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9:50 PM ET, June 3, 2010

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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Ballmer and Ozzie at D8 (live blog)  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie are slated to speak at the D: All Things Digital event on Thursday morning.  —  Check back around 8 a.m. PDT for live coverage from the event.
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Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft is “number five” in the mobile race  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer appears to know full well just how far behind his company is in the mobile market.  At the All Things Digital D8 conference this morning, he admitted that Microsoft is number 5 in the mobile race …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Ballmer: Silverlight 'certainly doesn't run on the iPhone!'
Discussion: ZDNet and Gizmodo
John Paczkowski / D8 Conference:
D8 Video: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Google
Discussion: Digits
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Ballmer: The PC Will Continue to Thrive
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Countering the Perception That the iPhone OS Is Too Closed  —  Jason Snell calls for Apple to allow sideloading native iPhone apps: … Personally, I'd welcome such a move, but I don't think it would have the effect Snell envisions.  Snell's argument is that Apple should do this to nip the argument that the iPhone is too closed.
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
Time for Apple to open up the iPhone  —  The company can blunt its competitors' biggest advantage in one stroke  —  Ever since Apple introduced the App Store, someone or other has written weekly (perhaps daily) about why Apple's tight control over the App Store is a bad idea.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Slacker Offers iPhone Music Caching Just in Time for AT&T's Caps
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
AT&T: No iPhone-iPad tethering  —  We have some bad news for the clever geeks who were hoping to take advantage of the newly announced iPhone tethering capability in the U.S. to provide an Internet connection for their iPad, avoiding paying for an iPad-specific data plan.  Looks like that won't be happening.
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO  —  If you spend any more than a few minutes a day on the Internet, you've probably already heard the story of Giorgio G.: Upset with AT&T about his iPhone eligibility dates, he e-mails the company's CEO.
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Leroy Stick / Street Giant:
Leroy Stick - the man behind @BPGlobalPR  —  My name is Leroy Stick and I am the man behind @BPGlobalPR.  First, let me begin by explaining my name.  —  When I was growing up, there was a dog that lived on my block named Leroy.  Leroy was a big dog with a disdain for leashes and a thirst for blood.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Yelp and OpenTable Join Forces  —  On Thursday evening, Yelp.com, the user-generated review Web site, and OpenTable.com, the restaurant reservations site, announced an integration that will allow Yelp users to make a restaurant reservation directly from a Yelp.com review page.
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Facebook CEO has a Richard Nixon moment  —  Commentary: Mr. Social doesn't really want to share so much  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Facebook Inc.'s 26-year-old chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, literally squirmed in his seat, took off his famous hoodie sweatshirt …
Robert Scoble / TechCrunch:
Location 2012: Death Of The Information Silos  —  Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Robert Scoble, who travels the world for Rackspace interviewing tech geeks for building43.com.  He's one of the most popular (stalked) users of location-based services and has 8,215 friends on Foursquare.
Thanks:atul
Financial Times:
Google to hand over intercepted data  —  Google will begin handing over to European regulators the rogue data it intercepted from private WiFi internet connections within the next two days, in an effort to defuse growing controversy over its latest privacy blunder.
Jon Nevitt / DoubleClick Advertiser Blog:
Investing in exchange bidding  —  We're happy to announce that we've acquired Invite Media, an innovative start-up based in New York and Philadelphia.  —  The team at Invite Media has developed technology that enables advertisers and agencies to use “real time bidding” to buy display ad space …
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CNET News:
Court examines Gizmodo devices for iPhone info  —  Authorities have finally begun examining the computers, server, and other electronic gear seized from a Gizmodo editor as part of the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype.  —  Stephen Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google To Change Gmail, Add “Normal Email” Option Instead Of Just “Conversations”  —  Google is planning to offer a standard email option in Gmail in the next few months, two executives at the company say.  —  Currently, Gmail presents email in a “Conversations” format …
Discussion: Fortune, CloudAve and Maximum PC
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
The Fastest Mobile Networks 2010  —  It's a boom time for 3G.  Where Americans were once happy with hotspots, now they're demanding to be connected anywhere—whether it's with their smartphones, iPads, or laptops.  And 3G is beginning to turn into 4G, as wireless carriers start …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's supply of Mac minis dwindle ahead of new models  —  Supply of Apple's existing Mac mini lineup has become increasingly constrained over the past two weeks as the company prepares to introduce refreshed models that may serve as a harbinger for some new I/O technology on the Mac.
Discussion: MacRumors and Engadget
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
HP says it's in the smartphone market, after all  —  HP CEO Mark Hurd certainly caused a few sad faces yesterday when he told investors and analysts that HP “didn't buy Palm to be in the smartphone business,” and now the company is trying to walk that back a little — rest easy, folks …
Paul Biba / TeleRead:
Boy do I disagree with this!  Mike Shatzkin gets it 100% wrong about the agency model!  —  Mike Shatzkin publishes a blog that is always worth reading - The Shatzkin Files.  One of his latest articles is Agency seems (to me) to be working; I hope its legal.
Discussion: Kindle Review
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zynga Buys Austin-Based Challenge Games  —  Zynga, the online gaming powerhouse, has acquired Austin, Texas-based Challenge Games.  —  The social game start-up will be renamed Zynga Austin and be focused on product development.  —  Backed by Sequoia Capital and Globespan Capital Partners …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Apple will Have a Powerful Search Engine for the “AppWorld,” John Battelle  —  LOS ANGELES — Despite the explicit denial by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on plans to build a search engine, the company is doing exactly that, says John Battelle.  —  On Tuesday night, during his on-stage dialogue …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
AOL eyeing new search deal  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.—AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said on Thursday that the company has started the process of meeting with Google and others over who will power the site's search engine going forward.  —  The company's current deal with Google is set to expire …
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Free Mobile Me Services Imminent?  —  We've reported rumors of Mobile Me getting some free services in the past, but here's some evidence.  You can see in the screenshot that this user is now a full member.  Judging by the word choice of ‘full’ we'll be seeing some free members very soon.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates on Sparring Steve Jobs and the Imperfect iPad  —  Gizmodo's favorite reader appeared yesterday in Larry King, along with his dad (who is quite the cool guy too).  They talked everything, from his philanthropic work to the iPad and his relationship with Steve Jobs.  Here are the highlights:
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Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How iTunes Genius Really Works
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Edible Apple, Thanks:atul
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn Looks To Almost Double Headcount In 2010
Thanks:atul
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google AdMob iPad SDK Beats iAd to Market
Discussion: VentureBeat, Appletell and Internet2Go
Electronista:
Amazon pushes back Kindle 2.5 by weeks for some users
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Chrome Now Supports WebM Video Format
Discussion: TechCrunch and Erictric, Thanks:fredericl
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
D8: HTC's Peter Chou on Android vs Windows, 4G and more
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Mike Elgan / Datamation:
How Google Uses You  —  Everybody knows that Google offers lots of free services.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New Reality of the Twitter Ecosystem
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Augmented Reality Get Its Own Standardized Logo
Discussion: CNET News
Wall Street Journal:
‘Vanity’ Press Shakes Up Book Industry
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digits