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2:00 AM ET, June 4, 2009

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David Pogue / mydigitalfc.com:
Palm's credible challenge to the iPhone  —  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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Squared is Live: Who Knew Structured Data Could Be So Unhelpful?  —  Three weeks ago Google demonstrated a new product in Labs called Google Squared; it's a search engine that creates structured data from big piles of information and lets users compare various things by their attributes.
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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.
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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Brad Stone / Bits:
Digg Will Charge Less for Ads Its Users Like
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple's next-gen iPhone may add radio tagging, Nike Sport Kit  —  A new version of Apple's iTunes software released Monday includes code strings that hint at a couple of new features likely to make their debut alongside new iPhone models this month, namely radio tagging capabilities and support for the Nike+ Sport Kit.
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Soon, you'll have to pay for Hulu  —  Don't get too attached to all that free, high-quality video on Hulu.  It just might disappear behind a pay wall before too long.  —  Speaking last night at an Internet Week event sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Miller …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Nation's C.T.O. Lays Out His Priorities  —  I had a chance to sit down this week with Aneesh Chopra, the newly confirmed chief technology officer of the United States.  My first question, of course, was “What does the nation's C.T.O. do?”  It's a question that lingered …
Discussion: Enterprise Web 2.0, VentureBeat and The 463, Thanks:atul
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac:
Updated White MacBooks outperform more expensive Unibody siblings across the board  —  Zoikes!  Macworld labs just got done testing the new white MacBook and apparently it is a real screamer.  So much, in fact, that it blew right past the $300 more costly Unibody MacBook.
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Twitter co-founder: We'll have made it when you shut up about us  —  NEW YORK—Twitter executive Jack Dorsey says he's looking forward to the day when the world stops talking so much about the company he co-founded.  —  “I think Twitter's a success for us when people stop talking about it …
Discussion: Digits and the Econsultancy blog
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Exclusive: Discussing the Future of Facebook with CEO Mark Zuckerberg  —  There's a lot happening at Facebook these days.  From advertising to payments, search to mobile, platform to privacy, Facebook has teams working on a spectrum of products to serve the company's 200 million active users …
Thanks:atul
William Hurley / Business Week:
Palm: Likely to Stumble with Pre  —  Adoption of Palm's new Pre smartphone will be hampered by its lousy applications, high price, and marketing missteps  —  On June 6, Palm (PALM) will release the Pre, a smartphone many hope will fuel a resurgence of a company long since fallen from grace.
Joe Weisenthal / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo's Bartz Still Not Interested In Microsoft Deal, Trashes Bing  —  Yesterday we heard that shares of Yahoo (YHOO) still had a call option on the possibility of Microsoft (MSFT) takeout in them.  —  Well, if you're buying Yahoo, don't do it because of some fantasy about a seach deal …
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Ballmer Says Tax Would Move Microsoft Jobs Offshore  —  Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steven Ballmer said the world's largest software company would move some employees offshore if Congress enacts President Barack Obama's plans to impose higher taxes on U.S. companies' foreign profits.
Discussion: Pulse2 and Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Google Mobile Blog:
The importance of being immediate - Google Mobile App now for Nokia S60 smartphones  —  As a user experience designer I like to take every opportunity to better understand the issues that get in the way of people making the most of their mobile phones.  The development of Google Mobile App …
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Ex-Googler's New White House Job Rankles Some  —  Andrew McLaughlin's departure from Google to the Obama administration has prompted a little grumbling among some consumer advocates and the search giant's corporate foes.  —  Google  —  Andrew McLaughlin  —  Mr. McLaughlin …
Fred / A VC:
Is Twitter A Substitute For Set Top Box Data?  —  For the past decade, the cable and television industry has been working to use set top box data in the way that click stream data is currently used on the web.  To some, it is seen as the holy grail and/or the savior of the television business.
Thanks:atul
Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
AdMob To Launch new iPhone Ad Units  —  In connection with the upcoming launch of the iPhone 3.0 operating system, mobile ad network AdMob is rolling out a new set of ad formats for the popular Apple device.  Hitting the market July 1, the new units will span social networking …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
SanDisk says the iPod won  —  SanDisk's Sansa media players are number two in the market, behind the iPod.  Image: SanDisk  —  SanDisk CEO Eli Harari once plotted to dethrone the iPod with a series of “iDon't” ads ­ a marketing campaign that cast Apple iPod users as fad-driven sheep …
Discussion: AppleInsider and Podcasting News
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Did No One At eMusic Think About PR Impact Of Raising Prices At The Same Time Sony Signed?  —  eMusic is a rather successful indie music e-commerce player (reports put it at the 2nd largest music store), that has focused on charging people a subscription that lets them download a limited number of songs each month.
Discussion: hypebot and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
At Last: thinking outside the jewel case  —  Last.fm is a great British success story, now boasting 30 million users - so what has the internet radio company got up its sleeve?  —  It's two years since Last.fm was bought by the US media giant CBS and, with the exception of some quirky antique furniture …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson X2 spotted?  —  A tipster tells us that the device you're looking at here is Sony Ericsson's codename “Vulcan” — better known as the X2 — which would presumably replace the X1 at some point in the next few days, weeks, months, or years.  Though the picture's small …
Derrick Goold / Bird Land:
Tony La Russa suing Twitter for trademark infringement  —  TOWER GROVE — Apparently, the Tweets stop with Tony.  St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is suing the micro-blogging and social networking site Twitter, Inc., over what the skipper and his attorney describe as trademark infringement …
 
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
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William M. Bulkeley / Digits:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Acer Will Use Moblin Linux Across Its Products
Discussion: Electronista
Scott Austin / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Is Back On Campus
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteStart
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Possible build from Windows 7 RTM branch leaks
Discussion: Dow Jones Newswires, Thanks:downloadsquad
Jack and Suzy Welch / Business Week:
Why We Tweet  —  We're now big fans of Twitter.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
beeTV Raises $8 Million For Stunning Personal TV Recommendation System
Discussion: Obsessable and paidContent.org, Thanks:kbolgarov