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6:15 PM ET, June 5, 2009

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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Best Buy memo explains that Vista doesn't work, details Windows 7 upgrade plans  —  Ouch.  We're guessing this is one that the suits at Best Buy would like to have back.  A leaked company memo detailing how the retailer will handle Windows 7 upgrades has accidentally given the world a tasty tidbit to opine upon.
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.
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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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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
Google Chrome for Mac: Hands on
Discussion: Softpedia News and CNET News
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Did Bing Just Leapfrog Yahoo Search?  —  Data from monitoring service StatCounter suggests that Bing, Microsoft's new decision engine, has overtaken Yahoo Search as the number two search service in the U.S. and worldwide in large part thanks to stealing market share from leader Google.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Did Bing Leapfrog Yahoo?  Not Exactly  —  We saw the same headline, based on data issued by StatCounter from Thursday.  These data reportedly show that yesterday the share of searches went like this:  — Google: 71.47 percent  — Bing: 16.28 percent  — Yahoo: 10.22 percent
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 …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Quantifying the Mobile Apps Revolution
Discussion: Gearlog, Telegraph and mocoNews
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Full specs of the BlackBerry Tour leak out  —  We all know that Bell is prepping to launch the BlackBerry Tour 9630 sometime in the near future, and now for the first time a document detailing the full specs of the hotly anticipated smartphone has leaked out.
Discussion: I4U News and Newlaunches.com
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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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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.
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: Engadget and PreCentral.net
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
How Palm Designed The Pre
Discussion: Switched, Palm WebOS and PalmAddicts
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capitalists Fight for Carried Interest  —  The venture capital industry is gearing up to fight against raising the tax on carried interest.  A key battle is differentiating itself from the private equity industry.  —  Carried interest, known as “carry” in the industry …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yes, We Know: Online Ads Are Down  —  Noting this just because it feels like the right thing to do: Online ads declined 5% in the first quarter of the year, says an industry trade group.  —  Of course, anyone who's remotely interested in online ads knows that the first 3 months of the year were miserable …
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Tech Daily Dose:
Levin To Run FCC Broadband Plan  —  Stifel Nicolaus managing director Blair Levin will return to familiar territory at the FCC, Acting Chairman Michael Copps announced Friday.  Levin, who served as chief of staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from 1993 until 1997, will join the agency …
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: deal architect and paidContent.org
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 …
Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
Get Ready for Pay per Tweet  —  Izea, formerly called Pay Per Post, is readying a Twitter ad platform called Sponsored Tweets  —  NEW YORK The company behind the controversial marketing program that pays bloggers to write about products is preparing to move into Twitter.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gary Anthes / Computerworld:
Unix turns 40: The past, present and future of a revolutionary OS  —  After four decades, the future of the operating system is clouded, but its legacy will endure.  —  Computerworld - Forty years ago this summer, a programmer sat down and knocked out in one month what would become …
Discussion: BaltTech and Internet Evolution, Thanks:jcatcw
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.
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press:
La. House backs 15-cent charge on Internet access  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 15-cent monthly surcharge should be levied on Internet access across Louisiana to fight online criminal activity, the House voted 81-9 Thursday, over the opposition of Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Sascha Segan / Gearlog:
Palm Exec: Pre's SDK is Coming Soon  —  One of the more frustrating aspects of the new Palm Pre is that most developers still haven't been able to get hold of the Pre's Mojo SDK for developing third party apps.  So far, it's only been available to a short list of preferred partners.
Discussion: all things Pre and Phone Scoop
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
In downturns, Internet cos look to sell start-ups  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many Internet and media companies that were busy buying start-ups in the boom years could shed assets they no longer deem central to their business, as the recession imposes an age of frugality.
 
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Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Web-hosting firm Pricewert objects to FTC shutdown
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Venture Capital's Elders Say Think Small
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Copyright chief: The Emperor Has No Clothes
Discussion: Techdirt
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
One year later, Microsoft feels subtle effects of Gates' transition
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Ridley Scott Working On Purefold - A Web Series Inspired By Blade Runner!
Discussion: Softpedia News, Bits, /Film and Mashable!
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How the web changed the economics of news - in all media
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Chinese Company Shows Windows XP Phone
Discussion: MobileContentToday