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12:10 PM ET, June 5, 2009

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Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Apple to launch cut-price version of iPhone  —  Apple plans to introduce a cheaper version of its popular iPhone as soon as Monday, in a move that could dramatically increase the company's share of the market for web-surfing devices, people familiar with the initiative said on Thursday.
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Michael Jones / TUAW:
Rumor: New iPhone to be called “iPhone Video?”  —  Further fueling the iPhone fire (try saying that one five times fast), TUAW has received an anonymous tip stating that AT&T's support website will be updated with “iPhone Video” as one of the model choices when choosing Apple as the phone manufacturer.
Michael Jones / TUAW:
Rumor: New iPhone pictures leaked?  —  With the increasing evidence that a new iPhone may be just around the corner, we've seen our share of screenshots, speculations, and mock-ups.  Now, the Italian iPhone blog iSpazio has posted pictures of what could possibly be the next iPhone (English Translations: here and here).
Jason Toff / Chromium Blog:
Danger: Mac and Linux builds available  —  In order to get more feedback from developers, we have early developer channel versions of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux, but whatever you do, please DON'T DOWNLOAD THEM!  Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Releases Dev Version Of Chrome For Mac And Linux.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs Returning to Apple After Nearly ‘Starving to Death,’ Says WSJ  —  Steve Jobs is set to return to Apple on schedule at the end of June, “people familiar with Apple” tell the Wall Street Journal.  He might also end up at the company's developer's conference next week, the paper said.
DigiTimes:
Acer Android netbooks will still ship with Windows, reveals chairman  —  The Android netbooks recently announced by Acer will actually ship as dual-boot systems with both Android and Windows, according Acer chairman JT Wang.  —  Wang pointed out that the dual-OS strategy is much safer …
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Palm Pre Review Matrix: What Everybody's Saying  —  When a bunch of reviews hit, it's useful—and sometimes funny—to see how they echo each other, and how they differ.  —  In the Palm Pre reviews, nobody used the word “iPhone” as much as WSJ's Walt Mossberg—he was a third more likely …
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Marguerite Reardon / Crave:
Sprint CEO says Pre deal is longer than six months  —  NEW YORK—Verizon Wireless's claims that it will be offering the Palm Pre within six months are not accurate, says Sprint Nextel's CEO Dan Hesse.  —  “They need to check their facts,” Hesse said in an interview at a press event here to launch the Palm Pre.
Discussion: Unwired View, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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Amol Sharma / Digits:
Sprint Prior to Pre Launch: Devices First, Apps Later
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google: Enterprise business profitable; Says email migration ‘proof points’ building  —  Google Enterprise president Dave Girouard said the search giant's corporate apps business is small potatoes relative to advertising, but has “a few 100 million dollars” in revenue and is “profitable and growing.”
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:   Google Says Enterprise Business Is ‘Profitable And Growing’
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nintendo CEO: Wii care about your heartbeat, but not your iPhone, the recession or free games  —  Satoru Iwata is very excited about your heartbeat.  The chief executive of Nintendo wants to capture it on his new Wii Vitality Sensor, an add-on peripheral for the Nintendo Wii …
Bradley Hebdon / uxbydesign.org:
Designing the Palm Pre: An interview with Michelle Koh  —  It's the question on everyone's lips these days.  Is the Palm Pre going to make an impact large enough to save both Palm and Sprint?  We shall see how this plays out once the anticipated savior descends to earth on June 6, 2009 AD.
Discussion: Palm WebOS
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
How Palm Designed The Pre
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Ray Ozzie's cloud hangs over the Valley  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Ray Ozzie tends to see things much like a Seattle meteorologist—always cloudy.  —  Making a trip to sunny Silicon Valley, Ozzie addressed Silicon Valley's Churchill Club, outlining the transformational role that cloud computing will play.
Google Code Blog:
Introducing Page Speed  —  At Google, we focus constantly on speed; we believe that making our websites load and display faster improves the user's experience and helps them become more productive.  Today, we want to share with the web community some of the best practices we've used and developed …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google and the Evolution of Search III: What's Next in Search?  Much, Much Better Search  —  For many years, Google (GOOG), on its Explanation of Our Search Results page, claimed that “a site's ranking in Google's search results is automatically determined by computer algorithms using thousands …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Ridley Scott Working On Purefold - A Web Series Inspired By Blade Runner!  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  Independent studio Ag8 has announced Purefold - a series of linked 5- to 10-minute web videos inspired by Blade Runner.  Purefold won't be a sequel or prequel to Blade Runner …
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Chinese Company Shows Windows XP Phone  —  A Chinese company showed what it calls the world's first mobile phone to run Windows XP at the Computex exhibition in Taipei on Friday.  —  The xpPhone can wake Windows from standby mode to receive calls and text messages.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Apple Races to Keep Ahead of Rivals  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With its coveted gadgets and resurgent stock price, Apple has cast something of a spell on both consumers and investors.  —  At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins here on Monday, Apple executives will try to sustain that magic …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Adds Apps & Widgets To Mail, My Yahoo & More  —  If you've ever wanted to send money via Paypal without leaving your email In box, or if you wanted to publish a blog post without leaving your My Yahoo page, today's announcement from Yahoo is sure to put a smile on your face.
Ian Hardy / mobilesyrup.com:
Bell BlackBerry Tour 9630 launching Mid-July  —  Thanks to our friends in the east coast Canada for sending us this wonderful piece of news!  We have received news that the upcoming BlackBerry Tour 9630 will be launching on Bell mid-July.  The full internal spec sheet shows all the needed information …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Adobe Strives to Crack the Smart-Phone Market  —  Shifting Strategies, Opposition From Apple Have Slowed Effort to Push Flash Video Software Beyond Computers  —  Adobe Systems Inc., which makes the Flash software widely used on computers to play Internet videos, is trying to crack a new market: smart phones.
Paulbradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
How the web changed the economics of news - in all media  —  Listening to news executives talk about micropayments, Kindles, public subsidies, micropayments, collusion, blocking Google and anything else that might save their businesses, it occurs to me that they may have missed some developments in, ah, well, the past ten years.
No name's space:
The future of Windows Live Movie Maker  —  Hi, and welcome to post #1 about the first official release of Windows Live Movie Maker.  This is a follow-up to previous posts (here and here) on this blog about the Movie Maker beta, and will give you an update on where we are.
Discussion: TechCrunch and LiveSide
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Hackers Claim $10,000 Prize for Breaking Into StrongWebmail  —  Hackers love a challenge.  And more than that, they love cash.  —  That's what Telesign found out this week.  A provider of voice-based authentication software, the company challenged hackers to break into its StrongWebmail.com Web site late last week.
 
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Google Mobile Blog:
Palm Pre launching with Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Palm WebOS
PC World:
Users Now Get More Bang for Broadband Buck, Says Study
Discussion: DSLreports
EricN / Windows Mobile Team Blog:
SDK, DTK, DRK: WTF?!
Discussion: Softpedia News, WMExperts and LiveSide
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Oprah: Tech's Latest Trendsetter
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
Unix turns 40: The past, present and future of a revolutionary OS
Discussion: OSNews, Thanks:jcatcw
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Modeling The True Value Of Social Networks: 2009 Edition
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
The coolest way to buy creme brulee in San Fran: the Twitter food cart
Thanks:loic
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Short Lifespan Of The iPhone
Google LatLong:
Introducing smart navigation in Street View: double-click to go (anywhere!)