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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.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Best Buy memo leaks Windows 7 pricing? …
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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.
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Google Mobile Blog:
Palm Pre launching with Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube  —  As mobile technology geeks, we're really excited to see a new smartphone launch from our friends at Palm.  Palm Pre phone's webOS works great with Google Search, Google Maps, and YouTube, which are built into the device.
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  —  The Google Chrome team is delivering on its promises to deliver Mac users a native version of the company's browser.  A developer version of Chrome for both Mac and Linux users was released last night, but Google doesn't want you to download the software.
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: Digits, Gearlog 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: Newlaunches.com and I4U News
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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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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: Palm WebOS, Switched and PalmAddicts
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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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 …
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.”
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 and 901am
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Amy Gilroy / TWICE:
Nuviphone Launch ‘Getting Close’  —  Overland Park, Kan. — Garmin said its Nuvifone GPS/smartphone, whose launch has been delayed since last year, is now in the second stage of carrier certification.  —  At a shareholders meeting Friday, Garmin said the Nuvifone will be released …
 
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