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11:50 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 …
Discussion: ZDNet, Engadget, BetaNews and TechFlash
John Paczkowski / D8 Conference:
D8 Video: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Google
Discussion: Digits
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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 …
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: TUAW, MacStories, 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 …
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
How iTunes Genius Really Works  —  An Apple engineer discloses how the company's premier recommendation engine parses millions of iTunes libraries.  —  Ever since the feature debuted in 2008, there's been a lot of speculation about how iTunes Genius accomplishes its playlist-building magic.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Edible Apple, Thanks:atul
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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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: Go Rumors, Fortune, CloudAve and Maximum PC
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Douglas Quenqua / ClickZ:
Google Quietly Brings Twitter Feeds to Display Ads  —  Google has quietly invited a handful of advertisers to test a new display-ad integration with Twitter.  —  The layout of the ads is simple: The familiar Twitter bird is in the left-hand corner, and the advertiser's latest tweet is featured in a box centered in the unit.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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
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 …
 
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Chris Clark / Release Candidate One:
A Services Menu for iPhone
Discussion: MacStories
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bit.ly Links Now At 4.7 Billion Clicks A Month As Yahoo, MySpace And Others Go Pro
Discussion: bit.ly blog
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn Looks To Almost Double Headcount In 2010
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google AdMob iPad SDK Beats iAd to Market
Discussion: VentureBeat, Appletell and Internet2Go
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
D8: HTC's Peter Chou on Android vs Windows, 4G and more
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Elgan / Datamation:
How Google Uses You  —  Everybody knows that Google offers lots of free services.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Free Mobile Me Services Imminent?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The New Reality of the Twitter Ecosystem
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Augmented Reality Get Its Own Standardized Logo
Discussion: CNET News
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Bill Gates on Sparring Steve Jobs and the Imperfect iPad
Discussion: techeblog.com
Wall Street Journal:
‘Vanity’ Press Shakes Up Book Industry
Discussion: VentureBeat and Digits