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11:00 AM ET, June 3, 2009

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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.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
U.S. Inquiry Into Hiring at High-Tech Companies
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Feds to probe tech hiring practices; Good luck with that one
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.
Discussion: GMSV, CNET News, VG247, Eurogamer and Cathode Tan
Daniel Emery / BBC:   Sony joins new ‘controller wars’
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
Marvin Ma / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to use a new term for netbook  —  Microsoft plans to redefine mini-notebooks that Intel has categorized as netbooks with a new term - low cost small notebook PC, according to Steven Guggenheimer, general manager of the Application Platform & Development Marketing Division at Microsoft.
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.
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Opera Press Room:
Reward your curiosity with Opera 10 beta
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!
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 …
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Martyn Williams / LinuxWorld.com:
Microsoft won't offer Windows for smartbooks
Discussion: BetaNews and Guardian
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft Wants Gadgets to Run Windows
Discussion: Softpedia News
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:
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 …
DSLreports:
TiVo Wins Another Echostar Patent Ruling - Gets awarded an additional $103 million in damages...  After Echostar was sued in 2004, a jury in 2006 ruled that Dish DVRs infringed upon a TiVo patent, and forced the company to pay TiVo $73.9 million in damages — a ruling that was upheld in federal appeals court in January of 2008.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider and TheAppleBlog
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
So what's new with the new Core i7 CPUs?  —  Since I mentioned the new Core i7 processors in an earlier post, several of you wanted to know how the new Core i7 parts differed from the old ones.  —  First, a history lesson.  Some six months ago the initial batch of Core i7 processors were launched.
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Bing!  Here Come the TV Ads  —  Steve Ballmer says he “gulped” when he approved the marketing budget for Microsoft's new Bing search engine — it's reportedly in the $100 million range.  Here's where some of that money is going — Microsoft's new TV ads, which begin running today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Emerging World of Real-Time Cellphone Data  —  At ReadWriteWeb we've been following with interest the projects of the MIT SENSEeable City Lab, which is producing some excellent analysis and visualizations of cellphone data in urban centers.  MIT refers to this data as “digital footprints …
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.
William J. Broad / New York Times:
U.S. Releases Secret List of Nuclear Sites Accidentally  —  The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation's civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Slashdot and digg.com
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 …
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.
 
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
AMD to ship DirectX 11 GPUs this year
Discussion: Electronista
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Sunday Times looks at online pay model
Alice / Danwei:
Chinese websites “under maintenance”
Discussion: Digits and Silicon Alley Insider
Soumyadip / Cutting the Chai:
Microsoft bars Indians from searching for sex
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Last.fm, CBS: we have not shared any data with anyone
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 Earlier Items: 
James Sherwood / The Register:
Triangular buttons key to touchscreen typing success - inventor
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Thousands of Web sites stung by mass hacking attack
Discussion: CNET News