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11:40 AM 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  —  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.
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.
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Squared is Live: Who Knew Structured Data Could Be So Unhelpful?
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.
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Intel buys Wind River; Targets software for embedded devices  —  Intel said Thursday that it would acquire Wind River, which makes software for embedded devices, in a deal valued at $884 million.  With the move Intel is making a move to diversify into software and away from its dependence on the PC and server markets.
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.
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: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Martin Heller / Martin Heller's blog:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 highlights  —  VS2010 Beta 1 promises a worthy upgrade to the premier IDE for .Net development, but some key pieces are still missing  —  The first thing you'll notice about Visual Studio 2010 is the revamped user interface, which is based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) instead of Windows Forms.
Discussion: Softpedia News
DigiTimes:
HTC to unveil Android-powered HTC Hero on June 24, says paper  —  HTC (High Tech Computer) is scheduled to unveil its new Android-powered smartphone, the HTC Hero, in London on June 24, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.  —  The HTC Hero will be available in two versions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ron Conway To Focus On “Real Time Data” Startups: 40-50 New Investments In Next 18 Months  —  Heavy hitting angel investor Ron Conway, who's been called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” by Gary Rivlin, is now focusing most of his investment attention on “real-time data,” …
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog, Thanks:atul
Arn / MacRumors:
Mossberg Also Believes a Faster iPhone is Imminent  —  Engadget points to comments by technology reporter Walt Mossberg as evidence that the new iPhone is indeed imminent.  Mossberg posted a new review for the Palm Pre in which he acknowledges that Apple is poised to announce a new iPhone at WWDC.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Nintendo Selling Black Wii in Japan This Summer  —  Back when the Nintendo Wii launched in 2006, the company showed possible console colors: White, red, silver, lime green and black.  White was the launch color, and that's all customers have had.  Until now.
Discussion: DailyTech, Joystiq, Gizmodo, SlashGear and VG247
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.
James Falconer / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry Pearl Flip Spied in Verizon Stores  —  For the Verizon (NYSE: VZ) customers out there that may be waiting to get their hands on the BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) Pearl Flip... Latest word is that dummy devices and spec sheets/marketing materials are starting to make their way into stores.
Daniel Emery / BBC:
Nintendo unmoved by rivals' plans  —  “Nintendo's philosophy is to try to create new forms of entertainment”  —  Nintendo's veteran games developer Shigeru Miyamoto has told the BBC that the firm is “not worried at all” by Microsoft and Sony's new controllers.
Discussion: TG Daily
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
RedGage: A blogger's road to riches on the Internet?  —  A new site called RedGage is opening up today to bloggers, photographers, and videomakers, saying it can help them make money from the content they create.  The Hollywood, Fla.-based startups pulls in a user's activity from sites like Blogger …
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Grooveshark Launches Facebook App and WordPress Integration  —  In 2008 Blender magazine named Gainesville Florida the Best Place to Start a Band.  With this morning's launch of Grooveshark's new Facebook Share Song application, WordPress plugin and release of their TinySong API …
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Sarah Lacy's New Chapter On Twitter From Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good Paperback Version  —  Last year (nowTechCrunch editor) Sarah Lacy's book, Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good came out in hardcover.  Here's an interview we did with Lacy about the book in May 2008.
Thanks:atul
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Nvidia's Plan For Beating Moore's Law  —  Chief Jen-Hsun Huang on how GPUs could get ahead of CPUs. … Forbes: I'm speaking with Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of Nvidia.  Nvidia started out making graphics chips, which is a semiconductor with many, many little cores on it to process …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Differences in Google Image Results for Tiananmen Square Protests  —  The first page of the around 44,000 results for tiananmen massacre on the international Chinese version at Google.com:  —  The 11 results in China on Google.cn for the same query, along with a censorship notice at the bottom:
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Goodin / The Register:
At long last, internet's root zone to be secured  —  VeriSign and ICANN to share DNSSEC duties  —  Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer - 30-day free trial  —  The US government said Wednesday it plans to digitally sign the internet's root zone by the end of the year, a move that would end years …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hulu Still Going Strong, But Growth Is Dropping Off Sharply  —  There's no question that Hulu has firmly established itself as one of the dominant video sites on the web.  But its incredible growth seems to be dropping off, and quickly.  Between January and February of this year …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Dave Eggers Reassures Us That Print Lives, Via Email  —  Last month, San Franciscan literary figure Dave Eggers promised to personally email anyone who feared that print is dead, and cheer them up.  He's done it!  Here's your full Dave Eggers ‘Print Lives’ Reassurance Email:
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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