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5:00 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
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Time says Twitter will change our lives; I Tweeted that I puked
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
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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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
App TV?  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster may not have high expectations for Apple's WWDC gathering in San Francisco Monday, but he does for the company's Apple TV device.  Big expectations.  Munster believes Apple (AAPL) is working an update to the Apple TV — and an App Store to go along with it.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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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.
Discussion: New York Times
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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New 16GB, 32GB iPhones appear in Carphone Warehouse systems  —  Carphone Warehouse, the largest independent European mobile phone retailer and an official iPhone reseller, added four placeholders to their inventory list for new iPhone models earlier today, sources tell AppleInsider.
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Shuts Down Notorious Rogue Internet Service Provider, 3FN Service Specializes in Hosting Spam-Spewing Botnets, Phishing Web sites, Child Pornography, and Other Illegal, Malicious Web Content  —  A rogue Internet Service Provider that recruits, knowingly hosts, and actively participates …
Discussion: Digits and Security Watch
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
FTC Sues, Shuts Down N. Calif. Web Hosting Firm
Discussion: Network World and CircleID
Google LatLong:
Introducing smart navigation in Street View: double-click to go (anywhere!)  —  Street View is a great way to see panoramas of streets from all over the world.  We've launched some great improvements to this tool, including most recently overlaying user photos and the ability to view Street View in fullscreen.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple working on adding multi-touch to iPod click-wheels  —  Having pioneered multi-touch for its iPhone and iPod touch handhelds, Apple later extended the technology to trackpads on its Mac notebook line and now appears ripe to introduce the first iPod click-wheels with similar capabilities.
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.
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: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
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.
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 …
Patrick Goss / TechRadar.com:
Increased competition ‘uncomfortable’ for Firefox  —  But Mozilla thriving  —  The president of Mozilla Europe has told TechRadar that competing with the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Google in the browser area has made things more uncomfortable for the makers of the ever-popular Firefox but that he welcomes the competition.
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Reuters:
Russia launches antitrust probe of Microsoft
Discussion: Reuters, Ars Technica and CNET News
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Rebecca Buckman / Forbes:
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 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Video game manufacturers may pressure resellers
Discussion: CrunchGear
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Nintendo unmoved by rivals' plans
Discussion: VG247 and TG Daily
Martin Heller / Martin Heller's blog:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 highlights
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Still Going Strong, But Growth Is Dropping Off Sharply
Discussion: Contentinople
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway To Focus On “Real Time Data” …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul