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5:40 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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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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.
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
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
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.
Discussion: The Register and Reuters
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.
Charbax / techvideoblog.com:
Pixel Qi screen demo Live from Taipei  —  This is it, the revolutionary LCD screen by Pixel Qi that turns your netbook into a Kindle by the flip of a switch.  As you can see in this video, thanks to Pixel Qi technology, your next LCD screens can now be very usable outdoors as well under the sunlight …
Nielsen Wire:
Time Spent on Facebook up 700%, but MySpace Still Tops for Video  —  As theories circulate about the actual dollar value of sites like Facebook and Myspace-analysts recently placed Facebook's worth at $10 billion-there is no question that people continue to gravitate in droves towards social networking and blog sites.
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.
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Ajaxian
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.
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
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 .
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.
Johnny Chung Lee / Procrastineering:
Project Natal  —  If you've been wondering why my project blog has been pretty quiet, I can finally say it is because I have been helping Xbox with Project Natal.  If you haven't seen the vision video, it is definitely worth checking out:  —  Now, I should preface by saying I don't deserve credit for anything that you saw at E3.
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Thousands of Web sites stung by mass hacking attack  —  Hackers redirect unwitting victims to a Web site that tries to infect PCs with malicious software  —  IDG News Service - As many as 40,000 Web sites have been hacked to redirect unwitting victims to another Web site that tries to infect PCs …
Discussion: CNET News
PE Hub Blog:
Intuit Buying PayCycle for $170 Million  —  Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) has agreed to acquire PayCycle Inc., a Palo Alto, Calif.-based provider of online payroll services, for approximately $170 million in cash.  PayCycle had raised nearly $30 million in VC funding since 2000 …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and CloudAve
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.
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Cisco developer contest drives great applications to Linux  —  In December 2008, Cisco decided to pay developers to stick a finger in the Microsoft eye with a $100,000 bounty for writing Linux-based applications for its AXP (Application Extension Platform) and Integrated Services Routers (ISRs).
Discussion: OStatic blogs
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
In Legal First, Data-Breach Suit Targets Auditor
Discussion: Securosis Blog and Techdirt
Derek Slater / Google Public Policy Blog:
Google Book Search settlement and access to out of print books
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Google's Agency-Relations Director Departs for AOL
Discussion: paidContent.org
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
HuffPo's Rocky Start Into Investigative Journalism
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Internet Explorer 6 Forces Bing As Default Search Provider
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Obama Administration's Silence on Privacy
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony launching PSP Go handheld in October
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple sued over methods for repeat iTunes, App Store sales
Discussion: Electronista and Macsimum News
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Wraps Up Push Notification Testing Ahead of WWDC