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9:30 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.
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Best Buy memo leaks Windows 7 pricing? …
Discussion: PC World and Download Squad
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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Derek Kerton / Techdirt:
If Everyone Likes The Palm Pre, Why So Much Hedging?  —  The Palm Pre launches at Sprint this Saturday, and you've probably been seeing an increasing amount of buzz on the subject [that is a Google search link, and today will show buzz, but if you're reading this later, will be meaningless].
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
Discussion: CNET News
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 …
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Russell Garland / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Ranks Of Active VCs Dwindling By Any Measure
Discussion: Virtual Worlds News, Thanks:atul
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, Digits and mocoNews
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: Macworld and Softpedia News
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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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.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
How Palm Designed The Pre
Discussion: Palm WebOS, Switched and PalmAddicts
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Candy.com Sells For A Sweet $3 Million  —  Just yesterday, we reported how .com domain registrations were starting to turn around again after a lackluster 2008.  Today brings further proof as the domain candy.com has just sold for $3 million to G&J Holdings.
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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Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Microsoft study debunks profitability of the underground economy  —  Cybercrime, what cybercrime and millions of dollars in profits?!  —  A newly released paper presented by Cormac Herley and Dinei Florencio at this year's Workshop on the Economics of Information Security 2009 entitled …
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, 901am and Mashable!
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.”
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
News aggregator Loud3r refocuses, raises new funding  —  Loud3r, a startup whose technology compiles news and other online content about specific topics, attempted last year to build a network of niche news sites.  That didn't work out as hoped, but chief executive Lowell Goss says the Pasadena …
 
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How Twitter's Staff Uses Twitter (And Why It Could Cause Problems)
Thanks:atul
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Measuring Up the Online Video Measurers
Ellen Messmer / Network World:
Web-hosting firm Pricewert objects to FTC shutdown
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Security Fix
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Venture Capital's Elders Say Think Small
Discussion: The Deal.com
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
Discussion: Between the Lines and SiliconBeat, Thanks:johnhcook
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