targets Auditor
Discussion: Securosis Blog and Techdirt
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Thousands of Web sites stung by mass hacking attack
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Google's Agency-Relations Director Departs for AOL
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Internet Explorer 6 Forces Bing As Default Search Provider
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